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|Profile picture = Ralph Hall.jpg
 
|Profile picture = Ralph Hall.jpg
 
|Position = U.S. House, Texas, District 4
 
|Position = U.S. House, Texas, District 4
|Status = Incumbent
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|Status = Former representative
|Tenure = 1981-present
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|Tenure = 1981-2015
|Term ends = January 3, 2015
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|Term ends =  
|Assumed office = 1981
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|Assumed office =  
 
|Political party = Republican
 
|Political party = Republican
 
|Predecessor = Ray Roberts (D)  
 
|Predecessor = Ray Roberts (D)  
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|Base salary = $174,000/year
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|Per diem =
 
|Pension =
 
|Pension =
|Last election = [[Texas' 4th congressional district elections, 2012|November 6, 2012]]
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|Last election = May 27, 2014
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|Cost per vote 2012 =
 
|Appointed =
 
|Appointed =
 
|Appointed by =
 
|Appointed by =
 
|First elected = November 4, 1980
 
|First elected = November 4, 1980
 
|Term limits =
 
|Term limits =
|Next election = [[Texas' 4th congressional district elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]]
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|Campaign $ = 5,774,043
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|Prior office = Texas State Senate
 
|Prior office = Texas State Senate
 
|Prior office years = 1962-1972
 
|Prior office years = 1962-1972
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|Prior office 2 = Rockwall County Judge
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|Prior office 2 years = 1950-1962
 
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|Place of birth = Fate, TX
 
|Place of birth = Fate, TX
 
|Profession =
 
|Profession =
|Net worth = $1,717,502
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|Net worth =(2012) $2,092,502
 
|Religion =
 
|Religion =
|Office website = http://ralphhall.house.gov/
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|Office website =  
|Campaign website = http://www.ralphhall.com/
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|Personal website =
 
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{{tnr}}'''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.  
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{{tnr}}'''Ralph Hall''' (b. May 3, 1923, in Fate, [[Texas|TX]]) is a former [[Republican]] member of the [[U.S. House of Representatives]] from the state of [[Texas]]. Hall served [[Texas' 4th Congressional District]] from 1981 to 2015.  
  
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.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/House/2012/ ''Politico'' "2012 Election Map, Texas"]</ref>
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Hall lost his bid for [[U.S. Congress elections, 2014|re-election]] to the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] in 2014. He announced going into the primary election that it would be his last re-election bid.<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/2/http://www.rockwallheraldbanner.com/local/x1956136864/Hall-announces-final-re-election-bid/ ''Rockwell Herald Banner,'' "Hall announces final re-election bid," December 20, 2013]</ref> He was defeated by [[John Ratcliffe]] in the [[Republican]] runoff primary on May 27, 2014.<ref name="primrun">[http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2014/by_state/TX_US_House_0527.html?SITE=AP&SECTION=POLITICS ''Associated Press'', "Election Results May 27, 2014," accessed May 27, 2014]</ref>
 
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==Biography==
 
==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.<ref name="bio"/>
 
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.<ref name="bio"/>
  
On January 5, 2004, Hall switched party affiliation from Democratic to Republican.<ref>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=H000067 ''Biographical Directory of the United States Congress'' "Ralph Hall," Accessed October 21, 2011]</ref>
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On January 5, 2004, Hall switched party affiliation from Democratic to Republican.<ref>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=H000067 ''Biographical Directory of the United States Congress'', "Ralph Hall," accessed October 21, 2011]</ref>
  
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.<ref>[http://www.kmbz.com/Texas-Congressman-Ralph-Hall-Oldest-to-Ever-Serve-/15121185 ''KMBZ.com'' "Texas Congressman Ralph Hall Oldest to Ever Serve in House," December 26, 2012]</ref>
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On December 25, 2012, at the age of 89, Hall became the oldest lawmaker ever to serve in the [[United States House of Representatives|House of Representatives]]. The record was previously held by Charles Manley Stedman, a representative from [[North Carolina]]. Stedman died in 1930.<ref>[http://www.kmbz.com/Texas-Congressman-Ralph-Hall-Oldest-to-Ever-Serve-/15121185 ''KMBZ.com'', "Texas Congressman Ralph Hall Oldest to Ever Serve in House," December 26, 2012]</ref>
  
 
==Career==
 
==Career==
 
* 1950-1962: Rockwall County Judge
 
* 1950-1962: Rockwall County Judge
 
* 1962-1972: Texas State Senator
 
* 1962-1972: Texas State Senator
* 1980-present: U.S. House of Representatives (Democrat from 1980-2004, Republican from 2004-present)
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* 1980-2015: U.S. House of Representatives (Democrat from 1980-2004, Republican from 2004-2015)
  
 
==Committee assignments==
 
==Committee assignments==
 
===U.S. House===
 
===U.S. House===
 
====2013-2014====
 
====2013-2014====
Hall serves on the following committees:<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/ ''CQ.com,'' House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress]</ref>
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Hall served on the following committees:<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/ ''CQ.com,'' "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013]</ref>
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce|Committee on Energy and Commerce]]
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce|Committee on Energy and Commerce]]
 
**Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy
 
**Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy
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====2011-2012====
 
====2011-2012====
Hall was a member of the following House committees<ref name="bio"/>:
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Hall was a member of the following House committees:<ref name="bio"/>
 
* [[United States House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology|Committee on Science, Space, and Technology]] ''Chairman''
 
* [[United States House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology|Committee on Science, Space, and Technology]] ''Chairman''
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==Key votes==
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====113th Congress====
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===National security===
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====NDAA====
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{{Yea vote}} Hall voted for HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/45512#.UjdO8j9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart'', "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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====DHS Appropriations====
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{{Yea vote}} Hall voted for HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/44545#.UjdO9j9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart'', "HR 2217 - DHS Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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====CISPA (2013)====
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{{Nay vote}} Hall voted for HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill permitted federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/43791#.UjdO-j9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart'', "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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===Economy===
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====Farm bill====
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{{House Farm Bill GOP Yes|Name=Hall}}
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====2014 Budget====
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{{House Budget 2014 GOP No|Name=Hall}}
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====Government shutdown====
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:: ''See also: [[United States budget debate, 2013]]''
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{{Yea vote}}
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On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll504.xml ''Clerk of the U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref> At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. [[Harry Reid]] rejected the call to conference.<ref>[http://www.buzzfeed.com/katenocera/government-shutdown-how-we-got-here?bffb ''Buzzfeed'', "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013]</ref> Hall voted in favor of the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll504.xml ''Clerk of the U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
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{{Nay vote}} The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the [[United States Senate|Senate]]. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by [[United States Senate|Senate Democrats]] was to require income verification for [[Obamacare]] subsidies.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/house-effort-to-end-fiscal-crisis-collapses-leaving-senate-to-forge-last-minute-solution/2013/10/16/1e8bb150-364d-11e3-be86-6aeaa439845b_story_1.html ''The Washington Post'', "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref> The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from [[Republican]] members. Hall voted against HR 2775.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll550.xml ''U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
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====Federal Pay Adjustment Act====
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{{Yea vote}} Hall voted for HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill called for a stop to a 0.5 percent pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/42596#.UjdQCD9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart'', "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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===Immigration===
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====Morton Memos Prohibition====
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{{Yea vote}} Hall voted for House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.<ref>[http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d113:hamdt136: ''The Library of Congress'', "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref> The vote largely followed party lines.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/44693#.UjdQYz9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart'', "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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===Healthcare===
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====Healthcare Reform Rules====
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{{Yea vote}} Hall voted for House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/45799#.UjdQtz9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart'', "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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===Social issues===
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====Abortion====
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{{Yea vote}} Hall voted for HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill was to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/45098#.UjdRJz9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart'', "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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===Government affairs===
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====HR 676====
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{{Obama lawsuit GOP Yes|Name=Hall}}
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===Previous congressional sessions===
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====Fiscal Cliff====
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{{Nay vote}}
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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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===International Affairs===
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====Nuclear Iran Prevention Act of 2013====
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{{Yea vote}} Hall voted for the Nuclear Iran Prevention Act, HR 850 - Increases and bolsters the amount of economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran in order to prevent it from gaining nuclear weapons capability. Hall joined the 222 Republicans voting in favor the Act. The House passed the Act with overwhelming approval by a vote of 400 - 20 on July 31st, 2013.<ref>https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/113-2013/h427</ref> Representative Hall considers the actions of Iran as a threat to national and international security, especially that of our allies.<ref>http://www.thepoliticalguide.com/Profiles/House/Texas/Ralph_Hall/Views/Iran/</ref> HR 850 amended the Comprehensive ''Iran Sanctions, Accountability and Divestment Act of 2010'' through adding stricter sanction measures, such as restricting foreign assistance if it would further prevent the transfer of U.S. origin goods, services, and technology to Iran. Foreign companies would also face penalties if they were to violate any provisions of the sanctions through implementing restrictions on doing business in the United States.<ref>https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr850#summary</ref>
  
 
==Issues==
 
==Issues==
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===On The Issues Vote Match===
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[[File:s020_080.gif|right|290px|thumb|Ralph Hall's Vote Match results from ''On The Issues''.]]
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:: ''See also: [[On The Issues Vote Match]]''
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''On The Issues'' conducts a [http://www.ontheissues.org/Quiz/Quiz2012.asp?quiz=Pres2012 VoteMatch] analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Hall is a '''Hard-Core Conservative.''' Hall received a score of 16 percent on social issues and 82 percent on economic issues.<ref name="ontheissues"/>
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{{Ontheissues vote quiz|Name=Hall|Date=2014|Ref=<ref name="ontheissues">[http://House.OnTheIssues.org/TX/Ralph_Moody_Hall.htm ''On The Issues'', "Ralph Hall Vote Match," accessed June 18, 2014]</ref>
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|Abortion= Strongly Opposes
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|Hiring= Opposes
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|Marriage= Strongly Opposes
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|God= Strongly Favors
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|ObamaCare=Opposes
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|Social Security= Favors
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|School Choice= Favors
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|Animals=Favors
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|Crime= Strongly Favors
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|Guns= Strongly Favors
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|Taxes=Strongly Opposes
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|Citizenship=Opposes
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|Free Trade= Favors
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|United Nations=Strongly Favors
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|Military=Strongly Favors
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|Campaign Funds= Favors
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|Iran=Opposes
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|Energy=Strongly Opposes
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|Marijuana=Favors
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|Stimulus=Favors
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===Campaign themes===
 
===Campaign themes===
 
====2012====
 
====2012====
Hall's campaign website listed the following issues:<ref>[http://www.ralphhall.com/ImportantIssues.asp Campaign website, Issues]</ref>
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Hall's campaign website listed the following issues:<ref>[http://www.ralphhall.com/ImportantIssues.asp ''Campaign website'', "Issues," accessed August 10, 2012]</ref>
  
 
*'''Economic Policy
 
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*'''Social Security/Medicare
 
*'''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."
 
: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====
 
{{Oppose vote}}
 
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>
 
  
 
==Elections==
 
==Elections==
 
===2014===
 
===2014===
:: ''See also: [[Texas' 4th congressional district elections, 2014]]''
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:: ''See also: [[Texas' 4th Congressional District elections, 2014]]''
  
Hall announced that he will seek re-election to [[Texas' 4th congressional district]] in 2014.<ref>[http://blog.chron.com/txpotomac/2013/05/90-year-old-rep-ralph-hall-seeks-another-term-to-help-elect-the-next-republican-president/ ''Chron,'' "90-year-old Rep. Ralph Hall seeks another term to ‘help elect the next Republican president’," May 8, 2013]</ref>
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Hall lost his [[U.S. Congress elections, 2014|re-election]] bid to the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] in 2014. He and [[John Ratcliffe]] advanced past the Republican primary on March 4, 2014.<ref>[http://www.texastribune.org/2014/elections/scoreboard/ ''The Texas Tribune,'' "Primary 2014 Election Results," March 4, 2014]</ref> He was defeated by [[John Ratcliffe]] in the [[Republican]] runoff primary on May 27, 2014.<ref name="primrun"/>
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====Endorsements====
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Hall received the endorsement of third place primary finisher [[Lou Gigliotti]] in his upcoming primary runoff battle with [[John Ratcliffe]]. Gigliotti said, "If it’s not me then it’s gotta be Ralph. He’ll do a good job for another two years. I can tell you this: it was a chore to get voters in this district to vote for anyone but Ralph."
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====Polls====
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{{CongPoll
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|Title=Ralph Hall vs. John Ratcliffe
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|Poll1=[http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/201073-poll-rep-hall-trails-primary-challenger#ixzz2wM1AUHOJ Wenzel Strategies (March 12-13, 2014)]
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|Response1=Ralph Hall
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|Response2=John Ratcliffe
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|Response3=Not sure
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|Numberpolled1=436
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|Response2Poll1% = 47
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|Response3Poll1% = 17
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}}
  
 
===2012===
 
===2012===
:: ''See also: [[Texas' 4th congressional district elections, 2012]]''
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:: ''See also: [[Texas' 4th Congressional District elections, 2012]]''
  
Hall won re-election in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in Texas, 2012|Texas']] [[Texas' 4th congressional district elections, 2012|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.<ref>[http://candidates.texasgop.org/offices/united-states-representative Republican candidate list]</ref><ref>[http://enr.sos.state.tx.us/enr/results/may29_160_state.htm Unofficial Republican primary results]</ref>
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Hall won re-election in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in Texas, 2012|Texas']] [[Texas' 4th Congressional District elections, 2012|4th District]]. He defeated [[Lou Gigliotti]] and [[Steve Clark]] in the Republican primary on May 29, 2012.  He then defeated [[VaLinda Hathcox]] (D) and [[Thomas Griffing]] (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.<ref>[http://candidates.texasgop.org/offices/united-states-representative ''Texas GOP'', "Republican candidate list," accessed May 10, 2012]</ref><ref>[http://enr.sos.state.tx.us/enr/results/may29_160_state.htm ''Texas Secretary of State'', "Unofficial Republican primary results," May 29, 2012] ''([[timed out]])''</ref>
  
 
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==Campaign donors==
 
==Campaign donors==
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===Fundraising events===
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The below chart from [http://members-of-congress.findthebest.com/l/398/Ralph-M-Hall Find The Best] tracks the fundraising events Hall attends.
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===Comprehensive donor history===
 
{{Comprehensive donor history
 
{{Comprehensive donor history
 
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|Editdate=March 25, 2013
 
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|year=2000
 
|year=2000
|link=<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/elections.php?cycle=Career&cid=N00005645&type=I ''Open Secrets'' "Career Fundraising for Ralph Hall," Accessed March 25, 2013]</ref>
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|link=<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/elections.php?cycle=Career&cid=N00005645&type=I ''Open Secrets'', "Career Fundraising for Ralph Hall," accessed March 25, 2013]</ref>
 
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|totalraised2012=563641
 
|result2012=Won
 
|result2012=Won
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|office2012=US House (Texas, [[Texas' 4th Congressional District{{!}}District 4]])
 
|totalraised2010=664579
 
|totalraised2010=664579
 
|result2010=Won
 
|result2010=Won
|office2010=US House (Texas, [[Texas' 4th congressional district{{!}}District 4]])
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|office2010=US House (Texas, [[Texas' 4th Congressional District{{!}}District 4]])
 
|totalraised2008=1096578
 
|totalraised2008=1096578
 
|result2008=Won
 
|result2008=Won
|office2008=US House (Texas, [[Texas' 4th congressional district{{!}}District 4]])
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|office2008=US House (Texas, [[Texas' 4th Congressional District{{!}}District 4]])
 
|totalraised2006=907158
 
|totalraised2006=907158
 
|result2006=Won
 
|result2006=Won
|office2006=US House (Texas, [[Texas' 4th congressional district{{!}}District 4]])
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|office2006=US House (Texas, [[Texas' 4th Congressional District{{!}}District 4]])
 
|totalraised2004=1178472
 
|totalraised2004=1178472
 
|result2004=Won
 
|result2004=Won
|office2004=US House (Texas, [[Texas' 4th congressional district{{!}}District 4]])
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|office2004=US House (Texas, [[Texas' 4th Congressional District{{!}}District 4]])
 
|totalraised2002=630746
 
|totalraised2002=630746
 
|result2002=Won
 
|result2002=Won
|office2002=US House (Texas, [[Texas' 4th congressional district{{!}}District 4]])
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|office2002=US House (Texas, [[Texas' 4th Congressional District{{!}}District 4]])
 
|totalraised2000=732869
 
|totalraised2000=732869
 
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===2014===
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Candidates for Congress were required to file reports with the [[Federal Election Commission]] during the [[United States Congress elections, 2014|2014 elections season]]. Below are Hall's reports.<ref>[http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/cancomsrs/?_12+H0TX04037 ''Federal Election Commission'', "Ralph Hall Summary Report," accessed July 23, 2013]</ref>
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===2012===
 
===2012===
[[File:Ralph Hall 2012 Donor Breakdown.png|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Hall's campaign funds before the 2012 election.]]
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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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00005645&cycle=2012 ''Open Secrets'', "Ralph Hall 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 5, 2013]</ref> This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2013/06/2012-overview.html ''Open Secrets'', "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013]</ref>
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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00005645&cycle=2012 ''Open Secrets'' "Ralph Hall 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 5, 2013]</ref>
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====Cost per vote====
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Hall spent $3.27 per vote received in 2012.
  
 
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===2010===
 
===2010===
[[File:Ralph Hall 2010 Donor Breakdown.PNG|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Hall's campaign funds before the 2010 election.]]
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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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00005645&cycle=2010 ''Open Secrets'', "Ralph Hall 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 29, 2011]</ref>
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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00005645&cycle=2010 ''Open Secrets'' "Ralph Hall 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 29, 2011]</ref>
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==Personal Gain Index==
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[[File:Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png|right|200px|link=Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]
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::''See also: [[Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]''<br>
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The '''[[Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]''' is a two-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the [[United States Congress|U.S. Congress]] have prospered during their tenure as public servants. <br>
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:: ''See also: [[Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index)]] and [[Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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Based on [[Household net worth (Member of Congress)|congressional financial disclosure forms]] and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Hall's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $1,200,006 and $2,984,998. That averages to '''$2,092,502''', which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Hall ranked as the 144th most wealthy representative in 2012.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00005645&year=2012 ''OpenSecrets'', "Ralph M. Hall (R-Texas), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014]</ref> Between 2004 and 2012, Hall's calculated net worth<ref>This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).</ref> decreased by an average of 4 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.<ref>This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.</ref>
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:: ''See also: [[The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)]]''
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Filings required by the [[Federal Election Commission]] report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). Hall received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the ''Electric Utilities'' industry.
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From 1989-2014, '''27.01 percent of Hall's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.'''<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cycle=Career&type=I&cid=N00005645&newMem=N ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Rep. Ralph Hall," accessed September 23, 2014]</ref>
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:: ''See also: [[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking]]''
  
Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Hall is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|rank-and-file Republican]]" as of June 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/ralph_hall/400165 ''Gov Track'' "Ralph Hall," Accessed June 7 2013]</ref>  
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Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Hall was a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|rank-and-file Republican]]" as of July 2014. This was the same rating Hall received in June 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/ralph_hall/400165 ''GovTrack'', "Ralph Hall," accessed July 21, 2014]</ref>  
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===Like-minded colleagues===
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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.<ref>[http://www.opencongress.org/people/show/400165_Ralph_Hall ''OpenCongress'', "Ralph Hall," accessed July 18, 2014]</ref>
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===Lifetime voting record===
 
===Lifetime voting record===
 
::''See also: [[Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
::''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.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/ralph_hall/400165 ''GovTrack,'' "Ralph Hall," Accessed April 2, 2013]</ref>
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According to the website ''GovTrack,'' Hall missed 499 of 19,883 roll call votes from January 1981 to July 2014. This amounts to 2.5 percent, which is equal to the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/ralph_hall/400165 ''GovTrack'', "Ralph Hall," accessed July 21, 2014]</ref>
  
 
===Congressional staff salaries===
 
===Congressional staff salaries===
 
::''See also: [[Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
::''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.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/2801/Rep_Ralph_Hall.html ''LegiStorm'', "Ralph Hall," Accessed September 17, 2012]</ref>
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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]] ranked 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.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/2801/Rep_Ralph_Hall.html ''LegiStorm'', "Ralph Hall," accessed September 17, 2012]</ref>
 
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:: ''See also: [[Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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====2011====
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', 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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00005645&year=2011 ''OpenSecrets.org'' "Ralph M. Hall (R-Texas), 2011," accessed February 25, 2013]</ref>
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', 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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00005645&year=2010 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Ralph M. Hall (R-Texas), 2010," Accessed September 17, 2012]</ref>
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===National Journal vote ratings===
 
===National Journal vote ratings===
 
:: ''See also: [[National Journal vote ratings]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[National Journal vote ratings]]''
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====2013====
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Hall ranked 52nd in the conservative rankings in 2013.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2013-vote-ratings ''National Journal'', "2013 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed July 18, 2014]</ref>
  
 
====2012====
 
====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.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings ''National Journal,'' "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013]</ref>
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Hall ranked 119th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings ''National Journal'', "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013]</ref>
  
 
====2011====
 
====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.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal,'' "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal'', "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012]</ref>
  
 
===Voting with party===
 
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==Personal==
 
==Personal==
Hall and his late wife, Mary Ellen, had three children and five grandchildren.<ref name="bio">[http://ralphhall.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=2&sectiontree=2 ''Official House website'' "Biography," Accessed October 21, 2011]</ref>
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Hall and his late wife, Mary Ellen, had three children and five grandchildren.<ref name="bio">[https://web.archive.org/web/2/http://ralphhall.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=2&sectiontree=2 ''Official House website'', "Biography," accessed October 21, 2011]</ref>
  
 
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Ralph Hall
Ralph Hall.jpg
U.S. House, Texas, District 4
Former representative
In office
1981-2015
PartyRepublican
PredecessorRay Roberts (D)
Elections and appointments
Last electionMay 27, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 1980
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Texas State Senate
1962-1972
Rockwall County Judge
1950-1962
Education
High schoolRockwall High School, Rockwall, TX
Bachelor'sSouthern Methodist University
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Navy
Years of service1942-1945
Personal
Date of birthMay 3, 1923
Place of birthFate, TX
Net worth(2012) $2,092,502
Ralph Hall (b. May 3, 1923, in Fate, TX) is a former Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Texas. Hall served Texas' 4th Congressional District from 1981 to 2015.

Hall lost his bid for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He announced going into the primary election that it would be his last re-election bid.[1] He was defeated by John Ratcliffe in the Republican runoff primary on May 27, 2014.[2]

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.[3]

On January 5, 2004, Hall switched party affiliation from Democratic to Republican.[4]

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.[5]

Career

  • 1950-1962: Rockwall County Judge
  • 1962-1972: Texas State Senator
  • 1980-2015: U.S. House of Representatives (Democrat from 1980-2004, Republican from 2004-2015)

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Hall served on the following committees:[6]

2011-2012

Hall was a member of the following House committees:[3]

Key votes

113th Congress

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The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[7] For more information pertaining to Hall's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security

NDAA

Yea3.png Hall voted for HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[9]

DHS Appropriations

Yea3.png Hall voted for HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.[10]

CISPA (2013)

Nay3.png Hall voted for HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill permitted federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[11]

Economy

Farm bill

Yea3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[12] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[13][14] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[14] Hall voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Nay3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[15][16] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[16] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[17] It included a 1 percent increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Hall joined with the 63 other Republicans and 3 Democrats who voted against the bill.[15][16]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.png On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[18] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[19] Hall voted in favor of the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[20]

Nay3.png The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[21] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Hall voted against HR 2775.[22]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Yea3.png Hall voted for HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill called for a stop to a 0.5 percent pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.[23]

Immigration


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Morton Memos Prohibition

Yea3.png Hall voted for House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[24] The vote largely followed party lines.[25]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Yea3.png Hall voted for House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[26]

Social issues

Abortion

Yea3.png Hall voted for HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill was to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[27]

Government affairs

HR 676

See also: Boehner's lawsuit against the Obama administration

Yea3.png On July 30, 2014, the U.S. House approved a resolution 225 to 201 to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority. Five RepublicansThomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Broun of Georgia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas—voted with Democrats against the lawsuit.[28] Hall joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[29][30]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Nay3.png 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.[31]

International Affairs

Nuclear Iran Prevention Act of 2013

Yea3.png Hall voted for the Nuclear Iran Prevention Act, HR 850 - Increases and bolsters the amount of economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran in order to prevent it from gaining nuclear weapons capability. Hall joined the 222 Republicans voting in favor the Act. The House passed the Act with overwhelming approval by a vote of 400 - 20 on July 31st, 2013.[32] Representative Hall considers the actions of Iran as a threat to national and international security, especially that of our allies.[33] HR 850 amended the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability and Divestment Act of 2010 through adding stricter sanction measures, such as restricting foreign assistance if it would further prevent the transfer of U.S. origin goods, services, and technology to Iran. Foreign companies would also face penalties if they were to violate any provisions of the sanctions through implementing restrictions on doing business in the United States.[34]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Ralph Hall's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Hall is a Hard-Core Conservative. Hall received a score of 16 percent on social issues and 82 percent on economic issues.[35]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[36]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Opposes Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Favors Keep God in the public sphere Strongly Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Strongly Favors
Support & expand free trade Favors Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Strongly Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Favors Stay out of Iran Opposes
Privatize Social Security Favors Never legalize marijuana Favors
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[35] If you notice the rating has changed, email us.

Campaign themes

2012

Hall's campaign website listed the following issues:[37]

  • 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."

Elections

2014

See also: Texas' 4th Congressional District elections, 2014

Hall lost his re-election bid to the U.S. House in 2014. He and John Ratcliffe advanced past the Republican primary on March 4, 2014.[38] He was defeated by John Ratcliffe in the Republican runoff primary on May 27, 2014.[2]

U.S. House, Texas District 4 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRalph Hall Incumbent 45.4% 29,848
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Ratcliffe 28.8% 18,917
Lou Gigliotti 16.1% 10,601
John Stacy 4.3% 2,812
Brent Lawson 3.5% 2,290
Tony Arterburn 1.9% 1,252
Total Votes 65,720
Source: Texas Secretary of State
U.S. House, Texas District 4 Runoff Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Ratcliffe 52.8% 22,271
Ralph Hall Incumbent 47.2% 19,899
Total Votes 42,170
Source: Texas Secretary of State Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Endorsements

Hall received the endorsement of third place primary finisher Lou Gigliotti in his upcoming primary runoff battle with John Ratcliffe. Gigliotti said, "If it’s not me then it’s gotta be Ralph. He’ll do a good job for another two years. I can tell you this: it was a chore to get voters in this district to vote for anyone but Ralph."

Polls

Ralph Hall vs. John Ratcliffe
Poll Ralph Hall John RatcliffeNot sureSample Size
Wenzel Strategies (March 12-13, 2014)
35%47%17%436
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

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 Republican primary on May 29, 2012. He then defeated VaLinda Hathcox (D) and Thomas Griffing (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[39][40]

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

Fundraising events

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Hall attends.


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


Comprehensive donor history

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.[57]

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


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

2014

Candidates for Congress were required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Hall's reports.[58]

2012

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.[65] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[66]

Cost per vote

Hall spent $3.27 per vote received in 2012.


2010

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.[67]


Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a two-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of two different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Hall's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $1,200,006 and $2,984,998. That averages to $2,092,502, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Hall ranked as the 144th most wealthy representative in 2012.[68] Between 2004 and 2012, Hall's calculated net worth[69] decreased by an average of 4 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[70]

Ralph Hall Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2004$3,076,248
2012$2,092,502
Growth from 2004 to 2012:-32%
Average annual growth:-4%[71]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[72]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

PGI: Donation Concentration Metric

See also: The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)

Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by OpenSecrets.org, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). Hall received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Electric Utilities industry.

From 1989-2014, 27.01 percent of Hall's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[73]

Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png
Ralph Hall Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $9,947,194
Total Spent $9,809,912
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Electric Utilities$693,195
Health Professionals$653,710
Oil & Gas$653,434
Lawyers/Law Firms$410,193
Leadership PACs$275,918
% total in top industry6.97%
% total in top two industries13.54%
% total in top five industries27.01%

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Hall was a "rank-and-file Republican" as of July 2014. This was the same rating Hall received in June 2013.[74]

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.[75]

Hall most often voted with:

Hall least often voted with:


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Hall missed 499 of 19,883 roll call votes from January 1981 to July 2014. This amounts to 2.5 percent, which is equal to the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.[76]

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 ranked 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.[77]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.

2013

Hall ranked 52nd in the conservative rankings in 2013.[78]

2012

Hall ranked 119th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[79]

2011

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.[80]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.

2014

Hall voted with the Republican Party 94.3 percent of the time, which ranked 115th among the 234 House Republican members as of July 2014.[81]

2013

Hall voted with the Republican Party 98.2 percent of the time, which ranked 34th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[82]

Personal

Hall and his late wife, Mary Ellen, had three children and five grandchildren.[3]

Recent news

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ray Roberts
U.S. House of Representatives - Texas, 4th District
1981-2015
Succeeded by
John Ratcliffe