Ralph Hall

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Ralph Hall currently serves the 4th Congressional district of Texas

Ralph Moody Hall, a Republican, has represented the Fourth Congressional District of Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1980. (map)


Record and controversies

General information about important bills and votes for can be found in Congresspedia's articles on legislation. You can add information you find on how Ralph Hall voted by clicking the "[edit]" link to the right and typing it in. Remember to cite your sources!

Iraq War

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Hall voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Oil

Ralph Hall has voted in favor of big oil companies on 82% of important oil-related bills from 2005-2007, according to Oil Change International. These bills include Iraq war funding, climate change studies, clean energy, and emissions.[2] See below for oil money in politics.


Abramoff-sex worker slander accusations

During the 2006 election cycle, Hall's opponent brought forth charges that Hall had slandered an underage sex-crime victim at the behest of disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. In 1997, Hall made a statement to the Congressional Record calling into question the story of a 15 year old Filipino girl who had been kept as a quasi-sex slave at a gentleman's club in the Northern Marianas Islands. At the time, Congress was considering new legislation governing labor standards in that territory and its government had hired Abramoff to spearhead their campaign against any such new laws. [1]

Bio

Background

Hall was born May 3, 1923. A lifelong resident of Rockwall County, Texas near Dallas, Hall served as a carrier pilot in the Navy during w:World War II. He attended Texas Christian University and the University of Texas, and received a law degree from Southern Methodist University. He was elected county judge (chief executive) of Rockwall County in 1950 and served until 1962, when he was elected to the Texas State Senate and served two terms. He then entered private business until 1980, when he was elected to Congress in the closest race in the district's history, winning by only 4 points. However, he has never faced another election nearly that close. He has been reelected 12 times without serious opposition, never dropping below 55 percent of the vote.

Congressional career

Hall is only the fourth person to represent the 4th District since its creation in 1903. The district's second congressman, longtime Speaker Sam Rayburn, had represented the district for 48 years. Hall's predecessor, Ray Roberts (for whom Lake Ray Roberts in Texas is named),served for 19 years.

Hall was originally elected as a Democrat. However, he described himself as "an old-time conservative Democrat". He was an early supporter of a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced federal budget and also favored legislation requiring a super-majority on any tax increases. He frequently clashed with the Clinton administration, and voted for three of the four articles of impeachment against Clinton. He endorsed George W. Bush for president in 2000; the two have been friends for many years.

Party Switch

He was frequently rumored as a party switcher, especially after the Republicans took control of the House in 1995. However, Hall insisted he would remain a Democrat so long as it did not hurt his constituents, feeling he had an obligation to "pull my party back toward the middle." He was one of the co-founders of the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of moderate and conservative Democrats. However, the district, which had once been reliably Democratic, became increasingly Republican as Dallas' suburban growth reached into much of the district (the 4th has not supported a Democrat for president since 1964). In much of the district, Hall was the only elected Democrat above the county level. It was virtually assumed that once Hall retired, the Republican Party would gain this seat.

In 2004, before he changed parties, Hall was spared the Texas Congressional re-districting that most Democrats were faced with. [2]

Hall finally switched parties in 2004, citing concerns for his district after House Appropriations Committee vice-chairman Ralph Regula of Ohio announced that no congressional districts represented by Democrats would receive funding if they voted against his appropriations bill [3] [4]. Hall also cited concerns with the Democrats' criticism of President Bush; he said did not agree with "all these guys running against the president."[5] He was allowed to keep his seniority within the House and became chairman of the House Energy Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality. Later that year, he ran for his first full term as a Republican and won with 68 percent of the vote.

2006 elections

In 2006, the Republicans nominated Glenn Melancon to face Hall in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [6] Hall retained his seat.

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. <crpcontribdata>cid=N00005645&cycle=2006</crpcontribdata>

Links to more campaign contribution information for Ralph Hall
from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org site.
Fundraising profile: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2006 election cycle Career totals

Oil Money in Politics

Ralph Hall has received $78,199 in oil contributions during the 110th congress. $53,999 of those dollars were from industry PACS. In total, Hall has accepted $307,930 from oil companies between 2000 and 2008, which makes him one of the largest recipients of oil money.[3] See above for oil and energy voting record.

Committees and Affiliations

Committees

  • House Committee on Energy and Commerce
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection
    • Subcommittee on Health
  • House Committee on Science and Technology, Ranking Member
    • Subcommittee on Environment and Energy
    • Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight
    • Subcommittee on Research and Science Education
    • Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics
    • Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Ralph Hall. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.

Contact

DC Office:
2405 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-4304
Phone: 202-225-6673
Fax: 202-225-3332
Web Email
Website

District Office - McKinney:
Collin County Courts Facility
1800 North Graves Sreet, Suite 101
McKinney, TX 75069-3322
Phone: 214-726-9949
Fax: 214-726-9363

District Office - New Boston:
Bowie County Courthouse
710 James Bowie Drive
New Boston, TX 75570-2328
Phone: 903-628-8309
Fax: 903-628-8320

District Office - Rockwall:
104 North San Jacinto Street
Rockwall, TX 75087-2508
Phone: 972-771-9118
Fax: 972-722-0907

District Office - Sherman:
101 East Pecan Street
Sherman, TX 75090-5989
Phone: 903-892-1112
Fax: 903-868-0264

District Office - Sulphur Springs:
United States Post Office
320 Church Street, Suite 132
Sulphur Springs, TX 75482-2606
Phone: 903-885-8138
Fax: 903-439-0874

District Office - Texarkana:
4303 Texas Boulevard, Suite 2
Texarkana, TX 75503-3094
Phone: 903-794-4445
Fax: 903-794-5577

District Office - Tyler:
Federal Building
211 West Ferguson Street, Suite 211
Tyler, TX 75702-7222
Phone: 903-597-3729
Fax: 903-597-0726

Campaign Office
1500 Sunset Hill Drive
Rockwall, TX 75087
Phone: 972-771-4255

Articles and resources

References

  1. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
  2. Vote Tracker, Oil Change International.
  3. See "Follow the Oil Money," "Follow the Coal Money," and vote tracker from Oil Change International and Appalachian Voices.

Resources

Articles

Local blogs and discussion sites

Corresponding article on Wikipedia and Cause Caller. (If Cause Caller link does not work, pick from its list of senators and representatives.)

Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
111th Congress
Leadership Position:
Committees Chaired:
House Committee on Science and Technology
Committees,
Ranking Member On:

Caucuses:
Committees:
110th Congress
Leadership Position:
None
Committees Chaired:
Committees,
Ranking Member On:

House Committee on Science and Technology
Caucuses:
Committees: House Committee on Energy and Commerce, House Committee on Energy and Commerce/Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality, House Committee on Energy and Commerce/Subcommittee on Health, House Committee on Science and Technology
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 4, 1980
First Took Current Office:
January 3, 1981
Next Election:
November 2, 2010
Term Ends:
Freshman Member?
No
Previous Political Work?
Texas Senate
Other Party Membership:
District Offices:
1. Collin County Courts Facility, 1800 North Graves Sreet, Suite 101, McKinney, TX 75069-3322
Phone: 214-726-9949 / Fax: 214-726-9363
2. Bowie County Courthouse, 710 James Bowie Drive, New Boston, TX 75570-2328
Phone: 903-628-8309 / Fax: 903-628-8320
3. 104 North San Jacinto Street, Rockwall, TX 75087-2508
Phone: 972-771-9118 / Fax: 972-722-0907
4. 101 East Pecan Street, Sherman, TX 75090-5989
Phone: 903-892-1112 / Fax: 903-868-0264
5. United States Post Office, 320 Church Street, Suite 132, Sulphur Springs, TX 75482-2606
Phone: 903-885-8138 / Fax: 903-439-0874
6. 4303 Texas Boulevard, Suite 2, Texarkana, TX 75503-3094
Phone: 903-794-4445 / Fax: 903-794-5577
7. Federal Building, 211 West Ferguson Street, Suite 211, Tyler, TX 75702-7222
Phone: 903-597-3729 / Fax: 903-597-0726


Campaign Contact:

Website:
Webform Email: / Email:

Campaign Offices:

1. 1500 Sunset Hill Drive, Rockwall, TX 75087
Phone: 972-771-4255 / Fax:



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Misc:

Date of Birth: May 3, 1923