Ralph Hall

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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
Cost per vote$3.27 in 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$2,092,502
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 in 2012. He defeated VaLinda Hathcox (D) and Thomas Griffing (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Hall is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He announced that this will be his last re-election bid.[2]

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.[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-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:[6]

2011-2012

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

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[7] For more information pertaining to Hall's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security

NDAA

Voted "Yes" 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

Voted "Yes" Hall voted for HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security 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)

Voted "No" 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 would allow 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% 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

Voted "Yes" 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]

Voted "No" The shutdown finally 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 funds 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

Voted "Yes" 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 would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.[23]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" 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

Voted "Yes" 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

Voted "Yes" 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 is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[27]

Previous congressional sessions

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.[28]

Campaign themes

2012

Hall's campaign website listed the following issues:[29]

  • 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 is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He and John Ratcliffe advanced past the Republican primary on March 4, 2014. They will face off in the runoff election on May 27, 2014.[30] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

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

Endorsements

Hall received the endorsement of 3rd 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 in this race. 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.[31][32]

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.[49]

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.[50]

Ralph Hall (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[51]April 15, 2013$48,967.06$35,000.00$(68,224.78)$15,742.28
July Quarterly[52]July 14, 2013$15,742.28$129,736.09$(42,239.26)$103,239.11
October Quarterly[53]October 13, 2013$103,239.11$43,429.34$(38,689.36)$107,979.09
Year-End[54]January 29, 2014$107,979$62,050$(58,581)$111,447
Pre-Primary[55]February 20, 2014$111,447$117,588$(89,336)$139,699
April Quarterly[56]April 14, 2014$139,699$213,375$(176,104)$176,969
Running totals
$601,178.43$(473,174.4)

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.[57] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[58]

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.[59]

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.[60]

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.[61]

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.[62]

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.[63]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

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.[64]

Ralph Hall Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net Worth% Difference from previous year
2012$2,092,50221.83%
2011$1,717,50249.35%
2010$1,150,003N/A

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.[65]

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.[66]

Voting with party

2013

Hall voted with the Republican Party 98.2% of the time, which ranked 34th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[67]

Personal

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

Recent news

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References

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