Rivals of Ralph Hall, Sam Johnson avoid age issue

( Bob Deuell, a conservative physician from Greenville, had his heart set on serving in Congress. When his congressman, Ralph Hall (above left), got wind of it, he invited Deuell to shadow him in Washington for a few days in 1998. He gave a potential opponent or successor an opportunity to see what an average week would be like if he were to win the seat.

“He wore me out,” Deuell said. Deuell gave up on his congressional aspirations, running instead for the Texas Senate and winning a spot there in 2002.

Hall, a Rockwall Republican who will celebrate his 89th birthday between now and the May 29 primary, is still in Congress. He’s been there since 1981.


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