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Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 12/23/2010

Jim Moran and wife LuAnn Bennett separate after six years of marriage

By Ben Pershing

A Northern Virginia power couple will be one no longer. Rep. James P. Moran (D-Va.) and businesswoman LuAnn Bennett are separating after six years of marriage, the lawmaker's office announced Thursday.

"After much thought and consideration, we have decided to separate," Moran and Bennett said in a joint statement released by his office. "While our marriage may be ending, our friendship and respect for one another is not. We will continue to be supportive of one another as we move forward with our lives. We ask that you respect our privacy in this matter as the decision we have made is a deeply personal one that affects not only us, but our families as well. "

Moran and Bennett married in the summer of 2004; the marriage was his third and her second. Bennett is a longtime fixture in the D.C. area business world. She is president and owner of the Bennett Group, a real estate development and management firm, and has served on the boards of several nonprofits, including the National Children's Museum.

The couple has assets of more than $2 million, according to Moran's financial disclosure forms. The vast majority of their wealth comes from Bennett's ownership share in the Bennett Group.

By Ben Pershing  | December 23, 2010; 11:11 AM ET
Categories:  Ben Pershing, James P. Moran Jr.  
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I'm sorry that the couple's hopes did not work out. But how is this sad event any of our public business?

Posted by: edallan | December 24, 2010 7:43 AM | Report abuse

Hmmm, wonder if this has anything to do with the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and Moran's reluctance to "salute" female officers? Hmmm, or maybe Ms. Bennett has moved on from her Teresa Heinz fantasies.

Jim Moran and some piranha real estate lobbyist, makes me all mushy. Who but an idiot would release this on Christmas Eve?

Posted by: SoCali | December 24, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

She was a Saint to put up with him for 6 years.

Posted by: cynical1 | December 24, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

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