Secretary of Public Safety, Brian J. 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.
He was appointed Secretary by Governor McAuliffe in December, 2013. In addition to overseeing 11 state agencies and a Homeland Security Resilience Staff Group, Secretary Moran serves as Virginia’s Chief Resilience Officer, charged with leading the effort to prepare Virginia for the current and future effects of climate change. He also chairs or co-chairs eight commissions and task forces, including the Task Force on Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse and the Task Force on Combating Campus Sexual Violence.