Born and raised in rural Kansas, Senator Jerry Moran understands the meaning of a hard day’s work and the importance of Kansas conservative values - God, country, family, and freedom. Jerry holds these values near and dear to his heart and continues to rely on them.
After attending Fort Hays State University and later the University of Kansas, where he completed a degree in economics, Jerry began as a small-town banker before earning his J.D. from the University of Kansas. While Jerry enjoyed serving his community as a small-town banker, he felt called to give back even more.
In 1989, Jerry ran for Kansas State Senate and won. He served in the State Senate for eight years, serving the last two years as Majority Leader, and fought to protect our conservative values - protecting the Constitution, standing for life, strengthening the economy, and providing more resources for our agriculture industry.
While Jerry was advancing conservative policies at the state legislature, he could not ignore the Democrats’ attacks on our values in Washington. With the backing of his community, Jerry was elected to serve the people of Kansas’ First Congressional District. While in the House of Representatives, Jerry worked hard to create a farm bill that put Kansas’ farmers and ranchers first - providing more resources and creating a level playing field. During his tenure in the House, he advanced legislation to cut taxes, eliminate government’s red tape, simplify the tax code, improve our nation’s infrastructure, support our military and veterans and push back against the Democrats’ extreme agenda.
In 2010, Kansans elected Jerry to serve in the United States Senate - following in the footsteps of his mentor and good friend, Senator Bob Dole. In office, Jerry has pushed back against the Democrats’ extreme agenda. He stood up against President Obama’s efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base detention center and transfer prisoners to Fort Leavenworth. He also fought back against President Obama’s reckless spending and abuse of government power, like the Waters of the United States (WOTUS). While Jerry effectively pushed back against President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and the Democrats’ radical agenda, he knew more must be done to stop their march toward socialism.
In 2014, Jerry served as chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC). In this leadership position, Jerry orchestrated the Republicans’ efforts to take back the United States Senate and provide a check on President Obama. Thanks to his bold leadership, Republicans took back the Senate - gaining nine seats - the largest Senate gain in a midterm election cycle in over 50 years.
As the leader of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Jerry worked with President Trump and President Biden to lead significant legislative accomplishments to care for our nation’s veterans – from community care to mental health to adaptive housing to the PACT Act. This summer, Jerry introduced, advocated for, and worked across the aisle to pass the PACT Act so that all-generations of veterans who were exposed to burn pits receive the care and benefits they deserve.
Jerry continues to fight against the “defund the police” movement and acted to provide law enforcement a pay raise and the tools they need to protect our communities. As the top Republican on the committee that funds the Department of Justice, Jerry has led the charge to back the blue and defend our first responders.
Jerry breaks through the dysfunction in Washington, D.C. and delivers real results for Kansans. As a bipartisan leader in the U.S. Senate, Jerry had the third most bills signed into law last Congress and was ranked as one of the most effective U.S. Senators by the Center for Effective Lawmaking. Jerry also makes it a priority to return home each week to listen and connect with Kansans. Traveling nearly 200,000 miles across Kansas since 2017, Jerry won the Senate MVP Award by Town Hall Project for holding more town halls than any other U.S. Senator.
As a born-and-bred Kansan, Jerry will always put Kansas first and protect our conservative values.
Jerry and his wife, Robba, live in Kansas and have two daughters and two grandchildren.