Alexander Xavier Mooney (born June 7, 1971) is an American politician who has been the U.S. Representative for West Virginia’s 2nd congressional district since 2015. He is a member of the Republican Party. He served in the Maryland State Senate, representing District 3, from 1999 to 2011 and is a former Chairman of the Maryland Republican Party. He is the first Hispanic elected to Congress from West Virginia.
Mooney’s mother, Lala, was a Cuban refugee who escaped from political imprisonment at the age of 21, shortly after the Bay of Pigs Invasion. From a family of Irish immigrants, his father Vincent grew up in Long Island, New York. Mooney was born in 1971 in Washington D.C. He graduated from Frederick High School, where he was elected as president of the student government.
In 1993, Mooney received his B.A. in philosophy from Dartmouth College. While attending Dartmouth, he ran for the New Hampshire House of Representatives in Grafton County‘s 10th District. He finished in last place with 8% of the vote. In 2007, Mooney was elected to the Executive Committee of the Dartmouth College Association of Alumni. In early 2008, Mooney traveled to New Hampshire to testify in support of a state bill that would require legislative approval for amendments that the privateBoard of Trustees of Dartmouth College wished to make to its charter.
Mooney represented Maryland’s District 3rd, which covers parts of Washington and Frederick Counties, in the Maryland Senate, from January 1999 to January 2011. While in office, he served as the executive director of the National Journalism Center from 2005 to 2012.
In 1998, Mooney defeated incumbent Republican John W. Derr in the primary election and Democrat Ronald S. Bird in the general election. In 2002, Mooney was re-elected, defeating Democrat Sue Hecht, with 55% of the vote. In 2006, he won re-election with 52% of the vote against Candy Greenway. In 2010, Democrat Ronald N. Young, Mayor of Frederick, defeated him 51%–49%.
In 2000, Mooney received the Maryland Taxpayer of the Year award. In 2003 he received the National Hero of the Taxpayer Award. He also received the top business rating in the state from the organization Maryland Business for Responsive Government.
n the Maryland State Senate, Mooney was a member of the Judicial Proceedings Committee, the Joint Committee on Investigation, and formerly a member of the Joint Committee on Federal Relations, and the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee. He served on the Maryland Rural Caucus, the Taxpayers Protection Caucus, and the Maryland Veterans Caucus.
- Location Virginia
- Listing categories House of Representatives, Political Representatives
- Website https://mooney.house.gov/
- Phone 202-225-2711
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Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2711
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