• Mr. Speaker, there is no one like Texas Congressman Ralph Hall.
  • Congressman Ralph Hall is the oldest serving member of Congress, the oldest person to ever serve in the House of Representatives, the oldest person ever elected to a House term and the oldest House member ever to a cast a vote. Mr. Hall is also the last remaining Congressman who served our nation during World War II.
  • And for all of these accomplishments, I would like to thank and congratulate Ralph one more time for his service to the country and his leadership in the Texas Congressional Delegation.
  • Born in Fate, Texas on May 3, 1923, Hall did not know of his successful future which was ahead of him. At the age of 19, Hall enrolled into the U.S. Navy where he served as a lieutenant and combat aircraft carrier pilot from 1942 to 1945 during World War II.
  • After serving for three years, Hall then went on to finish college and received his LL.B. from Southern Methodist University in 1951. He was admitted to the Texas Bar, and practiced law in Rockwall.
  • Mr. Hall also participated in the business side of Rockwall where he took part in serving as President/CEO of Texas Aluminum Corp., General Counsel of Texas Extrusion Co., Chairman of Lakeside News, Inc., and was a founding member of Lakeside National Bank in Rockwall where he currently serves as Chairman of the Board.
  • Ralph had the calling to serve Texas in the political arena in Texas politics, a combat sport. So he began his public service from 1950 to 1962 when he served as County Judge of Rockwall County, Texas. Mr. Hall also served as President of the State Judges and Commissioners Association in 1958-1959.
  • From 1962 to 1972, Mr. Hall was elected and served as a Texas State Senator where he served as President Pro Tempore in 1968-1969.
  • Congressman Ralph Hall was first elected to serve the 4th District of Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1980 and has been re-elected to each succeeding Congress.
  • On November 27, 2012, Congressman Hall became the oldest member in the U.S. House of Representatives to ever cast a vote. The following month, on December 25, 2012, he became the oldest-serving Member of the U.S. House of Representatives in recorded history.
  • Congressman Hall always ensured to serve his people and made sure their voice was heard on different issues throughout Congress.
  • A noteworthy quote Mr. Hall often said was ``I'd rather be respected at home than liked in Washington.'' Ralph is a hardcore Texan with the unique knowledge of understanding all people from the rich and famous to the infamous and downtrodden.
  • He was a proud conservative democrat and personally knew the likes of LBJ, Speaker Sam Rayburn, Muhammad Ali, baseball great Mickey Mantle, war veteran Audie Murphy, Senator John F. Kennedy, Ted Williams, President Ronald Reagan, Texas Governor John Connally, Texas Governor William ``Bill'' P. Clements, Jr., Texas Governor Ann Richards, Texas Governor Rick Perry, Curtis Cokes, General Tommy Franks, Lieutenant General Tom Stafford, astronauts Gene Cernan, Buzz Aldrin, Neal Armstrong, U.S. Representative Ray Roberts, U.S. Senator Phil Gramm, famous aviator Claire Chennault, President George H.W. Bush, President George W. Bush, U.S. Senator John Cornyn, U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, U.S. Senator Lloyd Bentsen, T. Boone Pickens, H. Ross Perot, Red Adair, Bo Derek, Chuck Norris, Ted Williams, Tom Hanks and The Ink Spots.
  • He works well with both Republicans and Democrats, but he ``got religion,'' in 2004, and became a Republican. Never forgetting his Democrat roots, he commented, ``Being a Democrat was more fun.''
  • Ralph Hall always has a story and a new, but often used joke. He runs 2 miles a day and certainly symbolizes the best of the Greatest Generation.
  • Ralph Hall's service and leadership has shaped him into an important role model that members of the Texas Delegation in Congress, on both sides of the aisle admire. His dedication and love for his public service illustrates how success is attainable when mixed with hard work and determination, along with a love of America and of course, Texas.
  • And that's just the way it is.