U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall to seek re-election to 16th term in office

Rep. Ralph Hall

By J.J. Smith. U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall (R-Rockwall) has announced that he is seeking re-election for his 16th term in office as U.S. Representative of the Fourth District of Texas, continuing his commitment to create jobs, cut taxes, grow the economy and rein in government spending.

At 86 years and seven months old, Hall is the oldest member of the U.S. House, but appears to still be going strong, as evidenced by his frequent trips back and forth to his home district from the nation’s capital.

Hall was first elected in 1980 as a conservative Democrat, and switched to Republican Jan. 5, 2004. Only 19 House members have served longer than Hall has. 

“These are difficult times for all Americans,” Hall said. “Folks in my district in Northeast Texas are very concerned about the direction of our country.  If Republicans stay together, the mid-term elections could produce leaders who will promote sound economic policies and get our economy growing again.”

“In the 111th Congress, I voted against all of the government bail-outs, the mammoth health care bill, and the cap and tax energy bill, and I am committed to standing in the way of further tax increases and government takeover of private businesses.”

“Spending is out of control, and unless we work toward a balanced budget, our children and grandchildren will be left with an unsustainable debt that will cripple prosperity for generations to come.”

As the Ranking Republican of the influential Committee on Science and Technology, plus a longtime member of the prestigious Committee on Energy and Commerce, Hall says he has continued to push for innovation and global competitiveness, a robust space program, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, and an energy policy that promotes free market principles and reduces America’s dependence on foreign oil.

“We have worked hard developing clean coal technology, ultra-deep drilling technology, research and development in alternative fuels, and oil exploration that is friendlier to the environment.” 

“Using new technologies would increase America’s energy independence, create good-paying jobs and help bolster the economy.”

“As the Dean of the House, I have seniority on the right committees for Texas, and I want to use my experience and influence on behalf of the citizens of the Fourth District.” 

“I have strong support from the folks in Northeast Texas, and I will continue to work hard on their behalf.”

Before being elected to the House, Hall served in the Texas State Senate from 1962-1972, and as Rockwall County Judge from 1950 to 1962.

He has three sons: Hampton, Brett and Blakeley, plus five grandchildren. Brett Hall is the U.S. District Judge in Rockwall.

For more information, see his campaign website at and his Facebook page.


4 Responses for “U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall to seek re-election to 16th term in office”

  1. Judy says:

    I totally agree with URkidding…time to go!

  2. URkidding says:

    No disrespect to Mr Hall—but like any 86 year old, it’s time to step aside. Or is it the politicians addiction to think you always know more than everyone else….addictions are a terrible thing, especially in Rockwall. Thankfully, in America you can drink all the koolaid you want, and others like myself have the right to voice our opinions. Oh–that’s right—you and your ilk would chase dissenters away, sort of like those brownshirted guys in Germany a long time ago. Hahahaha. Have a pleasant day.

  3. Justin A. Holland says:

    Ralph Hall is a fine man, who has served our country courageously both in active service and public service. Shame on you “URkidding”. I’d put Mr. Hall’s wit and sharpness up against any one elses; regardless of age. He is just as fresh and today as he was 30 years ago. You should just tell some of your “youngblood” friends to run against him. Perhaps you should drive your mini-van off into another Congressional District. And next time, be a man and put your real name. It’s easy to hide your ignorant comments behind your cheesy nickname. I’d be happy to personally talk to you about it.

  4. URkidding says:

    Ralph is a nice man but holy moly! After he and the repubs rode the country into record debt (immediately following a SURPLUS), a phony 8 year war, brink of nuclear war with N Korea and Iraq, WMD’s, Osama bin Killer still roaming the countryside, no new energy development–brother, it’s time to take it down the road to retirement. Please don’t be so selfish with your political slothness to step aside and let younger, fresher, modern, brighter young bloods lead the way.
    I doubt I’d want my 86 year old grandpa driving the family at night on vacation–why would we let Ralph drive the country’s minivan off a cliff in these dire times? Thanks for your service, Mr. Hall.

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