Jerry Moran

Jerry Moran
United States Senator
from Kansas
Assumed office
January 3, 2011
Serving with Pat Roberts
Preceded by Sam Brownback
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kansas's 1st district
In office
January 3, 1997  January 3, 2011
Preceded by Pat Roberts
Succeeded by Tim Huelskamp
Personal details
Born (1954-05-29) May 29, 1954
Great Bend, Kansas, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Robba Moran
Alma mater University of Kansas, Lawrence (BA, JD)
Website Senate website

Gerald W. "Jerry" Moran[1] (born May 29, 1954) is the junior United States Senator from Kansas and a member of the Republican Party. He served as Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee for the 113th U.S. Congress, during which he led successful Republican efforts in United States Senate elections, 2014, producing the first Republican Senate majority since 2006.[2] Previously, he served as 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 served as the state special assistant attorney general (1982–85) and deputy attorney of Rooks County (1987–95). He served in the Kansas Senate (1989–1997), and was majority leader for his last two years. He was elected to the House of Representatives in 1996 and served six terms 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.

Early life, education and career

Moran was born in Great Bend, Kansas, the son of Madeline Eleanor (née Fletcher) and Raymond Edwin "Ray" Moran.[1] He was raised in Plainville.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5] He practiced law at Stinson, Mag & Fizzell in Kansas City, and later joined Jeter & Larson Law Firm in Hays, where he practiced law for fifteen years.[5] In addition to his law practice, he served as the state special assistant attorney general (1982–85) and deputy county attorney of Rooks County (1987–95).[3] He also served as an adjunct professor of political science at Fort Hays State University.[4]

Moran was initiated as a member of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity on September 28, 2013, during the New Chapter House Dedication Weekend for Delta Theta Chapter at Kansas State University.[6]

Kansas Senate

Moran served for eight years (1989–1997) in the Kansas Senate. He served two years as the Vice President and his last two years as majority leader.[7]

U.S. House of Representatives


Moran was elected to Congress in 1996 and reelected five times, never facing serious opposition in the conservative 1st district. In 2006, his opponent for the 2006 midterm election was John Doll, against whom he received almost 79 percent of the vote—one of the highest totals for a Republican congressional incumbent in that election.[8]


During his time in the House of Representatives, Jerry Moran conducted an annual town hall meeting in each of the 69 counties in Kansas' "Big First" Congressional District. He continues the tradition in the U.S. Senate for all 105 counties.[9]

As a senior member of the House Agriculture Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, then-Congressman Moran worked with colleagues to craft legislation to aid Kansas farms and ranches. Moran was also an active member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, where he served as chairman of the Subcommittee on Health.[10]

Slate's David Weigel pointed out that, despite his insistence that earmarks are a way that get members of Congress to vote for spending "that we can't afford," Moran requested $19.4 million in earmarks in the 2010 budget.[11]

U.S. Senate


Moran became the 2010 Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Kansas after defeating fellow Congressman Todd Tiahrt in the Republican primary, 50–45%.[12] In the general election, Moran took 70 percent of the vote, defeating Democrat Lisa Johnston, Libertarian Michael Dann, and Reform Party candidate Joe Bellis.[13]

NRSC Chairmanship

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

Committee assignments

Political positions

Moran's voting record is largely conservative. He has a lifetime rating of 92 from the American Conservative Union. However, he has a considerable independent streak. The Southwest Daily Times once quoted him as saying, "I will always put Kansans ahead of the pressures in Washington" – a quote he posted on his House Web site.[16]


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

Moran and Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, recently introduced legislation, S. 989, the Flint Hills Preservation Act, to protect the ability of landowners in the Flint Hills to use prescribed fire as a tool to preserve the tallgrass prairie ecosystem. Moran also joined U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.) in introducing the 3-D Act: The Domestic Jobs, Domestic Energy, and Deficit Reduction Act of 2011.

Health care

Moran opposed the Medicare reform package of 2003, unlike most congressmen from rural districts. He also opposed President Obama's health care reform bill in 2010. In May 2011, Moran sponsored S. 1058, the Pharmacy Competition and Consumer Choice Act of 2011, legislation intended to increase choice and cost savings for patients in Kansas and across the country. He believes reducing the costs of medical services, equipment, insurance, and prescription drugs are necessary to ensure adequate health care.[17] In the House, he served as Co-Chairman of the House Rural Health Care Coalition and co-founder of the Congressional Community Pharmacy Coalition.[18]

National security and military

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.

Senator Moran believes that a strong national defense is the federal government’s primary Constitutional responsibility. Kansas is home to Fort Leavenworth, Fort Riley, McConnell Air Force Base and the 35th Infantry Division. Since 2014, Moran has served on the United States Air Force Academy Board of Visitors.[19]

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.[20] His most recent trip to the region was in the spring of 2011 to Kabul, Afghanistan.[21]

Moran worked to bring the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) to Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. Once constructed, NBAF will conduct animal disease research intended to secure America's food supply and protect citizens and animals from the threat of foreign animal disease.


Moran supports accountability metrics for public schools, but believes federal initiatives need to provide flexibility to states. In 2001, Moran voted against passage of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) because he felt it did not afford sufficient flexibility to schools.[22]

Gun rights

Moran defends the right to bear arms. He rejects the idea of expanding background restrictions on most gun purchases. In April 2013 he also voted against banning high-capacity magazines, banning most semi-automatic rifles, and outlawing loopholes in which one person purchases a gun for another person. The National Rifle Association, a lobbying organization for gun manufacturers and owners, rated his voting record “A” in its scorecard.


As of 2009, Moran had a lifetime score of 9% from the League of Conservation Voters.[23] He also opposes "cap and trade" legislation intended to reduce climate change because of its potential to eliminate thousands of jobs.[24]

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 Congress' most active supporters of entrepreneurs and startup companies.[25] In 2014, Consumer Electronics Association President and CEO Gary Shapiro dubbed Moran, "Mr. Innovation" and described him as "one of the biggest tech entrepreneurship leaders in the U.S. Senate."[26] 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 the bill's 2012 passage, he has criticized the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's JOBS Act rulemaking as drawn out and potentially counter productive to the legislation's intent.[27] 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).[28][29][30]

Internet freedom

Moran was one of the first U.S. Senators to oppose the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) and Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).[31] On November 17, 2011, Moran, along with Senators Ron Wyden, Maria Cantwell and Rand Paul, 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.[32][33] Moran participated in the January 2012 online protests against SOPA and PIPA, blacking out his Facebook photo. In a speech on the Senate floor shortly after the delay of SOPA and PIPA, Moran said, "Last week's decision to delay consideration of PIPA was an important moment for many innovators and entrepreneurs across America...It is important also not just to entrepreneurs, though, but to people who are concerned about freedom and about the opportunity to use the Internet to communicate, the opportunity for free speech."[34]


Moran is pro-life. The Family Research Council rated his voting record 100% in its scorecard.

Gay rights

Moran opposes same-sex marriage. The Human Rights Campaign rated his voting record as zero in its last five scorecards.[35][36][37][38][39]

Personal life

Moran had lived in Hays for most of his political career. However, in 2012 he moved to Manhattan, Kansas. He wanted to be closer to a major airport in order to cut down on his drive time back to Kansas each weekend.[40] The nearest airport to Hays is Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport, some three hours south-east; in contrast Manhattan Regional Airport has direct jet service daily to and from Chicago and Dallas.

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 now an attorney at Hogan Lovells.[41] Alex graduated in 2012 from Kansas State University and graduated from the KSU College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015.

Electoral history

Kansas 1st Congressional District Republican Primary election, 1996
Party Candidate Votes % +%
Republican Jerry Moran 79,119 83.73%
Republican R. W. Yeager 15,376 16.27%
Kansas 1st Congressional District election, 1996
Party Candidate Votes % +%
Republican Jerry Moran 191,899 73.61%
Democratic John Divine 63,948 24.52%
Libertarian Bill Earnest 5,298 2.03%
Kansas 1st Congressional District election, 1998
Party Candidate Votes % +%
Republican Jerry Moran (inc.) 152,775 80.67%
Democratic Jim Phillips 36,618 19.33%
Kansas 1st Congressional District election, 2000
Party Candidate Votes % +%
Republican Jerry Moran (inc.) 214,328 89.34%
Libertarian Jack Warner 25,581 10.66%
Kansas 1st Congressional District election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes % +%
Republican Jerry Moran (inc.) 189,976 91.09%
Libertarian Jack Warner 18,585 8.91%
Kansas 1st Congressional District election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % +%
Republican Jerry Moran (inc.) 239,776 90.70%
Libertarian Jack Warner 24,517 9.20%
Kansas 1st Congressional District election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % +%
Republican Jerry Moran (inc.) 156,728 78.60%
Democratic John Doll 39,781 19.90%
Reform Sylvester Cain 2,869 1.40%
Kansas 1st Congressional District election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % +%
Republican Jerry Moran (inc.) 214,549 81.80%
Democratic James Bordonaro 34,771 13.20%
Reform Kathleen Burton 7,145 2.70%
Libertarian Jack Warner 5,562 2.10%
U.S. Senate Republican Primary election in Kansas, 2010
Party Candidate Votes % +%
Republican Jerry Moran 163,483 49.70%
Republican Todd Tiahrt 146,702 44.60%
Republican Tom Little 10,256 3.10%
Republican Robert "Bob" Londerholm 8,278 2.50%
U.S. Senate election in Kansas, 2010
Party Candidates Votes % +%
Republican Jerry Moran 587,175 70.00%
Democratic Lisa Johnston 220,971 26.30%
Libertarian Michael Wm. Dann 17,922 2.10%
Reform Joseph "Joe" Bellis 11,624 1.30%


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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Pat Roberts
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kansas's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
Tim Huelskamp
Party political offices
Preceded by
Sam Brownback
Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from Kansas
(Class 3)

2010, 2016
Most recent
Preceded by
John Cornyn
Chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee
Succeeded by
Roger Wicker
United States Senate
Preceded by
Sam Brownback
U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Kansas
Served alongside: Pat Roberts
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Roy Blunt
United States Senators by seniority
Succeeded by
Rob Portman
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