Alex Mooney

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Alex X. Mooney
Alex X. Mooney (2008).jpg
Member of the Maryland Senate
from the 3rd district
In office
January 13, 1999 – January 12, 2011
Preceded by John W. Derr
Succeeded by Ronald N. Young
Personal details
Born (1971-06-07) June 7, 1971 (age 43)
Washington, D.C., United States
Political party Republican
Religion Roman Catholic

Alex X. Mooney (born June 7, 1971) is an American politician. He served as a Maryland State Senator, representing District 3, from 1999 through 2011. In the 2014 elections, he is running for the United States House of Representatives for West Virginia's 2nd congressional district. He is a member of the Republican Party.

Early life, education, and early career[edit]

Mooney's mother was a Cuban refugee who escaped from political imprisonment shortly after the Bay of Pigs Invasion.[1] From a family of Irish immigrants, his father Vincent grew up in Long Island, New York. He met Lala when they both attended Catholic University. Mooney was born in 1971 in Washington D.C. He graduated from Frederick High School. There he was elected as Student Government Association President.[1] In 1993, he received his B.A. in philosophy from Dartmouth College. While attending Dartmouth, he ran for the New Hampshire House of Representatives in Grafton County's 10th District. He was in last place with 8% of the vote.[2]

After college, Mooney served as Staff Assistant to U.S. Representative Roscoe G. Bartlett, remaining as his assistant until 1995. That year, he became a legislative analyst for the Republican Conference of the U.S. House of Representatives.[3]

In addition to his political work, Mooney also is a member of the Knights of Columbus. He also is the Executive Director of the National Journalism Center [2], a position he has held since 2005. In 2007 Mooney was elected to the Executive Committee of the Dartmouth College Association of Alumni.[4]

Maryland Senate[edit]

He formerly represented Maryland's District 3rd, which covers parts of Washington and Frederick Counties.


Alex Mooney has run for public office in three different states during his political career: New Hampshire, Maryland, and most recently West Virginia.[5] His first run for public office was in New Hampshire where he came up short. He then moved and ran for Maryland State Senate until losing in 2010. He is currently campaigning for U.S. House in West Virginia. When Mooney ran for the Maryland Senate in 1998, he defeated incumbent Republican John W. Derr in the primary election and Democrat Ronald S. Bird in the general election.[6] In 2002, Mooney won re-election defeating Democrat Sue Hecht, with 55% of the vote.[7] Mooney won re-election in 2006 with 52% of the vote against Candy Greenway.[8] In 2010, Democrat Ronald N. Young, Mayor of Frederick defeated him 51%-49%.[9][10]


Mooney received the Maryland Taxpayer of the Year award in 2000 and the National Hero of the Taxpayer Award for 2003. He has also received the top business rating in the state by the Maryland Business for Responsive Government.

A 2008 article quoted Mooney as stating "I'd say Republicans believe in oversight." Mooney traveled to New Hampshire to testify in support of a state bill that would require legislative approval for amendments that the private Board of Trustees of Dartmouth College wished to make to its charter.[11]

Committee assignments[edit]

In the Maryland State Senate, Mooney was a member of the Judicial Proceedings Committee, the Joint Committee on Investigation, and formerly a member of the Joint Committee on Federal Relations, and the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee. He served on the Maryland Rural Caucus, the Taxpayers Protection Caucus, and the Maryland Veterans Caucus.

Post-Senate career[edit]

Chairman of State GOP[edit]

On December 11, 2010, Mooney was elected as Chair of the Maryland Republican Party.

2012 congressional election[edit]

After redistricting, 85 year old Republican incumbent U.S. Congressman Roscoe Bartlett was placed into a district that Obama won. Portions of Baltimore and Harford counties as well as Carroll County were taken away from the 6th District during redistricting. More of Montgomery County was put into the district, while another part of Montgomery County was removed and added to northern Frederick County to reform the 6th District.[12] His current district has Obama at just 40%, while the newly redrawn district has Obama at 56%.[13] After creating an exploratory committee to run for the nomination,[14] Mooney decided not to challenge the incumbent, U.S. Congressman Roscoe Bartlett.[15]

2014 congressional election[edit]

In March 2012, Mooney filed as a candidate for Maryland's 6th congressional district 2014 race. But, because Mooney also worked for the 6th Congressional District Congressman Roscoe Bartlett as an outreach director, Mooney subsequently had to withdraw his candidacy after conflicting with House Ethics Committee rules.[16][17]

Mooney moved to West Virginia and declared his candidacy for West Virginia's 2nd congressional district.[18] He received the Republican Party nomination on May 13 beating six other opponents in Republican primary.[19] Mooney won 15 of the 17 counties in the congressional district with an overall total of 36.02 percent of the vote.[20] Mooney faces Democrat Nick Casey in the 2014 General Election.[21]

Electoral history[edit]

  • 2010 Race for Maryland State Senate – District 3[22]
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Ronald N. Young, Dem. 22,710   51.09%    Won
Alex X. Mooney, Rep. 21,666   48.74%    Lost
Other Write-Ins 75   0.17%    Lost
  • 2006 Race for Maryland State Senate – District 3[23]
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Alex X. Mooney, Rep. 21,844   51.9%    Won
Candy O. Greenway, Dem. 20,111   47.8%    Lost
Other Write-Ins 104   0.2%    Lost
  • 2002 Race for Maryland State Senate – District 3[24]
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Alex X. Mooney, Rep. 21,617   55.0%    Won
C. Sue Hecht, Dem. 17,654   44.9%    Lost
Other Write-Ins 66   0.2%    Lost
  • 1998 Race for Maryland State Senate – District 3[25]
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Alex X. Mooney, Rep. 18,399   56%    Won
Ronald S. Bird, Dem. 14,212   44%    Lost

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Welcome to
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  3. ^ Stephanie Desmon (2002-10-21). "Frederick Senate race has harsh tone; 'Dirty' maneuvering marks contentious contest between Hecht, Mooney". The Baltimore Sun. 
  4. ^ "Dartmouth Alumni". Trustees of Dartmouth College. 
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  6. ^ Gubernatorial Primary - September 15, 1998
  7. ^ Maryland State Board of Elections
  8. ^ Maryland State Board of Elections
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  11. ^ John Gregg (2008-01-22). "College Charter Bill Advances". The Valley News. 
  12. ^ "Republicans Outnumber Dems Running for GOP Rep's Maryland Seat". Fox News. November 11, 2011. 
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  14. ^ Pershing, Ben (December 1, 2011). "State GOP chair Alex Mooney to challenge Roscoe Bartlett in primary". The Washington Post. 
  15. ^ Pershing, Ben (January 10, 2012). "State GOP Chair Alex Mooney won’t challenge Bartlett in primary". The Washington Post. 
  16. ^ Pershing, Ben (September 20, 2012). "Bartlett aide, state GOP head Alex Mooney drops candidacy to comply with ethics rules". The Washington Post. 
  17. ^ Kilar, Steve (September 22, 2012). "Bartlett aide admits he erred by not disavowing his own candidacy". The Baltimore Sun. 
  18. ^ Messina, Lawrence (14 July 2013). "2014 field growing in W.Va. federal races". Sunday Gazette-Mail. 
  19. ^ Tennant, Natalie. "West Virginia Secretary of State". West Virginia Secretary of State. West Virginia Office of the Secretary of State. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 
  20. ^ Tennant, Natalie. West Virginia Office of the Secretary of State. West Virginia Secretary of State |url= missing title (help). Retrieved 7 July 2014. 
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  22. ^ "State Senate Results". Maryland State Board of Elections. Retrieved September 21, 2012. 
  23. ^ "State Senate Results". Maryland State Board of Elections. Retrieved October 8, 2007. 
  24. ^ "State Senate Results". Maryland State Board of Elections. Retrieved October 8, 2007. 
  25. ^ "State Senate Results". Maryland State Board of Elections. Retrieved October 8, 2007. 

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