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{{tnr}}'''James P. "Jim" Moran''' (b. May 16, 1945, in Buffalo, New York) 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 [[Virginia's 8th Congressional District elections, 2012|November 6, 2012]]. Moran is currently serving his eleventh consecutive term. <ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/House/2012/ ''Politico'' "2012 Election Map, Virginia"]</ref>.
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{{tnr}}'''James P. "Jim" Moran''' (b. May 16, 1945, in Buffalo, New York) 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 [[Virginia's 8th Congressional District elections, 2012|November 6, 2012]]. Moran is currently serving his eleventh consecutive term.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/House/2012/ ''Politico'' "2012 Election Map, Virginia"]</ref>.
  
 
On January 15, 2014, Moran announced that he would [[List of U.S. Congress incumbents not running for re-election in 2014|not seek re-election]] to [[Virginia's 8th Congressional District]] in the [[Virginia's 8th Congressional District elections, 2014|2014 midterm elections]].<ref>[http://atr.rollcall.com/virginias-moran-announces-retirement-from-congress/ ''Roll Call'', "Virginia’s Moran Announces Retirement From Congress," accessed January 15, 2014]</ref>
 
On January 15, 2014, Moran announced that he would [[List of U.S. Congress incumbents not running for re-election in 2014|not seek re-election]] to [[Virginia's 8th Congressional District]] in the [[Virginia's 8th Congressional District elections, 2014|2014 midterm elections]].<ref>[http://atr.rollcall.com/virginias-moran-announces-retirement-from-congress/ ''Roll Call'', "Virginia’s Moran Announces Retirement From Congress," accessed January 15, 2014]</ref>

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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
Cost per vote$5.16 in 2012
First electedNovember 6, 1990
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$8,000.50
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
James P. "Jim" Moran (b. May 16, 1945, in Buffalo, New York) 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].

On January 15, 2014, Moran announced that he would not seek re-election to Virginia's 8th Congressional District in the 2014 midterm elections.[2]

Prior to being elected to the House, Moran was the mayor of Alexandria, Virginia, from 1985-1990.[3]

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.[3]

Career

The following is an abbreviated list of Moran's professional and political career:[3]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Moran serves on the following committees:[4]

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

2011-2012

Moran served on the following committees:[5]

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

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[6] For more information pertaining to Moran's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

NDAA

Voted "No" Moran voted in opposition of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[8]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" Moran voted in opposition of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[8]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" Moran voted in favor of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[8]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Moran voted in support of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[9] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[8]

Economy

Farm bill

Neutral/Abstain On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, known as the Farm Bill.[10] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill provides for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[11][12] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[12] Moran did not vote on the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[13][14] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[14] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[15] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Moran joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[13][14]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[16] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[17] Moran voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[18]

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!"[19]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[20] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Moran voted for HR 2775.[21]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" Moran voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[22] The vote largely followed party lines.[23]

Healthcare

Repealing Obamacare

Voted "No" Moran has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[24]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "No" Moran voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[25]

Previous congressional sessions

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.[26]

Campaign themes

2012

According to Moran's website, his campaign themes included:[27]

  • 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."

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 examined 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.[28]

Elections

2014

See also: Virginia's 8th Congressional District elections, 2014

On January 15, 2014, Moran announced he would not be seeking re-election in 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.[29]

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.[30][31]

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 District 8 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.[43]

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.[44]

Jim Moran (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[45]April 15, 2013$356,653.49$133,967.71$(128,963.26)$361,657.94
July Quarterly[46]July 15, 2013$361,657.94$338,210.65$(122,752.70)$577,115.89
October Quarterly[47]October 15, 2013$577,115.89$171,114.53$(104,088.76)$644,141.66
Year-end[48]January 31, 2014$644,141$188,982$(123,088)$710,036
April Quarterly[49]April 15, 2014$710,036.16$5,206.89$(195,787.31)$519,455.74
Running totals
$837,481.78$(674,680.03)

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.[50]

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.[51]

Cost per vote

Moran spent $5.16 per vote received in 2012.

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.[52]

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.[53]

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.[54]

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.[55]

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.[56]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2012

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Moran's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $1,001 to $15,000. That averages to $8,000.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Moran ranked as the 404th most wealthy representative in 2012.[57]

Jim Moran Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net Worth% Difference from previous year
2012$8,000.50-50%
2011$16,001-94%
2010$266,509N/A

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.[58]

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.[59]

Voting with party

July 2013

Moran voted with the Democratic Party 93.2% of the time, which ranked 97th among the 201 House Democratic members as of July 2013.[60]

Personal

Moran and his wife, LuAnn Bennett, have four children and four grandchildren.[61] The first concert he attended was the Rolling Stones. He lists Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. as his greatest inspirations.[62]

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.[63]

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."[64]

Recent news

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See also

External links


References

  1. Politico "2012 Election Map, Virginia"
  2. Roll Call, "Virginia’s Moran Announces Retirement From Congress," accessed January 15, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "James P. Moran," Accessed November 9, 2011
  4. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  5. Official House website "About Jim," Accessed November 9, 2011
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Moran's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 15, 2013
  9. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  10. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  11. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 NY Times, "Senate Passes Long-Stalled Farm Bill, With Clear Winners and Losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  15. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  16. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  18. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. Daily Caller, "Democrat freaks out over Obamacare defunding vote: ‘We need to believe in this government again!’", accessed September 23, 2013
  20. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  21. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  22. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  23. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Moran's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 15, 2013
  24. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Moran's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Health Care," accessed October 15, 2013
  25. Project Vote Smart, "Moran on abortion," accessed October 15, 2013
  26. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  27. Jim Moran for Congress, "Issues," Accessed September 20, 2012
  28. 7 on defense panel scrutinized, Washington Post, October 30, 2009
  29. Politico, "Jim Moran to announce retirement", accessed January 15, 2014
  30. Virginia State Board of Elections-2012 Primary Results
  31. Politico "2012 Election Map"
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  33. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  34. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  35. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  36. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  37. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  38. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  39. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  40. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  41. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
  42. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 1990," accessed March 28, 2013
  43. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for James Moran," Accessed April 4, 2013
  44. Federal Election Commission, "Moran Summary Report," accessed June 26, 2013
  45. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  46. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  47. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  48. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End Report," accessed February 18, 2014
  49. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 22, 2014
  50. Politico, "Top 10 Hill recipients of defense contributions," Accessed July 11, 2013
  51. Open Secrets "Moran Campaign Contributions," Accessed February 24, 2013
  52. Open Secrets "Jim Moran 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 10, 2011
  53. Gov Track "Moran" Accessed July 2, 2013
  54. OpenCongress, "Rep. Jim Moran," accessed August 8, 2013
  55. GovTrack, "James Moran," Accessed April 11, 2013
  56. LegiStorm, "Jim Moran," Accessed September 13, 2012
  57. OpenSecrets.org "Moran, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
  58. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  59. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  60. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  61. Jim Moran campaign website "About Jim," Accessed November 9, 2011
  62. Roll Call, "Take Five", accessed November 4, 2013
  63. Talking Points Memo, "Rep. Jim Moran’s Son Resigns Over James O’Keefe Video," October 24, 2012
  64. 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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