Jerry Moran

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran will co-chair the Senate Army Caucus, replacing retiring U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma.

Moran in a statement Thursday said he is honored to be selected, noting Kansas’ proud history of military service and home to Fort Riley, Fort Leavenworth and the Army National Guard and Reserve. Moran is also the senior member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense.

The bipartisan Senate Army Caucus includes more than 30 Senators and is one of the largest and most active caucuses in the Senate. It’s goal is to advocate on behalf of the U.S. Army in the Senate – something many local leaders in Manhattan, Junction City and surrounding areas have been pushing for to support Fort Riley endeavors. The caucus meets regularly with Army leadership to receive updates on readiness, quality of life initiatives and to develop legislation to advance Army goals.

Just last week, Moran also announced $15 million in federal money had been secured to build new barracks at Fort Riley, part of the 2023 appropriations package.

Sen. Moran joined us Friday morning on KMAN’s Morning News to discuss his new role and also looked ahead to the 2023 Congressional session.