I am a proud stepfather, student, and Texan.
I have always been passionate from an early age about the state of affairs in Texas and the United States as a whole, voicing my opinions and rallying others to make a difference in their lives and the lives of their neighbors.
I will never give up working and fighting for those in Texas who feel that they are not being represented or are being disenfranchised because of their race, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, age, or socio-economic status, and that is one of the many reasons why I am running for House District 63.
I currently attend the University of North Texas in Denton, majoring in Political Science with an emphasis in Constitutional law, eventually planning to go onto law school to fight for all Texans.
Daniel T.A. Moran was born outside the Denver metropolitan area in Englewood, Colorado. After only a few years there, his father’s work moved them to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, where the family has lived ever since.
He is engaged to Shayrah Akers, whose daughter, Kylie, Daniel considers his own. With so many amazing women in his life, he understands the importance of women's reproductive rights and health care that is becoming a growing concern in the state of Texas.
Like so many of his generation, Daniel's activism began online, where he discussed politics and religion in America, gaining some popularity online as a voice for equality and reason. From there he spent a couple of years as the news correspondent on a couple of popular podcasts.
In high school, he attempted to create an LGBT student group and a secular student group, but was denied by the school, who then changed their policy to no longer allow non-academically based groups, even though plenty of religious groups had existed beforehand.
Once at the University of North Texas, he became involved with the school's secular group but believed there was not enough emphasis on outreach. Daniel then founded the Secular Student Alliance at the University of North Texas, a group for students, who would otherwise feel disenfranchised for their religious beliefs, to be more involved with politics and to be a voice for secularism and humanism at the university.
He first started working on campaigns in 2012 volunteering for a United States Congressional campaign for US District 24, managing the campaign's social media.
From there, he gained notoriety in local politics when he decided to confront his representative, United States Congressman Michael Burgess (R-26), at a town hall meeting held at a local megachurch in August of 2013. For merely asking Congressman Burgess why he voted twice against allowing secular chaplains to serve in the United States Armed Forces, those in the crowd heckled Daniel and aggressively demanded that he be thrown out of the meeting. This caused the story to be picked up by various national news sources, including the Raw Story, FOX News, and the Blaze.
In June of 2013, Daniel's mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was initially viewed as an anomaly, but the family later attributed it to the rise in hydraulic fracturing (a.k.a. fracking) in North Texas, which uses known carcinogens, including benzene. Many in the Texas government, including Rep. Tan Parker (R-63), fight for the oil and gas industry, leading to little to no accountability at the state level to protect the health and safety of North Texans.
After that, Daniel knew the only way he could invoke the changes that were necessary to ensure that the rights of minorities are not trampled on and that people are the priority over corporations was to run for office and give a voice to those not being listened to by their supposed representatives.