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Rep. James “Jim” Moran Jr.

Former Representative for Virginia’s 8th District

Moran was the representative for Virginia’s 8th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1991 to 2014.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

In 2009 Moran was investigated for soliciting campaign contributions in exchange for legislative outcomes. The House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct dismissed the charges. In 2014, Representative Moran announced he would not seek reelection.

Dec. 2, 2009 House Office of Congressional Ethics recommended that the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct dismiss the allegations
Feb. 26, 2010 House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct dismissed the charges on the OCE's recommendation
2014 Moran announced he would not seek reelection.
Photo of Rep. James “Jim” Moran [D-VA8, 1991-2014]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2014 Report Card for Moran.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Moran is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2014 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Moran sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2009 to Dec 11, 2014. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Moran was the primary sponsor of 11 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 11 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Moran sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (27%) International Affairs (20%) Health (15%) Animals (12%) Education (10%) Taxation (7%) Armed Forces and National Security (5%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (5%)

Recent Bills

Some of Moran’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Moran voted Yea

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December …

Moran voted Aye

Moran voted Nay

Moran voted No

Moran voted Aye

Moran voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack …

Missed Votes

From Jan 1991 to Dec 2014, Moran missed 824 of 15,567 roll call votes, which is 5.3%. This is much worse than the median of 2.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2014. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: