Gerald Wesley Moran (born May 29, 1954) is an American politician serving as the junior United States Senator from Kansas since 2011. A member of the Republican Party, he served as Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee for the 113th U.S. Congress, during which he led successful Republican efforts in 2014 election, producing the first Republican Senate majority since 2006. Previously, he served as a member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Kansas's 1st congressional district.
Raised in Plainville, Kansas, Moran graduated from the University of Kansas and the University of Kansas School of Law. He worked in private law and served as the state special assistant attorney general (1982â€“85) and deputy attorney of Rooks County (1987â€“95). He served in the Kansas Senate (1989â€“1997), and was majority leader for his last two years. He was elected to the House of Representatives in 1996 and served six terms with little electoral opposition. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010 after defeating fellow U.S. Representative Todd Tiahrt in a contentious primary. He was re-elected to the U.S. Senate in 2016.
Moran will become the senior Senator as well as the dean of the Kansas delegation in 2021 when Pat Roberts retires from the Senate.
Moran's voting record is highly conservative. He has a lifetime rating of 92 from the American Conservative Union.
The Southwest Daily Times once quoted him as saying, "I will always put Kansans ahead of the pressures in Washington"â€”a quote he posted on his House Web site.