Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe today tapped former state Del. Brian Moran to serve as secretary of public safety in his administration, four years after they waged a bitter fight for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.
McAuliffe made the announcement at a news conference at the courthouse in Arlington County, where Moran worked as a prosecutor for seven years. Moran served 12 years in the House of Delegates before waging an unsuccessful campaign for governor in 2009. Moran and McAuliffe clashed in a three-way primary that was won by Sen. Creigh Deeds.
“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,” said McAulife said in a news release. “From his work fighting crime as an Arlington County prosecutor, to his leadership in the House of Delegates protecting children from internet predators and cracking down on drunk driving, Brian has always put public safety for Virginians first. He will be an outstanding leader in my administration as Secretary of Public Safety.”
Moran was a member of the House Courts of Justice Committee. He was an advocate for passage of “Alicia’s Law,” which provides resources for multi-jurisdictional Internet Crimes Against Children Centers.
“Creating jobs, growing our economy and making life better for Virginia families all begin with safe communities,” Moran said in the news release. “I am 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 that critical mission.”
“I am honored to accept Governor-elect McAuliffe’s nomination to serve Virginians as Secretary of Public Safety and join the bipartisan team he is building to find common ground on the challenges we face as a Commonwealth.”