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McAuliffe picks Brian Moran as public safety secretary

December 13, 2013 | Virginia News

News Image Virginia Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe today named former delegate Brian J. Moran to be his Secretary of Public Safety, choosing a past political rival for a key Cabinet post.

McAuliffe announced the appointment in Arlington, where Moran, 54, served for seven years as a prosecutor in the commonwealth’s attorney’s office.

“Keeping Virginians safe is the highest priority of state government, and Brian Moran has the talent, experience and dedication to undertake that important mission as a member of my cabinet,” McAuliffe said.

Moran said he was “honored” to accept the post and said he was “eager to get to work alongside the thousands of firefighters, state and local police officers, sheriffs and deputies, first responders and so many others who devote their lives” to keeping the commonwealth safe.

As secretary, Moran will oversee 11 state agencies, including the Virginia State Police, Alcoholic Beverage Control, Department of Corrections and Emergency Management.

A state delegate from 1996-2008, Moran served on the Courts of Custice Committee, was a member of the State Crime Commission, and served on the Secure Virginia panel formed in response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. He is credited with helping to pass Alicia’s law, legislation that provided greater protections for children from internet predators.

McAuliffe and Moran were rivals in the governor’s race four years ago when they lost the Democratic nomination to a third contender, Sen. R. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath). Deeds went on to lose the general election to now-Governor Robert F. McDonnell (R).

Moran became Chairman of the Democratic Party of Virginia in 2010 and was succeeded by Del. Charniele L. Herring, D-Alexandria, in 2012.

Most recently, Moran has been a partner at New South Strategic Partners, a government relations firm. From 2009 through 2012, he was executive vice president and general counsel at the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities.

He is the brother of U.S. Representative Jim Moran (D-Va.).

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This article compiled from the source articles published in the Washington Post and Richmond Times-Dispatch.