James Patrick "Jim" Moran, Jr. ( /mɵˈræn/; born May 16, 1945) is the U.S. Representative for Virginia's 8th congressional district, serving since 1991. He is a member of the Democratic Party. The district is located in Northern Virginia and includes the cities of Falls Church and Alexandria, as well as a portion of Fairfax County and all of Arlington County.
Jim Moran was the mayor of Alexandria, Virginia for five years from 1985 to 1990, when he resigned to run for Congress. He defeated Republican incumbent Stanford Parris in the general election on November 6, 1990, and was sworn in the following January. Since then he has served ten consecutive terms as a member of the Congress. He is of Irish American descent and is the brother of former Virginia State Delegate and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Brian Moran who currently serves as Chairperson of the Democratic Party of Virginia, as well as the son of professional football player James Patrick Moran, Sr.
Moran, one of seven children, was born in Buffalo, New York, and grew up in Natick, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston. His parents, Dorothy and James, a professional Football player for the Boston Redskins in the 1930s, were both Roosevelt Democrats and supporters of the New Deal. He attended Marian High School in Framingham, Massachusetts, before earning a B.A. in economics (1967) at the College of the Holy Cross, where he played college Football, and a Master of Public Administration (1970) at the University of Pittsburgh. Moran admitted in 1992 that he had experimented with marijuana during his early twenties.