Brian Joseph Moran (born September 9, 1959) is an American politician and a member of the Democratic Party. He has served as Secretary of Public Safety in the Cabinet of Governor Terry McAuliffe since January, 2014, and was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 1996 until 2008, representing Northern Virginia's 46th district.
Moran was a primary candidate for Governor of Virginia in 2009, hoping to succeed fellow Democrat Tim Kaine, but on June 9, 2009, he lost the Democratic Party nomination to Creigh Deeds, a member of the Virginia Senate.
Moran was born in Natick, Massachusetts, the youngest of seven children in a Roman Catholic family of Irish descent. His father is former professional football player James Patrick Moran, Sr.. At age 9, he and his sister Mary marched 20 miles to protest hunger. At age 13, he took the train to Washington, D.C. to watch the Watergate hearings. As a teenager, he bagged groceries, rode a paper route and worked a graveyard shift at a gas station.
Moran attended university at Framingham State College, and later the Catholic University of America, where he earned his Juris Doctor from the Columbus School of Law in 1988.
Moran's older brother is Jim Moran, a former U.S. Congressman from Virginia's 8th district. The elder Moran helped raise funds for his brother during his gubernatorial campaign, and both represented areas in Northern Virginia, but the two have differing opinions on several issues such as gun control and parole laws.
After a year of clerking, he became a prosecutor in Arlington County. He worked cases ranging up to rape and murder. He left the prosecutor's office after seven years and ran for the House of Delegates in 1995 at the suggestion of Mark Warner. After being elected, Moran served on the Transportation, Courts of Justice, and Health Welfare and Institutions Committees. He is a repeat winner of Mothers Against Drunk Driving Legislator of the Year, a recipient of the Tech-10 award from the Northern Virginia Technology Council, and a Friend of Business awardee from the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce.
Moran was named 2006 Legislator of the Year by the Virginia Sheriffs Association. He resigned his seat on December 12, 2008 to pursue the Virginia governorship full-time.
In 2001, Moran was elected to chair the House Democratic Caucus, succeeding Creigh Deeds who was elected to the Virginia State Senate. During his tenure, Democrats added seats in every consecutive general election and ultimately held 44 of the chamber's 100 seats. Moran spent the better part of 2006 and 2007 traveling the state to recruit and support House candidates for the 2007 election, when all 100 Virginia House of Delegates seats were on the ballot (as in every other odd-numbered year). He formed a fundraising committee to campaign for Governor in 2009. Mame Reiley served as director of Virginians for Brian Moran, helping Moran in his election bid for Governor (from m 2007-09) but he lost the Democratic nomination for governor to Deeds, who received more than twice as many votes as Moran. Moran came in third, Terry McAuliffe second. On December 4, 2010, Moran was elected Chair of the Democratic Party of Virginia, defeating Peter Rousselot of Arlington County.
In December 2013, Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe announced he was nominating Moran to serve as Virginia's next Secretary of Public Safety, which is the Cabinet position with supervision of the Virginia State Police, the state's alcoholic beverage control laws, the Virginia Department of Corrections, and the Virginia National Guard. Previous Secretaries of Public Safety have included former Virginia state Attorney General Jerry Kilgore and John W. Marshall.