Virginia's Moran to retire from Congress

01/15/2014 8:10 AM

01/16/2014 6:52 AM

Rep. Jim Moran, a veteran Virginia congressman known for his championing of domestic causes and his brash manner, said Wednesday he's retiring from Congress.

A 23-year congressional veteran and former Mayor of Alexandria, Va., Moran said in a statement "s been an honor to represent Northern Virginia."

Moran is the third House of Representatives Democrat this week to announce he won't see re-election.

Moran's announcement comes shortly after another Democratic veteran, Rep. George Miller, said he would retire. Miller once chaired the House Education & Labor Committee and is close to Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. Tuesday, Rep. Bill Owens, D-N.Y., said he would not seek re-election

Moran has been an outspoken voice on the House Appropriations Committee.

Here's part of his statement:

“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.” 

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