BREAKING: Rep. Jim Moran to Retire from Congress

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    It seems like rumors pop up every two years that Rep. Jim Moran might retire from his safe seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, and usually I’ve responded that this guy’s never going anywhere, that he loves the House and why would he leave? Well, guess what: I was wrong: “Senior appropriator and progressive stalwart James P. Moran will step down at the end of this year, making him the third House Democrat in just three days to announce his retirement.”

    Washington D.C. – Representative Jim Moran, Northern Virginia Democrat, Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Interior Subcommittee and senior member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, announced today that he will not seek re-election.

    “After 35 years as a public servant, as Mayor of Alexandria, and for the past 23 as a member of the House of Representatives, it’s time to close this chapter of my life and move on to the next challenge. It’s been an honor to represent Northern Virginia. I couldn’t be more fortunate to have spent my career working with such wonderful people trying to make this one of the best places in the world to live, work and raise a family.

    “My chosen role in the U.S. Congress has been as an appropriator. I first served as staff to the Senate Appropriations Committee under Chairman Warren Magnuson in my 20s. I’ve seen the appropriations process at its height, and more recently its nadir. When the appropriations process is working, the government functions on behalf of the people, the economy is stronger, and the country overall becomes more inclusive, egalitarian and productive.

    “With the Murray-Ryan agreement, and the work Chairman Rogers and Ranking Member Lowey, and their outstanding Appropriations’ staff exerted to reach the omnibus budget deal we will vote on this week, we’ve achieved a bipartisan agreement that deserves support. It represents a budgetary cease-fire and I hope a historic turning point in getting this necessary funding process back on track.

    “To my family, friends, staff and supporters, thank you for all you have meant me over the past four decades in political office. What has kept me motivated all these years is serving you and our community. I prepare to leave Congress feeling very fortunate, grateful for what we’ve accomplished, and optimistic for the future of Northern Virginia, the Washington Metropolitan Region, and our nation.”

    All I can say is, get ready for a potentially long list of candidates throwing their hats in the ring in Virginia’s 8th CD. Should be fascinating…

    P.S. H/t to Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict), who tweeted last night: “Rumor mill quite loud about future of #VA08 tonight. We shall see.”

    UPDATE 1:48 pm: @benpershing tweets, “Update on #VA08 cands: Donley, Ebbin, Euille, Herring, Lopez, McKay confirm they are considering. Favola says she isn’t.” Patrick Hope is also highly likely to be running.

    • FreeDem

      Is there anyone in the General Assembly right now, that clown show of Richmond, that actually deserves a promotion to Congress?

    • With the 2014 Legislative session just beginning, I am working hard every day for the people of the 30th Senate District. I am honored that people think I’d make a good Congressman, and I will give it the serious consideration it deserves. I hope to have more to say about this in the future.

      For twenty-three years, Jim Moran has represented the progressive values of the people of Northern Virginia. He has been an advocate for our environment, a stalwart advocate for equality, and a strong champion of universal health care and the Affordable Care Act. Northern Virginia is a better place to live and work because of Jim Moran’s leadership. I am proud to have been represented by him in Congress, and to have represented him in Richmond. After his decades of service to our community, I wish him a long and happy retirement.

    • NotJohnSMosby

      I’ll predict that no less than 4 Dems end up actually running, with another dozen thinking about it.

      A short list would be Charnelle Herring, Adam Ebin, Patrick Hope, Jeff McKay, maybe Rob Krupica, maybe Scott Surovell (I think he lives in the 8th).  Probably a variety pack from the Alexandria and Arlington Boards.  

    • Governor Terry McAuliffe released the following statement responding to Congressman Jim Moran’s announcement that he will retire from the U.S. House of Representatives at the end of his term:

      “For the past 35 years, Jim Moran has been a fierce advocate for the people of Northern Virginia, a responsible steward of the federal appropriations process and a voice for so many who are often left on the margins of our society. No one has fought harder for the men and women who serve and sacrifice in the United States Armed Forces, and for the federal employees who are so important to the economy of his district and our entire Commonwealth. And his leadership on the House Appropriations Committee has resulted in billions of dollars in federal investments in transportation and economic development projects, like the new Wilson Bridge, that have created jobs, eased congestion and improved the lives of the people he serves.

      “On a personal level, Dorothy and I have come to value Congressman Moran’s friendship and sound advice. His presence in Congress and as a leader in Virginia will be sorely missed, but the enormous impact he has had on our Commonwealth and country will endure for years to come.”

       

    • pashin
    • The retirement of Congressman Jim Moran is a huge loss to Virginia.  Congressman Moran has been a passionate advocate for improving the quality of life of Northern Virginians since his election in 1990 over Republican Congressman Stan Parris in what was then a swing congressional seat.

      Many credited his 1990 election as turning on the emerging issue of women’s reproductive rights.  Since that time, Congressman Moran has been a steadfast supporter of women’s rights to make their own healthcare decisions and determine their own economic futures.  

      Our federal workforce has no fiercer advocate.  Congressman Moran has been a solid bullwark against attempts to use federal workforce salaries as a piggy bank for other budget priorities and attempts to demonize federal workers who work every day to do the work of the United States of America.  

      The Mt. Vernon Bike Trail, George Washington Memorial Parkway and Dyke Marsh are better places and will continue to be our community’s crown jewels due to Congressman Moran’s stewardship including a $25 million grant that Congressman Moran just secured to restore wetlands.  

      Fort Belvoir and the U.S. 1 Corridor have lost a champion.  The $180 million grant Congressman Moran secured to improve U.S. 1 will start construction in a few months.  After the I-95 HOT Lanes, it will be the largest road construction project in Northern Virginia, will benefit millions of people for decades, facilitate access to Fort Belvoir, improve South County and Mount Vernon’s quality of life, and create thousands of jobs for decades to come.  

      Finally, Congressman Moran has also been a strong advocate for progressive values.  He truly understands the consequences of growing income disparities, the lack of investment in our social safety net, and the policy distortions further facilitated by Citizens United case.  Over the last twenty years, Congressman Moran has remained unbowed in his call for social justice.  

      In his first term in 1991, Congressman Moran gave me one of my first jobs as a intern, and I have counted on him as a mentor and supporter of my own efforts since I first ran for office in 2009.  Above all I count on him as a friend.  

      With Congressman Moran’s retirement, Northern Virginia has lost one of its champions.  We will all miss him.

       

    • STATEMENT OF U.S. SEN. MARK R. WARNER

      ~ On Retirement of U.S. Representative Jim Moran ~

      WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) released this statement following today’s announcement that Rep. Jim Moran (D-8th) will retire after 23 years in Congress:

      “Jim Moran is a good friend and a formidable legislator who has fought hard for his district and the entire Northern Virginia region. As Alexandria’s mayor, and during 12 terms in the House of Representatives, Jim has been a strong voice and a reliable partner in our efforts to support federal workers and to protect Virginia’s critical connection with our nation’s military. I look forward to working with him over the next several months, and I wish him the very best in the future.”

    • “I’ve worked closely with Jim Moran  for 30 years, dating back to his days as a local leader in Alexandria. He has always been a champion for Northern Virginia, a leader on environmental issues, and a fierce defender of the downtrodden. Today we’re losing an influential and senior Member of Congress, a passionate advocate for our region and for the progressive agenda, and someone who has delivered for us time and time again.

      “But for me, Jim Moran is first and foremost, a dear friend. When I came to Congress as the junior member of the Northern Virginia delegation, Jim was there for me every step of the way. We’ve become true partners and have collaborated on hundreds of issues facing our region. With our Republican colleague Frank Wolf, we’ve beat back efforts to slash Metro funding, secured federal support for Rail to Dulles, and defended federal employees from withering attacks.

      “Jim Moran’s record speaks for itself. He was instrumental in securing funding for the Woodrow Wilson Bridge project, got hundreds of millions of dollars to mitigate the effects of BRAC, and has delivered countless times for the hundreds of thousands of federal employees and retirees in Northern Virginia. His is a legacy of service and accomplishment that any of us in public life could be proud of.”

    • For more than two decades, Jim Moran has been a leading voice on the budget and protecting our environment, as well as a staunch advocate for our nation’s veterans and federal employees. He has become a close friend and colleague, especially on budget issues. The Commonwealth and the House of Representatives are losing a dedicated public servant and a skilled and thoughtful legislator. I look forward to working with Jim for the remainder of his term and I wish him well on the next chapter in his career.

    • BTW, I’m hearing rumors that Charniele Herring will be a candidate for this seat…

      DPVA Chair Charniele Herring Statement on Retirement of Congressman Jim Moran

      RICHMOND — DPVA Chair Delegate Charniele Herring released the following statement on the retirement of long time Congressman Jim Moran.

      “On behalf of the Democratic Party of Virginia, I thank Congressman Moran for his service to the Commonwealth of Virginia and the country. During his 35 years in office, he has been a fierce advocate and fighter for issues important to all Virginians.

      “Whether he was standing up for military men and women and their families or working to secure funding for the nation’s most important infrastructure investments, Jim Moran has been one of the United States Congress’ most hard working members. The Commonwealth and country are both better for his service.”

    • 1. Del. Patrick Hope (strongly rumored to be running)

      2. Sen. Adam Ebbin (also rumored to be running)

      3. Del. Charniele Herring (ditto)

      4. Bruce Shuttleworth (ditto)

      5. Del. Scott Surovell

      6. Fairfax County Supervisor Jeff McKay

      7. Arlington County Board member Walter Tejada

      8. Arlington County Board member Jay Fisette

      9. Sen. Barbara Favola

      10. Former Alexandria Mayor Kerry Donley

      11. Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille

      12. Del. Alfonso Lopez

      13. Del. Rob Krupicka

      That’s just a short list. By the way, I confirmed that Arlington Clerk of the Court Paul Ferguson is not running.

    • Delegate Hope’s Statement to the Announcement of

      Congressman Jim Moran’s Retirement from Congress

      Richmond – Today, we honor the service of one of Northern Virginia’s most dedicated public servants. I know I join many in thanking Congressman Jim Moran for over thirty five years of hard work, dedication, and service and especially his past twenty three years as our Member in the House of Representatives.  He will surely be missed but his legacy will be long-lasting, not only to his constituents but to our entire great Commonwealth as he spent “his career working to make this one of the best places in the world to live, work, and raise a family.”

      My wife, Kristen, and I wish him the very best in his future endeavors and hope he will enjoy time with his family and many friends across Northern Virginia.

      Patrick A. Hope is a Member of the Virginia General Assembly as the Delegate from the 47th District representing part of Arlington County.  He serves on the House Health, Welfare, and Institutions, Courts of Justice, and Militia, Police and Public Safety Committees.

    • Delegate Lopez’s Statement on the Retirement of Congressman Jim Moran

      Richmond, VA – Delegate Alfonso Lopez (D- Arlington) released the following statement today on the retirement of Congressman Jim Moran from Virginia’s 8th Congressional District.

      “Jim Moran has had an extraordinary career in public service. For over two decades, he has been a champion for our values and priorities in Congress. Whether it was his leadership in supporting LGBT Americans, protecting a woman’s right to choose, preserving our environment and natural resources, or improving our quality of life in Northern Virginia, Jim Moran has made immeasurable contributions to Congress and to all of Virginia. I have always been proud to call Jim Moran my friend. His presence in Congress will be sorely missed.”

    • In his twenty-three years in the United States Congress, Jim Moran has pushed to create jobs and economic opportunity for hardworking Virginians and has consistently demonstrated a commitment to growing a strong American economy.  And because of Jim’s leadership, our brave service members and veterans are better protected, our civil service is stronger, and our air and water are cleaner and safer.  Michelle and I thank Congressman Moran for his service, and we wish him and his family the very best in the future.

    • WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after Congressman Jim Moran (VA-08) announced he will not seek reelection:

      “For over two decades, Jim Moran has been an outstanding representative for the people of Virginia’s Eighth District.  I have been proud to work closely with him over the years to speak out for our federal workers and to promote strong transit development for the Washington Metro area.  Jim is a steadfast ally for those who serve our nation in civilian roles, and he is a strong advocate for maintaining and enhancing our national defense.  He has been a leader in ensuring that Congress provides our men and women in uniform with the tools they need to succeed in their missions and shield themselves from harm on the battlefield, and he has made it a priority to stand up for our nation’s veterans. As a co-founder of the New Democrat Coalition, Jim is a vocal supporter of working toward bipartisan, commonsense solutions to our challenges, including the passage of trade agreements, which create American jobs and boost American exports.  

      “I have been fortunate to call Jim a friend for the more than twenty years we have served together in the House.  I wish him and his family all the best as he looks forward to the next phase of his career.”  

    • 2012 Democratic Congressional Candidate Bruce “Shuttle” Shuttleworth Announces Candidacy for Virginia’s 8th Congressional District

      “As a straight white married father, it may come as a surprise that I am considered a diversity candidate.

      I’m a Fighter Pilot and a Feminist and I believe that it is the behavior of men more than women that will determine the quickest path to equal rights.

      I’m a Naval Academy and West Point graduate who knows what it is like to be bullied.  I have roomed with at least two gay midshipmen and I will be the loudest voice in the land for equal rights for all minorities to include our transgender brothers and sisters who remain outside a proper embrace.  “Don’t ask, don’t tell” was a dishonest disgrace for which our national security, and our emphasis for honesty, suffered.  And, of course, there is no defense for the Defense of Marriage Act.

      I’m a Harvard Business School Graduate who thinks that greed is not good and that effective government oversight is a critical check to Wall Street and Big Business that too often prioritizes the short-term and puts profits above ethics when they must go together.

      I have served to defend not just Americans, but also those who aspire to be Americans and I think the least we can do is pass the Dream Act.  The best we can do is put policies in place that will enable us to “tear down that wall”.  An expensive and oftentimes ineffective barrier between two countries at peace with each other has costs that can’t be quantified in dollars and cents alone.

      I have flown over the world’s most hostile terrain with some of our country’s deadliest weapons, and I am convinced I was safer there than I would be on the ground of too many of our gun-laden streets of America.  Clearly, we are not “well-regulated” enough.

      I owe my life to the unequaled professionalism and investment in our Armed Forces – 1,700 hours flying with bombs, bullets and jet fuel make me incredibly thankful for the quality of our military contractors, servicemen and women.  Yet I am acutely aware of the limitations of the influence of our Armed Forces.  The truth is we are much better at breaking than making things.  I am certain that our “life, liberty and pursuit of happiness” can be stronger with a marked shift in priorities.

      Some math.  On 9/11, nearly 3,000 Americans died from terrorists.  On every day of every year, nearly 7 times that many die worldwide from an equally terrifying but much more pervasive threat.  For so many families, their greatest fear is waiting for their doctor to read their loved one’s CT scan.

      I know.  I was one of them, twice.

      Both of my amazing parents died of lung cancer, both non-smokers.  I have not suffered alone.  I am just one of the hundreds of millions of people alive today who loved somebody who died too young in what will forever seem a recent yesterday.

      Quite selfishly, I plainly see a clean environment as a matter of life and death.

      Yet too many in Congress embrace, and fund, an atmosphere of never-ending national security crisis.  We spend about 150 times more on Defense, Homeland Security, and the “black budget” than we do on research to cure cancer.  Yet we are thousands of times more likely to die of cancer than to terrorists.  This must change.  I call for a new kind of space race – one of greater importance, to cure cancer and other diseases.

      We need to save our people.  We need to inspire the world – and invite them to help.  We need to commit to cure cancer and so many other dreadful afflictions that can be within our reach.  This is a pursuit that requires the power and the prestige of the greatest nation on earth.  This is about creating the most meaningful jobs on Earth – many of them well-suited to Northern Virginia.  This is about a clean and safe environment.  This is about education with a noble purpose.   This is about your loved ones never having to fear the terror within.

      Cancer, and so many other pernicious diseases, someday, will be cured. Whether that day is close or far will be up to us.

      Especially with that day in mind, I declare my candidacy for Congress in Virginia’s 8th Congressional District.”

      Shuttleworth is a former strategy management consultant and marketing executive with MicroStrategy and Blackboard.  He is a community activist currently in the following leadership positions for the following national, regional and local organizations:  the Executive Board of Give An Hour; the Executive Committee of Team Kids; the Arlington Public Schools School Health Advisory Board; the Board of Arlington Gay & Lesbian Association and is the President of his Community Association.

      He has lived in Arlington, Virginia for 14 years with his wife Divonne and their twin boys Reece and Bowen.

    • kindler

      …and make room for the next generation to move up.  Thanks, Jim, for doing this rather than pulling a Strom Thurmond on us.

      And the really good news, as I look at the list of potential Democratic candidates, is what an incredibly deep bench we have.  All we have to do now is keep those who do run from getting in a big melee and beating the crap out of one another…

    • FreeDem

      Here are the real candidates …

      – Ebbin. He’s demonstrated that he can compete and win in real, competitive Democratic primaries in Northern Virginia. He’s popular and well regarded. Given that Virginia doesn’t have runoffs, he may be the favorite.

      – Chopra. Why is Chopra number two? If he jumps in (he should), it’s because he is both the most battle tested of candidates, waging a significant statewide campaign, and as a non-office holder the most ant-establishment of candidates. If you want a political insider to be your candidate, you should go with Ebbin. If you want someone who’s outside of politics as usual, go with Chopra.

      – Someone else. That’s it. All other candidates will assess the race and realize that they do not have the same compelling story. There’s room for another candidate, potentially a winner, but there’s no magical formula for determining who. Everyone else thinking of a run should compare themselves to Ebbin and Chopra and ask if they could do better.

    • amber waves

      Is it possible Instant Runoff Voting also known as Ranked Voting to be used by the democrats in the primary?  Assuming more than 2 candidates, this would significantly reduce the attacks since candidates would want to get the second and third place votes of rivals.

      If IRV is not in place, then a democratic candidate could win the nomination with a minority of the vote assuming many candidates. That would mean that a majority of the Democrats will have voted for someone else.

      What’s the scoop?

    • amber waves

      I have confirmed that Libby Garvey is not running for the seat. Not a surprise…but being one of the few women candidates, I was interested to know.