Ralph Hall

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Ralph Hall
Ralph Hall, official photo portrait, color.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 4th district
In office
January 3, 1981 – January 3, 2015
Preceded by Ray Roberts
Succeeded by John Ratcliffe
Chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology
In office
January 3, 2011 – January 3, 2013
Preceded by Bart Gordon
Succeeded by Lamar S. Smith
Member of the Texas Senate
from the 9th[1] district
In office
January 8, 1963 – January 9, 1973
Preceded by Ray Roberts
Succeeded by Ron Clower
Personal details
Born Ralph Moody Hall
(1923-05-03) May 3, 1923 (age 95)
Fate, Texas
Political party Republican (since 2004)
Democratic (1950–2004)
Spouse(s) Mary Ellen Hall (1944-2008, her death)
Children Hampton Hall
Brett Hall
Blakeley Hall
Residence Rockwall, Texas
Alma mater Southern Methodist University
Occupation attorney
Religion Methodist
Military service
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1942–1945
Rank Lieutenant
Battles/wars World War II

Ralph Moody Hall (born May 3, 1923) is an American politician. He was a United States representative from Texas from 1981 through 2015.

He was the dean of the Texas congressional delegation. He was also the former chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology from 2011 to 2013.

He is also a member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce. Originally a member of the Democratic Party for more than fifty years, in 2004 he switched to the Republican Party.

He was the last of two World War II veterans serving in Congress, the other being Michigan Congressman John Dingell.[2]

Hall was born on May 3, 1923 in Fate, Texas. He studied at Southern Methodist University. Hall married Mary Ellen in 1944. They have three children. Ellen died in 2008. Hall now lives in Rockwall, Texas, a suburb of Dallas.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Legislative Reference Library | Legislators and Leaders | Member profile". Lrl.state.tx.us. Retrieved December 26, 2013.
  2. Good, Chris (June 7, 2013). "Frank Lautenberg and Senate Link to WW II Laid to Rest". ABC News. Retrieved June 7, 2013.

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