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Hall voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels.  He was one of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'' "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.]</ref>
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Hall voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels.  He was 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'' "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.]</ref>
  
 
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==Elections==

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Ralph Hall
Ralph Hall.jpg
U.S. House, Texas, District 4
Incumbent
In office
1981-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 33
PartyRepublican
PredecessorRay Roberts (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 4, 1980
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$5,774,043
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Texas State Senate
1962-1972
Education
High schoolRockwall High School, Rockwall, TX
Bachelor'sSouthern Methodist University
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Navy
Years of service1942-1945
Personal
BirthdayMay 3, 1923
Place of birthFate, TX
Net worth$1,717,502
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Ralph Hall (b. May 3, 1923 in Fate, Texas) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Texas. Hall serves Texas' 4th congressional district and was first elected to the House in 1980.

Hall most recently won re-election on November 6, 2012. He defeated VaLinda Hathcox (D) and Thomas Griffing (L) in the November 6, 2012, general election.[1]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Hall is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

Hall attended Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, and the University of Texas, Austin. After earning his LL.B. from Southern Methodist University in 1951, he was admitted to the Texas Bar and went into private practice.[2]

On January 5, 2004, Hall switched party affiliation from Democratic to Republican.[3]

On December 25, 2012, at the age of 89, Hall became the oldest lawmaker ever to serve in the House of Representatives. The record was previously held by Charles Manley Stedman, a representative from North Carolina. Stedman died in 1930.[4]

Career

  • 1950-1962: Rockwall County Judge
  • 1962-1972: Texas State Senator
  • 1980-present: U.S. House of Representatives (Democrat from 1980-2004, Republican from 2004-present)

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Hall serves on the following committees:[5]

2011-2012

Hall was a member of the following House committees[2]:

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Hall's campaign website listed the following issues:[6]

  • Economic Policy
Excerpt: "Ralph Hall is a tireless advocate for lower taxes and a smaller more efficient government. He understands that in order to keep our economy growing we have to restrain spending by the federal government, focus on job creation, and reform our federal tax code."
  • Energy Policy
Excerpt: "Ralph Hall will continue to work to lessen our country’s need for foreign oil through increased drilling off the Gulf and Alaskan coasts, use of clean coal technology, expanded nuclear and natural gas use, increased conservation efforts, and expanding the use of alternative fuels."
  • Immigration
Excerpt: "Ralph Hall knows our immigration policies need to be tightened. This includes protecting the rights of legal immigrants to our country which our economy depends on and stopping illegal immigration which we can’t afford."
  • National Security
Excerpt: "Ralph Hall recently returned from a trip to Iraq where he saw first hand the progress being made in the war on terrorism. There is overwhelming sentiment among our troops to finish the job and emerge as victors in this conflict."
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "Ralph Hall is working to reform healthcare in our country by promoting greater access to affordable health insurance for small businesses and all Americans through a variety of tax breaks and incentives."
  • Social Security/Medicare
Excerpt: "Ralph Hall is committed to ensuring the solvency of Social Security and Medicare but equally committed to finding ways to improve programs that will allow younger workers more options on how best to plan for their retirement years."

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Hall voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[7]

Elections

2014

See also: Texas' 4th congressional district elections, 2014

Hall announced that he will seek re-election to Texas' 4th congressional district in 2014.[8]

2012

See also: Texas' 4th congressional district elections, 2012

Hall won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Texas' 4th District. He defeated Lou Gigliotti and Steve Clark in the May 29, 2012, Republican primary. He then defeated VaLinda Hathcox (D) and Thomas Griffing (L) in the November 6, 2012, general election.[9][10]

U.S. House, Texas District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRalph M. Hall Incumbent 73% 182,679
     Democratic VaLinda Hathcox 24.1% 60,214
     Libertarian Thomas Griffing 2.9% 7,262
     Write-in Fred Rostek 0.1% 188
Total Votes 250,343
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


U.S. House, Texas District 4 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRalph Hall Incumbent 58.4% 38,202
Steve Clark 21% 13,719
Lou Gigliotti 20.7% 13,532
Total Votes 65,453

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Hall is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Hall raised a total of $5,774,043 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 25, 2013.[27]

Ralph Hall's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Texas, District 4) Won $563,641
2010 US House (Texas, District 4) Won $664,579
2008 US House (Texas, District 4) Won $1,096,578
2006 US House (Texas, District 4) Won $907,158
2004 US House (Texas, District 4) Won $1,178,472
2002 US House (Texas, District 4) Won $630,746
2000 US House (Texas, District 4) Won $732,869
Grand Total Raised $5,774,043

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Hall's reports.[28]

Ralph Hall (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[29]April 15, 2013$48,967.06$35,000.00$(68,224.78)$15,742.28
July Quarterly[30]July 14, 2013$15,742.28$129,736.09$(42,239.26)$103,239.11
Running totals
$164,736.09$(110,464.04)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Hall's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Hall won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Hall's campaign committee raised a total of $563,641 and spent $598,127.[31] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[32]

Cost per vote

Hall spent $3.27 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Hall's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Hall won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Hall's campaign committee raised a total of $664,579 and spent $776,142.[33]

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Hall is a "rank-and-file Republican" as of June 2013.[34]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[35]

Hall most often votes with:

Hall least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Hall missed 463 of 18,900 roll call votes from January 1981 to March 2013. This amounts to 2.4%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[36]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Hall paid his congressional staff a total of $1,162,587 in 2011. Overall, Texas ranks 27th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[37]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Hall's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $950,006 to $2,484,998. That averages to $1,717,502, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth decreased by 32.14% from 2010.[38]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Hall's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $750,006 to $1,550,000. That averages to $1,150,003 which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[39]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Hall ranked 119th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[40]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Hall was tied with three other members of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 80th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[41]

Voting with party

2013

Ralph Hall voted with the Republican Party 98.2% of the time, which ranked 34th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[42]

Personal

Hall and his late wife, Mary Ellen, had three children and five grandchildren.[2]

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References

  1. Politico "2012 Election Map, Texas"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Official House website "Biography," Accessed October 21, 2011
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "Ralph Hall," Accessed October 21, 2011
  4. KMBZ.com "Texas Congressman Ralph Hall Oldest to Ever Serve in House," December 26, 2012
  5. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  6. Campaign website, Issues
  7. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  8. Chron, "90-year-old Rep. Ralph Hall seeks another term to ‘help elect the next Republican president’," May 8, 2013
  9. Republican candidate list
  10. Unofficial Republican primary results
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 1990," accessed March 28, 2013
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1988," accessed March 28, 2013
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 1986," accessed March 28, 2013
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 1984," accessed March 28, 2013
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 1982," accessed March 28, 2013
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 1980," accessed March 28, 2013
  27. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Ralph Hall," Accessed March 25, 2013
  28. Federal Election Commission "Ralph Hall Summary Report," Accessed July 23, 2013
  29. 'Federal Election Commission "Ralph Hall April Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  30. 'Federal Election Commission "Ralph Hall July Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  31. Open Secrets "Ralph Hall 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 5, 2013
  32. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  33. Open Secrets "Ralph Hall 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 29, 2011
  34. Gov Track "Ralph Hall," Accessed June 7 2013
  35. OpenCongress, "Ralph Hall," Accessed August 2, 2013
  36. GovTrack, "Ralph Hall," Accessed April 2, 2013
  37. LegiStorm, "Ralph Hall," Accessed September 17, 2012
  38. OpenSecrets.org "Ralph M. Hall (R-Texas), 2011," accessed February 25, 2013
  39. OpenSecrets.org, "Ralph M. Hall (R-Texas), 2010," Accessed September 17, 2012
  40. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  41. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  42. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Ray Roberts
U.S. House of Representatives - Texas, 4th District
1981-Present
Succeeded by
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