WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Congressman Jim Moran of Virginia announced on Wednesday that he will not seek re-election. He represents the 8th district of Virginia which includes Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax County and Falls Church.
In a press release posted on his website, Rep. Moran was quoted as saying:
"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."
Moran is Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Interior Subcommittee and senior member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. He was first elected to Congress in 1990. The 68-year-old also served as mayor of Alexandria, Va. in 1984 until he ran for Congress in 1990.
The President of the United States and Virginia politicians weighed in with statements soon after the retirement announcement was posted.
President Obama released the following statement:
"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."
Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10th) released the following statement:
"Jim is more than a colleague in the House. He is a friend. He and I have worked side-by-side on a variety of projects and issues over the years, from getting funding for the new Woodrow Wilson Bridge to improvements on the George Washington Parkway to fighting for federal employees. He has been a true partner in working for Northern Virginia and will be missed."
Rep. Gerry Connolly also released a statement:
"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."
Governor Terry McAuliffe responded to the news with this statement:
"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."
Representative Rob Wittman said in a statement:
"Jim Moran has dedicated a career of service to the people of our Commonwealth. I have enjoyed working with Jim on a number of issues affecting Northern Virginia, including transportation issues and fighting for our hardworking federal employees. I appreciate his commitment to his constituents and his friendship during our service together in the House of Representatives."
U.S. Senator Tim Kaine wrote about Moran:
"For nearly four decades, Jim Moran has devoted his career to serving the people of Northern Virginia. From his early days on Alexandria City Council to his leadership on the House Appropriations Committee, Jim has never stopped fighting for Virginia's 8th District and I will greatly miss his upbeat presence on Capitol Hill. His innumerable accomplishments include significant contributions to support the region's federal workforce, transportation infrastructure, as well as the defense and intelligence communities. A passionate and progressive advocate for so many important local, national and international issues, I have no doubt Jim will continue to serve in meaningful ways for many years to come."
Fellow senator Mark Warner said:
"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."
D.C. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton released a statement on Moran as well:
"I am beside myself that Jim Moran, one of my closest friends in the Congress and my congressional classmate, has decided to give up his seat and to leave the House. I will miss Jim's friendship, and I will especially miss his partnership on not only national legislation, but also on virtually everything we have done here for the District of Columbia. The regional delegation, our party, the Congress and the country will be at a great loss without Jim Moran, a senior leader on the House Appropriations Committee. In that role, he has been successful in helping to get the country's funding process back on track, and I will join his call for the House and Senate to pass the vital omnibus spending bill. Virginia, this region, and, I know, many of my colleagues join me in saying, 'Jim don't go!'"