Brian Moran

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Brian Moran
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15th Secretary of Public Safety of the Commonwealth of Virginia
Assumed office
January 11, 2014
Governor Terence R. McAuliffe
Preceded by Bryan M. Rhode
17th Chairman of the
Democratic Party of Virginia
In office
December 4, 2010 – December 8, 2012
Preceded by C. Richard Cranwell
Succeeded by Charniele L. Herring
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 46th district
In office
January 10, 1996 – December 12, 2008
Preceded by Bernard S. Cohen
Succeeded by Charniele Herring
Personal details
Born Brian Joseph Moran
(1959-09-09) September 9, 1959 (age 55)
Natick, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Karyn Patricia Kranz
Relations Jim Moran (brother)
Residence Alexandria, Virginia
Alma mater Framingham State College, Catholic University of America
Profession Lawyer
Religion Roman Catholic

Brian Joseph Moran (born September 9, 1959) is an American politician and a member of the Democratic Party. He has served as Secretary of Public Safety in the Cabinet of Governor Terry McAuliffe since January, 2014, and was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 1996 until 2008, representing Northern Virginia's 46th district.

Moran was a primary candidate for Governor of Virginia in 2009, hoping to succeed fellow Democrat Tim Kaine, but on June 9, 2009, he lost the Democratic Party nomination to Creigh Deeds, a member of the Virginia Senate.

Early life[edit]

Moran was born September 9, 1959 in Natick, Massachusetts, the youngest of seven children in an Irish Catholic family. At 9, Moran marched 20 miles with his sister Mary to protest hunger. At 13, he took the train to Washington to watch the Watergate hearings. As a teenager, Moran bagged groceries, rode a paper route and worked a graveyard shift at a gas station. He was the captain of his high school football team, playing in a stadium built by the Great Depression-era Works Project Administration. His parents were Roosevelt Democrats, and Moran says that one of his first memories was going door to door for local Democratic candidates with his father, former professional football player James Patrick Moran, Sr.

Moran attended university at Framingham State College, and later the Catholic University of America, where he earned his Juris Doctor from the Columbus School of Law in 1988.[1]

Moran's older brother is Jim Moran, a U.S. Congressman from Virginia's 8th district.[2][3] The elder Moran helped raise funds for his brother during his gubernatorial campaign, and both represent areas in Northern Virginia, but the two have differing opinions on several issues such as gun control and parole laws.[4]


After a year of clerking, he became a prosecutor in Arlington County. He worked cases ranging up to rape and murder. He left the prosecutor's office after 7 years and ran for the House of Delegates in 1995 at the suggestion of Mark Warner.

After being elected, Moran served on the Transportation, Courts of Justice, and Health Welfare and Institutions Committees. He is a repeat winner of Mothers Against Drunk Driving Legislator of the Year, a recipient of the Tech-10 award from the Northern Virginia Technology Council, and a Friend of Business awardee from the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce. Moran also was named the 2006 Legislator of the Year for the Virginia Sheriffs Association. Moran resigned his seat on December 12, 2008 to pursue the Virginia governorship full-time.[5]

In 2001, Moran was elected to chair the House Democratic Caucus succeeding Creigh Deeds who was elected to the Virginia State Senate. During his tenure, Democrats added seats in every consecutive general election and ultimately held 44 of the chamber's 100 seats. Moran spent the better part of 2006 and 2007 traveling the state to recruit and support House candidates for the 2007 election, when all 100 Virginia House of Delegates seats were on the ballot (as in every other odd-numbered year).

Moran formed a fundraising committee to campaign for Governor in 2009.[6] Mame Reiley served as director of Virginians for Brian Moran, helping Moran in his election bid for Governor, from 2007 to 2009. Moran ultimately lost the Democratic nomination for governor to Creigh Deeds, who received more than twice as many votes as Moran. Moran came in third, Terry McAuliffe second. On December 4, 2010, Moran was elected Chair of the Democratic Party of Virginia, defeating Peter Rousselot of Arlington County.[7]

In December 2013, Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe announced he was nominating Moran to serve as Virginia's next Secretary of Public Safety, which is the Cabinet position with supervision of the Virginia State Police, the state's alcoholic beverage control laws, the Virginia Department of Corrections, and the Virginia National Guard. Previous Secretaries of Public Safety have included former Virginia state Attorney General Jerry Kilgore and John W. Marshall, the son of late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.[8]


  1. ^ "Historical Bio for Brian J. Moran". Virginia House of Delegates. Retrieved March 21, 2010. 
  2. ^ Fisher, Marc (February 8, 2009). "Moran Relying on Democratic Roots, Judgement in Run For Governor". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 21, 2010. 
  3. ^ Schulte, Brigid (May 27, 2009). "Democrats' Inside Man Steps Into Spotlight". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 21, 2010. 
  4. ^ Gardner, Amy (February 11, 2009). "A Time to Reevaluate Family Ties". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 16, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Moran Resigns Va. House to Run for Governor". The Washington Post. December 12, 2008. Retrieved April 26, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Moran for Governor - Brian". The Virginia Public Access Project. Retrieved 2008-08-12. 
  7. ^ Kumar, Anita (December 5, 2010). "Democrats in Virginia tap Brian Moran to lead party". Washington Post. p. C1. 
  8. ^ "McAuliffe picks Brian Moran as public safety secretary". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 21, 2013. 

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