BioJim Moran represents Northern Virginia's 8th District – including Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church City, and portions of Fairfax County -- in the United States House of Representatives. As a member on the powerful House Appropriations Committee, he now serves as Ranking Member of the Interior Subcommittee, and as a senior member on the Defense Subcommittee, overseeing the budgets for the EPA, Park Service, Interior Department, Smithsonian and Department of Defense. He also chairs the Animal Protection Caucus, co-chairs the Congressional Prevention Caucus, leads the Task Force on Sovereign Wealth Funds and was an original co-founder of the New Democratic Coalition.
With more than thirty years experience as a public servant and community activist, Jim Moran has never stopped working for Northern Virginia. His political career began in 1979 when he was elected to the Alexandria City Council. Jim became the Vice-Mayor three years later and served in that capacity until 1985, when he was elected Mayor. His first run for Congress was successful, joining the House of Representatives in 1990.
Jim Moran is a graduate of Holy Cross, where he majored in economics. He went on to earn his masters degree in Public Administration from the University of Pittsburgh in 1970. Before running for public office he worked at the Department of Health, Education and the Workforce (HEW) and also served as a committee staffer for the Senate Appropriations Committee. A south Arlington resident, Jim has four children and four grandchildren.
Congressman Moran's Leadership representing Virginia's 8th District in the US Congress
• Senior Member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee
◦Ranking Member of the Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee - Oversees the EPA, Department of the Interior, Forest Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, plus the Smithsonian, Kennedy Center, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Holocaust Museum, among other agencies and institutions.
◦Senior Member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee - As a senior member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, oversees all aspects of the Defense budget.
◦Member of the Military Construction & Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee - Oversees military construction on base facilities and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
•Steering and Policy Committee Member - Responsible for deciding which committees Democratic Caucus Members Chair and serve on in the House of Representatives and assists in formulating House Democrats policy initiatives.
•Co-Chair, Animal Protection Caucus - Bipartisan organization committed to raising awareness of animal welfare issues in Congress.
◦In the last several years, the caucus was instrumental in the passing tougher animal fighting legislation, and tightening animal welfare regulations in the 2008 Farm Bill. Priorities for the 112th Congress include legislation banning the slaughter of horses, stronger regulations on Internet sales of puppies, and legislation requiring accurate labels on all fur products to prevent the illegal sale of cat and dog fur from China.
•Co-Chair, Congressional Prevention Caucus - Bipartisan, bi-cameral caucus formed in 1998 to raise the level of knowledge in the Congress about disease prevention and health promotion and identify strategies that can lead to a healthier nation.
•Co-Chair, Congressional Lupus Caucus - Bipartisan caucus formed to raise awareness of this lesser known but highly disruptive illness. Works with the Lupus Foundation to better understand, diagnose and treat this chronic disease.