Moran defeated Democratic challenger Jrmar Jefferson in the race to replace longtime representative Louie Gohmert, according to unofficial election results.
In 2021, Gohmert announced he would vacate his seat to run for Texas Attorney General. He lost the race for the GOP nomination in that contest.
Moran has been the Smith County judge since 2016.
He previously served on the Tyler City Council from 2005 to 2009, representing District 5.
According to the Smith County government website, Moran, a graduate of Whitehouse High School, continued his education at the U.S. Military Academy and Texas Tech University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Russian (1997), an MBA (1998), and his law degree (2002).
Moran has volunteered with a number of nonprofit organizations including the Discovery Science Place, Whitehouse ISD Education Foundation, Cancer Foundation for Life, Smith County Bar Association, and Boy Scouts of America Troop 370 (Green Acres).