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Rep. Hall to receive US Chamber award May 3 at Rockwall Chamber breakfast

ROCKWALL – Sixteen-term US Congressman Ralph Hall will receive the U.S. Chamber of Commerce “Spirit of Enterprise” award on his 89th birthday, May 3, at the Rockwall Chamber of Commerce breakfast, 7:30 am, at Saltgrass Steakhouse, 1649 Laguna Dr.  in Rockwall.

The award is given to members of Congress for their pro-business positions and commitment to economic growth, according to Paula Kerr, the Rockwall Chamber’s public relations manager.

Rep. Hall, representing the Fourth Congressional District in Texas, was born May 3, 1923 in Fate. He was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1980 and has been re-elected to each succeeding Congress.  He was selected as Chairman of the Committee on Science and Technology for the 112th Congress.

“Over the many years of Congressman Hall’s service he has worked to protect and advance the interests of America’s job creators, supporting pro-growth policies,” she wrote in a news release.  “Congressman Hall is helping unleash the power of free enterprise to put our economy back on track and put Americans back to work.”

“The Rockwall Area Chamber of Commerce encourages its members and Rockwall area businesses to attend and support the advancements and interests of America’s job creators,” wrote Kerr.

The cost of the breakfast is $12.  Those planning to attend should RSVP to the Chamber at 972-771-5733.

Rep. Hall is the oldest member of the US Congress. Prior to being elected in 1980, he served in the Texas Senate, from 1962 to 1972, including as President Pro Tempore from 1968-1969. Between 1950 and 1962, Mr. Hall served as the Rockwall County Judge.

After attending public schools in Rockwall and graduating from Rockwall High School, he joined the U.S. Navy on December 10, 1942, serving as a lieutenant (senior grade) aircraft carrier pilot from 1942 to 1945.

He attended Texas Christian University, the University of Texas – Austin and received his LL.B. from Southern Methodist University in 1951.  He was admitted to the Texas Bar that same year and maintained a private law practice in Rockwall for many years.

By J.J. Smith, Publisher

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