Secretary of Public Safety, Brian J. Moran

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In 2014, Governor McAuliffe appointed Brian Moran to be the first Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security in Virginia history. Secretary Moran oversees a portfolio of 11 state agencies and the Homeland Security and Resilience Staff Group. He serves as the Governor’s Homeland Security Advisor, charged with being the primary liaison to the Department of Homeland Security and the Virginia Fusion Center.

Secretary Moran has helped transform the homeland security grant process and continues to make cybersecurity a point of emphasis as we move into the digital age. In addition to homeland security, Secretary Moran is the Governor’s advisor for all criminal justice related issues; co-chairing a variety of Governor’s Task Forces including: the Parole Review Commission, the Task Force on Combating Sexual Violence and the Task Force on Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse.

In 2016, Governor McAuliffe signed into law a historic bipartisan compromise to increase firearm safety in the Commonwealth. Secretary Moran was the chief negotiator, establishing the toughest domestic violence law in the nation. Secretary Moran also led the effort to secure historic investments in correctional rehabilitation and reentry programs. Virginia now enjoys the lowest recidivism rate in the nation. He is also overseeing the successful transformation of Virginia’s Juvenile Justice System.

Additionally, Secretary Moran is Virginia’s first Chief Resilience Officer, charged with leading the effort to prepare Virginia for the current and future effects of sea level rise and recurrent flooding. In 2016, he headed the successful effort to secure the largest state resilience grant in the nation of $120 million, along with co-chairing the Governor’s Climate change and Resiliency Update Commission.

Background on Secretary Brian Moran:

Secretary Brian J. Moran has a passion for public service, particularly in the area of public safety and social justice issues.  He began his career as a judicial law clerk in Arlington, learning the intricacies of the court system. In 1989 he became County prosecutor where he prosecuted a variety of crimes including murder and rape. In 1996, he was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates representing the 46th legislative district, a seat he held for 13 years until 2008. 

While in the legislature, Secretary Moran served on the Courts of Justice Committee, the State Crime Commission, the Militia, Police, and Public Safety Committee, the Board of the Alcohol Safety Action Program, and the Secure Virginia Panel.  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.