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Jim Moran
Jim Moran.jpg
U.S. House, Virginia, District 8
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 1991-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 23
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorStanford E. Parris (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 1990
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$8,935,253
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Mayor of Alexandria, Virginia
1985-1990
Vice Mayor of Alexandria, Virginia
1982-1984
City Council of Alexandria, Virginia
1979-1982
Education
Bachelor'sCollege of the Holy Cross
Master'sUniversity of Pittsburgh
Personal
BirthdayMay 16, 1945
Place of birthBuffalo, New York
ProfessionInvestment Broker, Civil Servant
Net worth$16,001
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
James P. "Jim" Moran (b. May 16, 1945) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives representing Virginia's 8th congressional district. Moran was first elected in 1990 and ran for re-election on November 6, 2012. Moran is currently serving his eleventh consecutive term. [1].

Moran is running for re-election in Virginia's 8th congressional district in the general election on November 4, 2014.

Prior to being elected to the House Moran was Mayor of Alexandria, Virginia from 1985-1990.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Moran is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

Moran was born in Buffalo, New York. After earning his B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross in 1967, Moran attended the Bernard Baruch School of Finance, City University of New York for several years before pursuing his M.P.A. at the University of Pittsburgh in 1970. He later attended the University of Southern California for a year.[2]

Career

After earning his degrees, Moran began working for government agencies and eventually entered politics.

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Moran serves on the following committees:[3]

  • Appropriations Committee
    • Subcommittee on Defense
    • Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies (Ranking member)
    • Subcommittee on Legislative Branch

2011-12

Moran was a member of the following committees:[4]

  • Appropriations Committee
    • Subcommittee on the Interior and Environment Ranking member
    • Subcommittee on Defense
    • Subcommittee on Military Construction

Issues

Campaign themes

According to Moran's website, his campaign themes included:

  • Economy: "It is fiscally and morally irresponsible to allow the wealthiest Americans to continue to benefit from reduced taxes while attempting to balance the budget on the backs of working Americans, seniors and our children."
  • Environment: "...committed to supporting programs and legislation that promote environmental stewardship and develop sustainable and renewable energy sources."
  • Healthcare: "...been a steadfast advocate for the most vulnerable in our society and has consistently fought for legislation that will increase healthcare coverage for low-income children and families."[5]

Investigation

Along with six other members of the House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, which controls Pentagon spending, Moran fell under scrutiny by ethics investigators in the fall of 2009. Two separate ethics offices are examining the seven lawmakers who helped steer federal funds to clients of the PMA Group. The lawmakers under scrutiny, John P. Murtha (D-Penn.), Pete Visclosky (D-Ind.), Moran, Norm Dicks (D-Wash.), Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) , Bill Young (R-Fla.) and Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.), also received campaign contributions from the firm and its clients.[6]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Moran voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 16 Democrats that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[7]

Obamacare

Voted "No" Moran opposed the bill in September 2013 that defunded Obamacare and funded the government through the rest of 2013. Moran gave an impassioned speech prior to the vote. He said, "I used to be really proud of this institution. I used to be able to go through my community and, many of those who have served as long as I have, know what it was like to be proud to be a member of Congress.” He added, "We know what the government can do. This bill doesn’t allow the government to do what it can to improve the lives of our people. We need to believe in this government again. We need to do what this Congress is meant to do!"[8]

Elections

2012

See also: Virginia's 8th congressional district elections, 2012

Moran won re-election in 2012. He defeated Bruce Shuttleworth in the June 12 Democratic primary. He defeated Jason Howell (I), Patrick Murray (R), and Janet Murphy (G) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[9][10]

U.S. House, Virginia District 8 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim Moran Incumbent 64.6% 226,847
     Republican Patrick Murray 30.6% 107,370
     Independent Jason Howell 2.9% 10,180
     Green Janet Murphy 1.7% 5,985
     Write-In N/A 0.2% 805
Total Votes 351,187
Source: Virginia State Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Virginia's 8th Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJim Moran Incumbent 74.2% 23,018
Bruce Shuttleworth 25.8% 8,006
Total Votes 31,024

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Moran is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Moran raised a total of $8,935,253 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 4, 2013.[22]

Jim Moran's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Virginia, District 8) Won $1,102,046
2010 US House (Virginia, District 8) Won $1,312,117
2008 US House (Virginia, District 8) Won $1,286,993
2006 US House (Virginia, District 8) Won $1,339,440
2004 US House (Virginia, District 8) Won $1,761,473
2002 US House (Virginia, District 8) Won $1,106,093
2000 US House (Virginia, District 8) Won $1,027,091
Grand Total Raised $8,935,253

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Moran's reports.[23]

Jim Moran (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[24]April 15, 2013$356,653.49$133,967.71$(128,963.26)$361,657.94
July Quarterly[25]July 15, 2013$361,657.94$338,210.65$(122,752.70)$577,115.89
Running totals
$472,178.36$(251,715.96)

Defense contractors

According to a July 2013 Politico report, Moran made the top 10 list of Hill members receiving defense industry contributions. As of July 2013, Moran had received more than $47,000 from top defense firms.[26]

2012

Breakdown of the source of Moran's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Moran won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that re-election cycle, Moran's campaign committee raised a total of $1,102,047 and spent $1,170,285.[27]

2010

Breakdown of the source of Moran's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Moran won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Moran's campaign committee raised a total of $1,312,117 and spent $1,376,173.[28]

U.S. House of Representatives, Virginia, 8th District, 2010 - Jim Moran Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,312,117
Total Spent $1,376,173
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $446,468
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $442,922
Top contributors to Jim Moran's campaign committee
Vornado Realty Trust$16,800
Group W Inc$13,600
Mantech International$13,200
BAE Systems$12,500
Boeing Co$12,400
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Computers/Internet$129,150
Lobbyists$89,708
Misc Defense$75,300
Real Estate$71,600
Defense Electronics$68,750

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Moran is a "far-left Democratic leader" as of July 2, 2013.[29]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[30]

Moran most often votes with:

Moran least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Moran missed 769 of 14,459 roll call votes from January 1991 to April 2013. This amounts to 5.3%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of April 2013.[31]


Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Moran paid his congressional staff a total of $1,030,406 in 2011. Overall, Virginia ranks 29th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[32]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Moran's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $2,002 and $30,000. That averages to $16,001, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874. His average net worth decreased by 94% from 2010.[33]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Moran's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $88,018 to $445,000. That averages to $266,509, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[34]

National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Moran ranked 101st in the liberal rankings in 2012.[35]

2011

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Moran ranked 104th in the liberal rankings.[36]


Voting with party

July 2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Moran has voted with the Democratic Party 93.2% of the time, which ranked 97 among the 201 House Democratic members as of July 2013.[37]

Personal

Moran and his wife, LuAnn Bennett, have four children and four grandchildren.[38]

In the news

In October 2012, Moran's son, Patrick Moran, resigned from his position on his father's campaign after a video by James O'Keefe showed Patrick Moran offering advice to an undercover videographer who claimed to want to commit voter fraud.[39]

In December 2012, Patrick Moran pleaded guilty to felony and domestic violence charges that arose after he assaulted his girlfriend outside of a nightclub. The assault, which occurred on December 1, 2012, left Moran's girlfriend with bloody nose and a fractured skull. Jim Moran called the assault an "embarrassing situation."[40]

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External links


References

  1. Politico "2012 Election Map, Virginia"
  2. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "James P. Moran," Accessed November 9, 2011
  3. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  4. Official House website "About Jim," Accessed November 9, 2011
  5. Jim Moran for Congress, "Issues," Accessed September 20, 2012
  6. 7 on defense panel scrutinized, Washington Post, October 30, 2009
  7. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  8. Daily Caller, "Democrat freaks out over Obamacare defunding vote: ‘We need to believe in this government again!’", accessed September 23, 2013
  9. Virginia State Board of Elections-2012 Primary Results
  10. Politico "2012 Election Map"
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 1990," accessed March 28, 2013
  22. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for James Moran," Accessed April 4, 2013
  23. Federal Election Commission "Jim Moran Summary Report," Accessed June 26, 2013
  24. Federal Election Commission "Jim Moran April Quarterly," Accessed July 24, 2013
  25. Federal Election Commission "Jim Moran July Quarterly," Accessed July 24, 2013
  26. Politico, "Top 10 Hill recipients of defense contributions," Accessed July 11, 2013
  27. Open Secrets "Moran Campaign Contributions," Accessed February 24, 2013
  28. Open Secrets "Jim Moran 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 10, 2011
  29. Gov Track "Moran" Accessed July 2, 2013
  30. OpenCongress, "Rep. Jim Moran," accessed August 8, 2013
  31. GovTrack, "James Moran," Accessed April 11, 2013
  32. LegiStorm, "Jim Moran," Accessed September 13, 2012
  33. OpenSecrets.org, "Moran (R-VA), 2011"
  34. OpenSecrets.org, "Jim Moran (D-Va), 2010," Accessed September 13, 2012
  35. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  36. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  37. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  38. Jim Moran campaign website "About Jim," Accessed November 9, 2011
  39. Talking Points Memo, "Rep. Jim Moran’s Son Resigns Over James O’Keefe Video," October 24, 2012
  40. Weekly Standard, "Congressman's Son Pleads Guilty to Assaulting Girlfriend--Bloodies Nose, Fractures Skull," December 12, 2012
Political offices
Preceded by
Stanford E. Parris
U.S. House of Representatives - Virginia, District 8
1991-Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Mayor of Alexandria, Virginia
1985-1990
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Vice Mayor of Alexandria, Virginia
1982-1984
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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City Council of Alexandria, Virginia
1979-1982
Succeeded by
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