Summary

Current Position: US Senator since 2011
Affiliation: Republican
Former Positions: State Delegate from 1997 – 2011; State Senator from 1989 – 1997
Other Positions:  
Ranking Member – Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Related Agencies

Moran worked as a banker before receiving his Juris Doctor from the University of Kansas School of Law in 1982. He practiced law at Stinson, Mag & Fizzell in Kansas City, and later joined Jeter & Larson Law Firm in Hays, where he practiced for 15 years. In addition to his law practice, he served as the state special assistant attorney general (1982–1985) and deputy county attorney of Rooks County (1987–1995).

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Our farmers and ranchers should not be forced to shoulder the Democrats’ trillion dollar spending spree to expand social programs. I spoke on the Senate floor regarding a potential tax provision in the Democrats’ tax-and-spend spree that would harm multi-generational farms.

Sen. Moran Speaks in Opposition to H.R. 1 on the Senate Floor

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About

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Jerry Moran 2Kansans first elected Jerry Moran to the United States Senate in 2010. Since joining the U.S. Senate, Senator Moran has been a leading advocate for protecting and preserving the special way of life in Kansas.

Senator Moran has a long history of opposing reckless spending in Washington, and as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee has pushed for spending cuts, tougher funding standards and broad reform. Senator Moran serves as lead Republican on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, which allows him to lead the funding decisions that impact men and women working at agencies like the Department of Justice, the FBI, NASA, the United States Trade Representative and the Department of Commerce, to name a few. This broad committee jurisdiction allows Senator Moran to advocate for priorities important to Kansans in many different contexts.

As a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, Senator Moran advocates on behalf of Kansans regarding a number of issues vital to the state’s economy, ranging from communications and product safety to empowering Olympic and NCAA athletes. Senator Moran is also a strong advocate for the aviation industry and continuing service of Amtrak’s Southwest Chief.

Senator Moran understands that overregulation is among the greatest threat to the economy in rural America, and his role on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies positions him well to advocate for family farmers and ranchers and work to eliminate burdensome regulations that threaten the future of rural America. Through this Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Moran prioritizes resources for a variety of agricultural programs and is a champion for agricultural research.

Senator Moran also works to improve the quality of life for the nearly 200,000 veterans living in Kansas and across the nation as the lead Republican on the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee. His priority is to help veterans achieve success after service and to make certain they have the right care at the right time and with the provider they choose.

Since joining the U.S. Senate, Senator Moran has also been a leading advocate for issues related to entrepreneurship, job creation and innovation. He is committed to putting policies in place that foster a pro-growth environment where businesses can succeed without government-imposed barriers.

Senator Moran serves as a member of a number of caucuses that enhance his ability to represent Kansans’ interests in the United States Senate. His focus on protecting rural Kansans and their communities led him to co-found the Senate Community Pharmacy Caucus, the Senate Economic Mobility Caucus and the Senate Hunger Caucus. He also serves as co-chair of the Congressional Task Force on Down Syndrome, the Senate NIH Caucus, the Senate Aerospace Caucus and the Senate Defense Community Caucus.

As a new member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, Senator Moran will help shape health care policies related to the COVID-19 pandemic to make certain all Americans, including those in rural areas, have access to vaccines, testing and personal protection equipment (PPE) to help end this pandemic.

During the 2014 election cycle, Senator Moran served as chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC). Under Senator Moran’s leadership, Republicans gained a net increase of nine seats – the largest Senate swing by any party since 1980 and the largest Senate gain in a midterm election since 1958, resulting in a Republican Senate majority.

Prior to his election to the Senate in November 2010, Moran served Kansans in the “Big First” Congressional district for seven terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as eight years in the Kansas State Senate – spending the last two years as Majority Leader. As a senior member of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee, then-Congressman Moran worked with colleagues to craft legislation that allowed Kansas farms and ranches to remain viable in today’s competitive global marketplace and participated in the implementation of two Farm Bills. Moran was also an active member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, as well as the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee where he served as chairman of the Health Subcommittee.

Senator Moran has made it his top priority to stay connected to the people he represents. Despite the distance of more than 1,000 miles between Washington, D.C., and Kansas, he returns home each weekend to meet with people from across the state. The conversations he has with Kansans during his travels around the state greatly impact the work he does in Washington.

While at home in Kansas, he volunteers his time at several community organizations. He serves on the board of trustees of the Fort Hays State University Endowment Foundation, on the executive committee of the Coronado Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and is a former trustee of the Eisenhower Foundation. He is also an active Lions Club member, Rotary Club member, and Sons of The American Legion member. He attends the First Presbyterian Church of Manhattan.

Before his election to public office, Senator Moran attended Fort Hays State University and later the University of Kansas, where he completed a degree in economics. After an early career as a small-town banker, he received his J.D. from the University of Kansas. Jerry and his wife Robba continue to live in Kansas. They have two daughters, Kelsey and Alex, and two grandchildren.

Personal

Full Name: Gerald ‘Jerry’ W. Moran

Gender: Male

Family: Wife: Robba; 2 Children: Kelsey, Alex

Birth Date: 05/29/1954

Birth Place: Plainville, KS

Home City: Manhattan, KS

Religion: Christian

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Education

MBA Candidate, Fort Hays State University

JD, University of Kansas School of Law, 1982

BA, Economics, University of Kansas, 1976

Attended, Fort Hays State University, 1973-1974

Political Experience

Senator, United States Senate, 2011-present

Candidate, United States Senate, Kansas, 2022

Representative, United States House of Representatives, District 1, 1997-2011

Former Senator, Kansas State Senate, District Jr, 1988-1997

Former Majority Leader, Kansas State Senate, District Jr, 1995-1997

Former Vice President, Kansas State Senate, District Jr, 1993-1995

Political Experience

Adjunct Professor, Political Science, Fort Hays State University

Deputy Attorney, Rooks County, 1987-1995

Special Assistant Attorney General, Kansas, 1982-1985

Legislative Intern, Kansas House of Representatives, 1980

Intern, Congressman Keith G. Sebelius, 197

Offices

Washington, D.C.
Dirksen Senate Office Building
Room 521
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: (202) 224-6521
Fax: (202) 228-6966

Olathe
23600 College Blvd., Suite 201
Olathe, KS 66061
P.O. Box 1154
Olathe, KS 66051
Phone: (913) 393-0711
Fax: (913) 768-1366

Pittsburg
306 N. Broadway, Suite 125
(rear entrance of bank)
Pittsburg, KS 66762
P.O. Box 1372
Pittsburg, KS 66762
Phone: (620) 232-2286
Fax: (620) 232-2284

Manhattan
1880 Kimball Ave, Suite 270
Manhattan, KS 66502
Phone: (785) 539-8973
Fax: (785) 587-0789

Wichita
100 North Broadway
Suite 210
Wichita, KS 67202
Phone: (316) 269-9257
Fax: (316) 269-9259

Hays
1200 Main St., Suite 402
Hays, KS 67601
P.O. Box 249
Hays, KS 67601
Garden City
1511 East Fulton Terrace,
Suite 1511-2

Garden City, KS 67846
Phone: (620) 260-3025
Phone: (785) 628-6401

Contact

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Politics

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Election Results

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Finances

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Committees

Appropriations Committee:

The United States Senate Committee on Appropriations has jurisdiction over all discretionary spending legislation in the Senate. This committee provides members with an opportunity to provide oversight of federal spending.

Subcommittees:

  • Ranking Member – Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Related Agencies
  • Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
  • Subcommittee on Defense
  • Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government
  • Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
  • Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations

For more information on FY2022 Congressionally Directed Spending requests, please click here.

Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee:
The United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs has jurisdiction over international economic policy as it affects United States monetary affairs, credit and financial institutions. This committee also studies and reviews economic growth, urban affairs and credit on a comprehensive basis.

Subcommittees:

  • Subcommittee on Housing Transportation and Community Development
  • Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection
  • Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance and Investment

Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee:
The United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation has a vast range of issues under its jurisdiction. These issues range from communications, highways, aviation, rail, shipping, transportation security, merchant marine, the Coast Guard, oceans, fisheries, climate change, disasters, science, space, interstate commerce, tourism, consumer issues, economic development, technology, competitiveness, product safety and insurance.

Subcommittees:

  • Subcommittee on Communications, Media and Broadband
  • Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Data Security
  • Subcommittee on Aviation Safety, Operations and Innovation
  • Subcommittee on Space and Science

Health, Education Labor and Pensions Committee:
The United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, commonly referred to as HELP, has broad jurisdiction over our country’s health care, education, employment and retirement policies, including public health, biomedical research and development, agricultural colleges, child labor, individuals with disabilities, labor standards and disputes, occupational safety and health, railway labor and retirement, students loans and wages and hours of labor.

Subcommittees:

  • Subcommittee on Children and Families
  • Subcommittee on Primary Health and Retirement Security

Indian Affairs Committee:
The United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs has jurisdiction to study the unique problems of American Indian, Native Hawaiian, and Alaska Native peoples and to propose legislation to alleviate these difficulties. These issues include, but are not limited to, Indian education, economic development, land management, trust responsibilities, health care and claims against the United States.

Ranking Member – Veterans’ Affairs Committee:
The United States Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs has jurisdiction over compensation of veterans, life insurance issued by the Government due to military service, national cemeteries, pensions and readjustment of servicemembers to civil life.

Caucuses 

Sen. Moran has a leadership role on the following caucuses: 

Congressional Task Force on Down Syndrome (Senate Co-chair): promotes policies that enhance the quality of life for those with Down syndrome and their families.

Economic Mobility Caucus (Co-founder): provides opportunities to learn more about the drivers of economic opportunity and upward mobility, which form the foundation of the American dream.

Senate Aerospace Caucus (Co-chair): works to maintain America’s aerospace leadership in the civilian, defense and space industries.

Senate Community Pharmacy Caucus (Co-founder): advocates for community pharmacists and the important role they play in the delivery of health care.

Senate Competitiveness Caucus (Co-founder): fosters greater awareness and understanding of issues critical to U.S. economic growth.

Senate Defense Communities Caucus (Co-chair): advocates for the hundreds of communities that host active and closed military installations, their efforts to assist servicemembers and their families, and raise awareness of the unique issues and challenges facing defense communities.

Senate Hunger Caucus (Co-founder): raises awareness about issues surrounding hunger, including the importance of international food aid programs and agriculture research and development initiatives to end hunger and promote stability in the world.

Senate NIH Caucus (Co-chair): works to preserve our country’s global competitiveness by highlighting the need for investments in cutting-edge medical research being performed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Senate Space Force Caucus (Co-chair): supports America’s newest military branch as it develops its ability to maintain dominance in space.

Senate Water Caucus (Co-founder): promotes a dialogue on challenges and solutions that affect America’s water supply.

Sen. Moran is a member of the following caucuses: 

Congressional Caucus on Deadliest Cancers
Congressional Caucus on Parkinson’s Disease
Congressional Coalition on Adoption
Congressional Farmer Cooperative Caucus
Congressional Fire Services Caucus
Congressional Multiple Sclerosis Caucus
Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus
Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease
Congressional Veterans Job Caucus
Friends of Australia Caucus
General Aviation Caucus
Senate Afterschool Caucus
Senate Unmanned Aircraft System Caucus
Senate Air Force Caucus
Senate Army Caucus
Senate Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Antisemitism
Senate Diabetes Caucus
Senate Entrepreneurship Caucus
Senate Law Enforcement Caucus
Senate Military Family Caucus
Senate Rural Health Caucus
Senate Small Brewers Caucus
Senate Taiwan Caucus
Senate Western Caucus
Senate Water Caucus

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Issues

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AGRICULTURE

Regardless of our job or where we live, agriculture matters to us. Agriculture puts food on our tables, clothes on our backs, and the roofs above our heads.

Aviation

AVIATION

In Kansas, we take great pride in being at the crossroads of aviation. Nearly a century ago, innovators converged on Wichita, with dreams of building airplanes for a budding industry.

Economy

ECONOMY

The American economy is facing very difficult times and we need to get the country moving.  Americans are struggling, and unfortunately, Washington’s usual solution to recklessly throw taxpayer dollars at this problem is not the right answer.

Education

EDUCATION

I am committed to making sure that every Kansas student has an opportunity to a quality education. The competitiveness of our state and our nation is directly related to the quality of our students’ education from pre-K to college and beyond.

Energy

ENERGY

As the U.S. economy begins to recover, energy markets stand to play a significant role in the recovery. Kansans are mindful of the effects energy prices have on both the local and national economic landscape.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INNOVATION

The story of America is really a story of entrepreneurs – individuals who risked their livelihoods to pursue their dreams. These entrepreneurs built the foundation of the American economy from its earliest days by pushing forward innovative solutions to some of the world’s greatest challenges.

Family Values

FAMILY VALUES

During my time in Congress, I have worked to support Kansas communities and families, as well as protect the values that we hold dear.

Health Care

HEALTH CARE

Making certain Kansans have access to affordable, quality health care has been one of my priorities in Congress. To achieve this goal, policies must be implemented that reduce health care costs.

Hunger

HUNGER

Living in the breadbasket of our nation, it can be difficult to comprehend the prevalence of hunger in our own communities and around the world.

Immigration

IMMIGRATION

The federal government has failed when it comes to immigration. Our immigration system is broken and in desperate need of being fixed.

Law Enforcement

Law Enforcement

Kansas law enforcement officers work tirelessly to keep our communities safe. Law enforcement officers put on their uniform every day and answer the call to not only protect the people they know, but perhaps even more amazing, protect people they have never met. I am truly thankful for our law enforcement officers, especially in Kansas, that answer that call.

Life

LIFE

I am, and always have been, pro-life. Life is precious and deserves our respect and protection.

Mental Healthcare

MENTAL HEALTHCARE

Access to quality mental health services is an increasingly urgent issue for many individuals and families who struggle with mental illness and addiction. Improvements to these services will benefit those who are struggling with mental illness and communities across our state.

National Security and Military

NATIONAL SECURITY AND MILITARY

A strong national defense is
critical to the security of America’s citizens, and I strongly support our military personnel serving at home and abroad that protect our nation.

Second Amendment

SECOND AMENDMENT

More than two centuries ago, our founding fathers wisely amended the United States Constitution to guarantee a Bill of

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Wikipedia

Gerald Wesley Moran (/mʌˈræn/ murr-AN; born May 29, 1954) is an American politician and former lawyer who is the senior United States senator from Kansas, a seat he has held since 2011. A member of the Republican Party, he was chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee for the 113th U.S. Congress, during which he led successful Republican efforts in the 2014 election, producing the first Republican Senate majority since 2006.[1] Previously, he was a member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Kansas’s 1st congressional district.

Raised in Plainville, Kansas, Moran graduated from the University of Kansas and the University of Kansas School of Law. He worked in private law and was the state special assistant attorney general (1982–1985) and deputy attorney of Rooks County (1987–1995). He served in the Kansas Senate from 1989 to 1997 and was majority leader for his last two years. He was elected to the House of Representatives in 1996 and spent seven terms there with little electoral opposition. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010 after defeating fellow U.S. Representative Todd Tiahrt in a contentious primary. He was reelected to the Senate in 2016 and 2022.[2][3]

Moran became the senior senator and dean of the Kansas congressional delegation in 2021 when Pat Roberts retired from the Senate.

Early life, education, and career

Moran was born in Great Bend, Kansas, the son of Madeline Eleanor (née Fletcher) and Raymond Edwin “Ray” Moran.[4] He was raised in Plainville.[5] He attended Fort Hays State University before enrolling at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in economics in 1976.[6] While attending the University of Kansas, he worked as a summer intern for U.S. Representative Keith Sebelius in 1974, when impeachment proceedings were being prepared against President Richard Nixon.

Moran worked as a banker before receiving his Juris Doctor from the University of Kansas School of Law in 1982.[7] He practiced law at Stinson, Mag & Fizzell in Kansas City, and later joined Jeter & Larson Law Firm in Hays, where he practiced for 15 years.[7] In addition to his law practice, he served as the state special assistant attorney general (1982–1985) and deputy county attorney of Rooks County (1987–1995).[5] He also served as an adjunct professor of political science at Fort Hays State University.[6]

Kansas Senate

Moran served eight years (1989–1997) in the Kansas Senate. He served two years as the vice president and his last two years as majority leader.[8]

U.S. House of Representatives

Moran’s 109th Congress portrait

Elections

Moran was elected to Congress in 1996 and reelected six times, never facing serious opposition in the conservative 1st district. In 2006, his opponent was John Doll, against whom he received almost 79% of the vote—one of the highest totals for a Republican congressional incumbent in that election.[9]

Tenure

During his time in the House of Representatives, Moran conducted an annual town hall meeting in each of the 69 counties in Kansas’s “Big First” Congressional District. He continues the tradition in the U.S. Senate for all 105 counties.[10]

As a senior member of the House Agriculture Committee, Moran worked with colleagues to craft legislation to aid Kansas farms and ranches. He was also an active member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, where he served as chair of the Subcommittee on Health.[11]

Slate‘s David Weigel wrote that, despite his insistence that earmarks are a way to get members of Congress to vote for spending “we can’t afford”, Moran requested $19.4 million in earmarks in the 2010 budget.[12]

U.S. Senate

Elections

Moran became the Republican nominee for the 2010 U.S. Senate election in Kansas after defeating Representative Todd Tiahrt in the Republican primary, 50%–45%.[13] In the general election, Moran defeated Democrat Lisa Johnston, Libertarian Michael Dann, and Reform Party candidate Joe Bellis, with 70% of the vote.[14]

Tenure

Moran meets with Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett in October 2020

Moran was elected chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee for the 113th U.S. Congress on November 14, 2012.[15] He oversaw the Republican gain of nine Senate seats in the 2014 United States Senate elections, resulting in the first Republican Senate majority since 2006.[16]

On January 5, 2021, Moran announced that he would vote to certify the 2021 United States Electoral College vote count, which was to take place the following day.[17] He was participating in the certification when Trump supporters attacked the United States Capitol. During the attack, Moran tweeted that he condemned “the violence and destruction at the U.S. Capitol in the strongest possible terms. It is completely unacceptable and unpatriotic.”[18]

Moran with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel, November 12, 2023

For his tenure as the chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee in the 116th Congress, Moran earned an “F” grade from the nonpartisan Lugar Center’s Congressional Oversight Hearing Index.[19]

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Caucus memberships

Political positions

Moran’s voting record is somewhat conservative. He has a lifetime rating of 86 from the American Conservative Union[25] and a lifetime 71 rating from the Club for Growth.[26]

Agriculture

Jerry Moran (far right) assisting with a dinner at Fort Riley

In March 2019, Moran was one of 38 senators to sign a letter to United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue warning that dairy farmers “have continued to face market instability and are struggling to survive the fourth year of sustained low prices” and urging his department to “strongly encourage these farmers to consider the Dairy Margin Coverage program.”[27]

In May 2019, Moran was a cosponsor of the Transporting Livestock Across America Safely Act, a bipartisan bill introduced by Ben Sasse and Jon Tester intended to reform hours of service for livestock haulers by authorizing drivers to have the flexibility to rest at any point during their trip without it being counted against their hours of service and exempting loading and unloading times from the hours of service calculation of driving time.[28]

Health care

Moran opposed the Medicare reform package of 2003, unlike most congressmen from rural districts. He also opposed the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

In May 2011, Moran sponsored S. 1058, the Pharmacy Competition and Consumer Choice Act of 2011.[29] In the House, he served as co-chair of the House Rural Health Care Coalition and co-founder of the Congressional Community Pharmacy Coalition.[30]

Moran voted against the July 2017 Senate health care bill. He criticized the closed-door process for developing the bill and criticized the legislation for not repealing the entire ACA.[31][32]

National security and military

Congressman Jerry Moran and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Richard Myers at the 60th anniversary of the D-Day invasion in Normandy, France on June 6, 2004.

Since 2014, Moran has served on the United States Air Force Academy Board of Visitors.[33]

In the early 2000s, Moran opposed a timetable for military withdrawal from Iraq.

Since entering Congress, Moran has traveled to Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan to visit deployed American forces and meet with foreign leaders.[34] His most recent trip to the region was in August 2017 to the northern regions of Afghanistan.

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran with Kansans serving in Afghanistan in April 2011.
U.S. Senator Jerry Moran with Kansans serving in Afghanistan in April 2011.

In March 2018, Moran was one of five Republican senators to vote against tabling a resolution spearheaded by Bernie Sanders, Chris Murphy, and Mike Lee that would have required President Trump to withdraw American troops either in or influencing Yemen within the next 30 days unless they were combating Al-Qaeda.[35] In October 2018, Moran was one of seven senators to sign a letter to United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressing that they found it “difficult to reconcile known facts with at least two” of the Trump administration’s certifications that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were attempting to protect Yemen civilians and were in compliance with U.S. laws on arms sales, citing their lack of understanding for “a certification that the Saudi and Emirati governments are complying with applicable agreements and laws regulating defense articles when the [memo] explicitly states that, in certain instances, they have not done so.”[36] In June 2019, Moran was one of seven Republicans to vote to block Trump’s Saudi arms deal providing weapons to Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Jordan, and one of five Republicans to vote against an additional 20 arms sales.[37]

In January 2019, Moran was one of 11 Republican senators to vote to advance legislation intended to block Trump’s intent to lift sanctions against three Russian companies.[38]

In February 2019, amid a report by the Commerce Department that ZTE had been caught illegally shipping goods of American origin to Iran and North Korea, Moran was one of seven senators to sponsor a bill reimposing sanctions on ZTE in the event that ZTE did not honor both American laws and its agreement with the Trump administration.[39]

In July 2019, Moran was one of 16 Republican senators to send a letter to Acting Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Russell Vought, Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin encouraging them to work with them to prevent a continuing resolution “for FY 2020 that would delay the implementation of the President’s National Defense Strategy (NDS) and increase costs” and writing that the yearlong continuing resolution suggested by administration officials would render the Defense Department “incapable of increasing readiness, recapitalizing our force, or rationalizing funding to align with the National Defense Strategy (NDS).”[40]

Immigration and refugees

Moran critiqued Trump’s 2017 executive order imposing a temporary ban on entry to the U.S. to citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, saying, “While I support thorough vetting, I do not support restricting the rights of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents. Furthermore, far-reaching national security policy should always be devised in consultation with Congress and relevant government agencies.”[41]

In March 2019, Moran was one of 12 Republican senators to vote to block Trump’s national emergency declaration that would have granted him access to $3.6 billion in military construction funding to build border barriers.[42]

Economy

In May 2019, Moran was one of eight senators to cosponsor the Global Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing Act, a bill that would develop new institutes that supported American manufacturing in technology and grant more federal investment in the national network such as preexisting institutes being made to compete globally as well as continue American economic and national security.[43]

Education

Moran supports accountability metrics for public schools, but believes federal initiatives need to provide flexibility to states. In 2001, Moran voted against the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) because he felt it did not afford sufficient flexibility to schools.[44] In 2017, Moran voted to confirm Betsy DeVos as United States Secretary of Education.[45][46]

Gun policy

Moran has an “A” rating from the NRA Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) for his consistent support of pro-gun policies.[47] The NRA endorsed him in his 2010 Senate run. NRA-Political Victory Fund chair Chris W. Cox called Moran a “steadfast supporter of our freedom”.[48] Since 1998, the NRA has donated $23,850 to Moran’s political efforts.[49]

In 2013, Moran joined other Republicans in saying they would filibuster any Democrat’s proposals that Republicans considered a threat to the Second Amendment.[50] In April, he voted against the Manchin-Toomey proposal for universal background checks for gun purchases.[51][52]

Moran supports the concept of eliminating gun-free zones on military installations and recruitment centers. He said that they are an “infringement on the constitutional rights of our service members” and that gun-free zones make military sites “increasingly vulnerable to those who wish to do harm.”[53]

In 2016, Moran voted against the Feinstein Amendment, which would have banned suspected terrorists from acquiring guns.[54]

Moran responded to the 2017 Olathe, Kansas shooting: “I strongly condemn violence of any kind, especially if it is motivated by prejudice and xenophobia.”[55]

In January 2019, Moran was one of 31 Republican senators to cosponsor the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, a bill introduced by John Cornyn and Ted Cruz that would grant individuals with concealed carry privileges in their home state the right to exercise this right in any other state with concealed carry laws while concurrently abiding by that state’s laws.[56]

Environment and climate change

As of 2017, based on his environment-related votes, Moran had a lifetime score of 8% from the League of Conservation Voters, and a 0% score for 2016.[57]

In 2015 Moran voted against a Senate amendment acknowledging that human activity contributes to climate change.[58] In 2016, Moran and several other Senate Republicans signed a letter calling upon the U.S. to withdraw funding from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.[59] In 2009, Moran voted against the American Clean Energy and Security Act (Waxman-Markey), which would have established a cap-and-trade system to reduce carbon emissions and combat climate change.[60]

Moran is a strong supporter of the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.[61][62] During the consideration of the Keystone XL pipeline legislation, he introduced an amendment to remove the lesser prairie chicken from the list of threatened species. The amendment failed on a 54–44 vote, having failed to get the required 60 votes.[63][64]

Entrepreneurship and startups

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran talking with entrepreneurs about their startup competing at the 2013 South by Southwest Accelerator competition.
U.S. Senator Jerry Moran talking with entrepreneurs about their startup competing at the 2013 South by Southwest Accelerator competition.

Moran is “one of the most active members of Congress when it comes to reaching out to Silicon Valley.”[65] In 2014, Consumer Electronics Association President and CEO Gary J. Shapiro dubbed Moran “Mr. Innovation” and described him as “one of the biggest tech entrepreneurship leaders in the U.S. Senate.”[66] Moran is the lead sponsor of Startup Act 3.0 legislation, which includes several provisions that would reform the American visa system for high-skilled, American-educated, and entrepreneurial immigrants. Moran also sponsored the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, also known as the JOBS Act, legislation to expand crowdfunding options for startups. Since its 2012 passage, he has criticized the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission‘s JOBS Act rule-making as drawn out and potentially counterproductive to the legislation’s intent.[67] Moran is an advocate of increased engagement between Washington and the Startup community and has spoken on the issue at events like South by Southwest (SXSW) and the Consumer Electronics Show (CES).[68][69][70]

Internet issues

Moran opposed the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) and Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).[71] In November 2011, Moran, Senators Rand Paul, Ron Wyden and Maria Cantwell sent a letter to Senate leadership indicating they would place a Senate hold on PIPA, citing the threats PIPA (and SOPA) posed to liberty and innovation.[72][73]

In 2017, Moran voted to repeal FCC Internet privacy rules that blocked internet providers from sharing or selling data on customers’ private data (such as browsing history) without the customer’s permission.[74][75]

Abortion

Moran opposes abortion.[76][77] He has cosponsored legislation to ban abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy.[78] He voted in favor of making harming a fetus a crime.[79] Moran supported the 2022 overturning of Roe v. Wade, agreeing that the Constitution does not ensure right to an abortion.[80]

LGBT rights

The Human Rights Campaign has rated his voting record on LGBT rights as zero in five separate scorecards.[81][82][83][84][85]

Opioids

In September 2018, Moran voted for a package of 70 Senate bills that cost $8.4 billion and altered programs across multiple agencies, as part of a bipartisan effort to prevent opioids from being shipped through the U.S. Postal Service and to grant doctors the ability to prescribe medications designed to wean opioid addictions.[86]

SafeSport

In February 2022, on a Nightline program about criticisms of the United States Center for SafeSport titled “Sports misconduct watchdog faces crisis of confidence”, Moran said that every athlete-victim he visited with “had little or no confidence in SafeSport.”[87] He and Senator Richard Blumenthal said that they believe that more transparency is required from SafeSport, which does not make public its investigative findings or arbitration decisions, to protect young athletes, and that SafeSport must make its work public.[87]

January 6 commission

On May 28, 2021, Moran voted against creating an independent commission to investigate the January 6 United States Capitol attack.[88]

Personal life

Moran lived in Hays for most of his political career. In 2012, he moved to Manhattan to be closer to a major airport in order to cut down on his drive time back to Kansas each weekend.[89] The nearest airport to Hays is Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport, three hours southeast; Manhattan is two hours from Wichita and Kansas City. Additionally, Manhattan Regional Airport has direct jet service daily to and from Chicago and Dallas.

At Kansas State University, he was initiated into Alpha Tau Omega on September 28, 2013.

Moran volunteers his time with several community organizations. He is a former trustee of the Eisenhower Foundation, serves on the board of trustees of the Fort Hays State University Endowment Association, and serves on the Executive Committee of the Coronado Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He was also the 2008 Honorary Chair of the Law Enforcement Torch Run of the Kansas Special Olympics. Moran and his wife, Robba, have two daughters, Kelsey and Alex. Kelsey graduated from Kansas State University in 2010 and from Georgetown University Law Center in 2015. She is an attorney at Hogan Lovells.[90] Alex studied at Kansas State University and graduated from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016.[91]

Ratings from political organizations

In the first half of the 116th Congress, Moran received a score of 71 from the American Conservative Union, with an overall lifetime rating of nearly 86.[92] Americans for Democratic Action gave Moran a score of 15% for the same period.[93]

Electoral history

Kansas’s 1st congressional district election (2002)
PartyCandidateVotes%
RepublicanJerry Moran (incumbent) 186,850 91.10
LibertarianJack Warner18,2508.90
Total votes205,100 100.00
Turnout 
Republican hold
Kansas’s 1st congressional district election (2004)
PartyCandidateVotes%
RepublicanJerry Moran (incumbent) 239,776 90.72
LibertarianJack Warner24,5179.28
Total votes264,293 100.00
Turnout 
Republican hold
Kansas’s 1st congressional district election (2006)
PartyCandidateVotes%
RepublicanJerry Moran (incumbent) 153,298 78.65
DemocraticJohn Doll38,82019.92
ReformSylvester Cain2,7921.43
Total votes194,910 100.00
Turnout 
Republican hold
Kansas’s 1st congressional district election (2008)
PartyCandidateVotes%
RepublicanJerry Moran (incumbent) 214,549 81.88
DemocraticJames Bordonaro34,77113.27
ReformKathleen Burton7,1452.73
LibertarianJack Warner5,5622.12
Total votes262,027 100.00
Turnout 
Republican hold
2010 U.S. Senate Republican primary results
PartyCandidateVotes%
RepublicanJerry Moran 161,407 49.81%
RepublicanTodd Tiahrt144,37244.55%
RepublicanTom Little10,1043.12%
RepublicanBob Londerholm8,1682.52%
Total votes324,051 100.00%
United States Senate election in Kansas, 2010
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
RepublicanJerry Moran 578,768 70.34% +1.18%
DemocraticLisa Johnston215,27026.16%-1.33%
LibertarianMichael Dann17,4372.12%+0.18%
ReformJoe Bellis11,3561.38%-0.04%
Majority363,49844.18%
Total votes822,831 100.00%
Republican holdSwing
2016 U.S. Senate Republican primary results[94]
PartyCandidateVotes%
RepublicanJerry Moran (incumbent) 230,907 79.09%
RepublicanD.J. Smith61,05620.91%
Total votes291,963 100.00%
United States Senate election in Kansas, 2016[95]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
RepublicanJerry Moran (incumbent) 732,376 62.18% -8.16%
DemocraticPatrick Wiesner379,74032.24%+6.08%
LibertarianRobert D. Garrard65,7605.58%+3.46%
IndependentDJ Smith (write-in)460.00%N/A
Total votes1,177,922 100.00% N/A
Republican hold
2022 U.S. Senate Republican primary results[96]
PartyCandidateVotes%
RepublicanJerry Moran (incumbent) 383,332 80.5
RepublicanJoan Farr93,01619.5
Total votes476,348 100.0
United States Senate election in Kansas, 2022[97]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
RepublicanJerry Moran (incumbent) 602,976 60.00% -2.18%
DemocraticMark Holland372,21437.04%+4.80%
LibertarianDavid Graham29,7662.96%-2.62%
Total votes1,004,956 100.00% N/A
Republican hold

See also

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