Record and controversies
For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal
Indian Point Energy Center (IPEC) is a three-unit nuclear power plant station located on the east bank of the Hudson River, about twenty-four miles north of New York City (within Hall’s district). During Hall’s 2006 campaign for Congress, he released a 34-page plan for a national Sustainable Energy Center to replace the nuclear plant at Indian Point. He stated, “I have called for the closure of Indian Point on many occasions, and now, with undetermined amounts of radioactive water leaking from the plant, it may be more appropriate than ever to shut it down. But opposition to nuclear power also carries with it the corollary of supporting sustainable energy.”  (Read Rep. Hall’s full proposal)
Several weeks into Hall’s first term, several blogs (the Congressman John Hall Blog and the Green Nuclear Butterfly Blog) criticized Hall for his inaction relating to the nuclear plant. At the time, he had not introduced any legislation pertaining to the matter. During the 109th Congress, before Hall was elected to Congress, Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-N.Y.) introduced a bill in the House, “to require the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to conduct an independent safety assessment of the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant.” Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) introduced a Senate version. Neither, however, made it to the floor for a vote.  
On March 21, 2007, the House considered a bill, Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2007, sponsored by Rep. Hall to raise compensation rates for veterans with service-connected disabilities, as well as the rates determining dependency and indemnity compensation for survivors of some disabled veterans. Clothing allowance increases would also be included. The scope of the rate increases were not specified in the bill; rather, it authorized the Department of Veterans Affairs to institute and publish the enhanced rate increases in the near future. The bill passed 418-0.
- Main article: U.S. veterans and soldiers legislation
Hall was born on July 23, 1948 in Baltimore, Maryland. He was a student at Notre Dame University when he quit to pursue a career in music. Songwriting and session time with such artists as Janis Joplin, Seals & Crofts and Bonnie Raitt preceded his founding of Orleans in January 1972 in Ulster County, New York with Wells Kelly and Larry Hoppen. 
In 1977, Hall left the band to begin a solo career and became active in the anti-nuclear movement, co-founding Musicians United for Safe Energy. Another group, the John Hall Band, released two solo albums, but disbanded after limited chart success. Hall spent the next few decades writing songs for other artists and reunited with Orleans in 1990, 1996, and 2000. In 2005 he released the album, Rock Me on the Water. 
In late October 2004, Hall publicly commented that the presidential campaign of George W. Bush never received permission to use the Orleans song "Still the One" at campaign events. The campaign responded by dropping the song from their playlist.
In 1989, Hall was elected to the Ulster County Legislature. In the late nineties, after three successive school budgets were rejected by the voters, John ran for, and was elected twice to, the Saugerties Board of Education. His fellow trustees elected him president, and budgets were passed each year of Hall's tenure.
Hall ran in the September 2006 primary race as Democrat in New York. He won the primary, with a commanding 48% in a 4-way race, and faced incumbent Rep. Sue Kelly (R-N.Y.) in the general election. Hall's platform favored universal healthcare, intensive alternative energy initiatives, and complete funding of No Child Left Behind. 
Money in politics
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- Revolving door profile for John Hall from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
- 2006 privately funded travel profile for John Hall from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
- Personal finance profile for John Hall from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
Committees and affiliations
- House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
- Subcommittee on Aviation
- Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment
- House Committee on Veterans' Affairs
- Subcommitee on Economic Opportunity
- Subcommitee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs, Chair
- House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming
More background data
Orange County Gov’t Center
255 Main St., Room 3232G
Goshen, NY 10924
Phone: (845) 291-4100
Fax: (845) 291-4164
40 Gleneida Avenue, 3rd Floor
Carmel, New York 10512
Phone: 845-225-3641 ext. 371
Articles and resources
- Congressman John Hall, official site.
- John Hall's Full Indian Point Proposal
- THOMAS page on H.R. 994 (Rep. Hall's Indian Point bill)
- THOMAS page on H.R. 1284 (Rep. Hall's bill on veterans' rate of compensation)
- THOMAS page on S.2488 (Sen. Clinton's Indian Point bill)
- THOMAS page on H.R. 4891 (Rep. Hinchey's Indian Point bill)
Local blogs and discussion sites
- Elana Schor, "It’s Hillary versus Rudy: The overture," The Hill, December 13, 2006.
|Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives|
Ranking Member On:
House Committee on Veterans' Affairs/Subcommitee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs
Ranking Member On:
|Committees: House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure/Subcommittee on Aviation, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure/Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs/Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs/Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity|
|First Elected to Current Office:
November 7, 2006
|First Took Current Office:
January 4, 2007
November 2, 2010
|Previous Political Work?
Saugerties Board of Education
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Date of Birth: July 23, 1948