Jim Moran attended until 1967, the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester (Massachusetts ). In the years 1967 and 1968 he graduated from the Bernard Baruch School of Finance, which is part of the City University of New York. Later he studied until 1970 at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania and to 1978 at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. In the meantime, he worked in the banking industry and as a financial accountant. From 1968 to 1974 he was employed by the U.S. Department of Health. Between 1974 and 1976 he worked for the Congress government. From 1976 to 1979 he was part of the administrative staff of the Appropriations Committee in the U.S. Senate. Politically, he joined the Democratic Party. In the years 1979 to 1982 Moran was a member of the City Council of Alexandria. After that, he was until 1984 vice mayor of this city. From 1985 to 1990 he served as mayor there eventually.
In the congressional elections of 1990, Moran was in the eighth electoral district of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Stanford Parris on January 3, 1991. After ten previously re- election, he can exercise his mandate in Congress today. In his time as a Member of the terrorist attacks on 11 September 2001, the Iraq war and the military mission in Afghanistan fell. Moran sits in the Appropriations Committee and two subcommittees. He is also a eight Congressional Caucuses; among other things, he is co-founder of the New Democrat Coalition. In 1998, he supported a request to initiate a impeachment against President Bill Clinton for the Lewinsky affair.
Jim Moran is married for the second time and has four children. Privately, he lives with his family in Arlington.