Ralph Abraham

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Ralph Abraham
Ralph Abraham official congressional photo.jpg
U.S. House, Louisiana, District 5
Incumbent
In office
January 2015 - Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 0
PartyRepublican
PredecessorVance McAllister (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Cost per vote$5.83 in 2014
First electedDecember 6, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$824,819
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolMangham High School
Bachelor'sLouisiana State University
M.D.Louisiana State University School of Medicine
OtherLouisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Coast Guard
Personal
Place of birthMonroe, Louisiana
ProfessionPhysician and Veterinarian
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Ralph Abraham is a Republican member to the U.S. House, representing the 5th Congressional District of Louisiana.[1] Abraham received enough votes to run against Jamie Mayo (D) in a runoff election. He defeated Mayo in the runoff election on December 6, 2014.[2]

Biography

Abraham was born in Alto, Louisiana.[3] He grew up working on his family's farm, where he "built miles of fences, drove open-cab tractors, herded cattle and broke wild horses."[4]

Abraham graduated from Mangham High School in 1972, and went on to earn his bachelor's degree and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Louisiana State University in 1980. From 1986 to 1989, Abraham served in the Mississippi National Guard Special Forces. He later returned to Louisiana State and earned his M.D. in 1994.[3]

Abraham worked as a veterinarian prior to earning his medical degree and became a general family practitioner in 1995. He has also worked as a flight instructor since 1980 and an aviation medical examiner since 2007.[4]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Abraham's academic, professional and political career:[5]

  • 2015-Present: U.S. Representative from Louisiana's 5th Congressional District
  • 1994: Graduated Louisiana State University School of Medicine with an M.D.
  • 1986-1989: Mississippi National Guard Special Forces
  • 1980: Graduated from Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine with a D.V.M.
  • 1980: Graduated from Louisiana State University with a B.A.

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2015-2016

Abraham serves on the following committees:[6]

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Abraham listed the following issues on his campaign website:[7]

  • Gun control
Excerpt: "I’ll stand with you to stop our federal government from taking away our freedom and the right to protect ourselves and our families."
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "Obamacare is broken. As a physician, I see the problems with it everyday and know I can offer solutions to improve it."
  • Taxes
Excerpt: "No new taxes for businesses and individuals."
  • Congressional term limits
Excerpt: "I support term limits for Members of Congress."
  • Congressional salaries
Excerpt: "It should be an honor and a privilege to serve your country and NOT a paid position. If law dictates a salary, then I will donate the salary ($174,000/year) to charities; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and The Independence Fund (provides TRACK Chairs for wounded Veterans who are missing both arms and legs or paralyzed.) YOU should not pay a penny for representation."

Elections

2014

See also: Louisiana's 5th Congressional District elections, 2014

December 6, 2014

Abraham defeated Jamie Mayo in the runoff election on December 6, 2014. Both candidates placed as the top vote receivers in the election on November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, Louisiana District 5 Runoff Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRalph Abraham 64.2% 134,616
     Democratic Jamie Mayo 35.8% 75,004
Total Votes 209,620
Source: Louisiana Secretary of State

November 4, 2014

Abraham ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Louisiana's 5th District.[1] He secured enough votes to participate in a runoff election against Jamie Mayo.

U.S. House, Louisiana District 5 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Vance McAllister Incumbent 11.11% 26,606
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRalph Abraham 23.16% 55,489
     Republican Harris Brown 4.13% 9,890
     Republican Zach Dasher 22.39% 53,628
     Republican Clyde Holloway 7.46% 17,877
     Republican Ed Tarpley Jr. 1.92% 4,594
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJamie Mayo 28.22% 67,611
     Libertarian Charles Saucier 0.92% 2,201
     Green Eliot Barron 0.69% 1,655
Total Votes 239,551
Source: Louisiana Secretary of State

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Abraham is available dating back to 2014. Based on available campaign finance records, Abraham raised a total of $824,819 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 15, 2015.[8]

Ralph Abraham's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2014 U.S. House (Louisiana, District 5) Won $824,819
Grand Total Raised $824,819

2014

Abraham won election to the U.S. House in 2014. During that election cycle, Abraham's campaign committee raised a total of $824,819 and spent $784,868.[9] This is less than the average $1.45 million spent by House winners in 2014.[10]

Cost per vote

Abraham spent $5.83 per general election vote received in 2014.

U.S. House, Louisiana District 5, 2014 - Ralph Abraham Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $824,819
Total Spent $784,868
Total Raised by Election Runner-up $1,490,145
Total Spent by Election Runner-up $1,484,894
Top contributors to Ralph Abraham's campaign committee
Affinity Health Group$10,609
Caney Bayou Farms$7,600
Gamble Guest Care$6,500
Willis-Knighton Health System$6,200
Central Management$6,100
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Health Professionals$83,200
Crop Production & Basic Processing$70,350
Leadership PACs$56,000
Retired$48,455
Hospitals/Nursing Homes$29,850

Personal

Abraham and his wife, Dianne, have three grown children.[4]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Vance McAllister (R)
U.S. House of Representatives - Louisiana, District 5
2015–present
Succeeded by
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