Secretary of Public Safety, Brian J. Moran

Leader portrait photograph

Brian J. Moran was appointed by Governor McAuliffe in January 2014 and reappointed by Governor Northam in January 2018 as Virginia’s Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security. The Office of the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security comprises 11 state agencies and provides oversight to the Homeland Security and Resilience Staff Group. Secretary Moran served as Virginia’s Chief Resilience Officer under Governor McAuliffe, and currently serves as the Governor’s Homeland Security Advisor, and the Governor’s Criminal Justice Advisor.  In 2015, he was awarded the President’s Award by the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police. 

Prior to his appointment, Secretary Moran served as a long time County prosecutor in Arlington. In 1996, he was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates representing the 46th legislative district, a seat he held for 13 years. He championed and sponsored legislation in the areas of child abuse, domestic violence, drunk driving, drug interdiction and elder abuse. He forged bipartisan coalitions and support to pass numerous pieces of legislation. Most notably, he created the felony drunk driving law and Alicia's Law, which provides law enforcement the necessary tools to stop internet sexual predators from preying on our children.