Legislative highlights for oldest US congressman

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

ROCKWALL, Texas (AP) - Ralph Hall, at 91 the oldest-ever member of the U.S. House, will leave Capitol Hill in December, after former U.S. Attorney John Radcliffe defeated him Tuesday to win the GOP's nomination for Texas' 4th Congressional District. Here are some notable events from Hall's 34 years in the U.S. House.

1980 - Elected to U.S. House. Hall came to Congress the following year a Democrat, but joined with a number of party conservatives in siding with President Ronald Reagan on key budget issues, favoring efforts to reduce federal spending.

1992 - Like many Democrats, voted against the ultimately successful North American Free Trade Agreement.

1998 - Voted in favor of some of the articles of impeachment against Democrat Bill Clinton.

2001 - Introduced the Social Security Preservation Act, which would prevent the federal government from using Social Security surpluses for anything besides the fund's preservation. The measure has never passed, but remains a pet issue for Libertarian Republicans and has been re-introduced frequently.

2002 - Supported resolution allowing America's use of force in Iraq.

2003 - Voted "present" rather than supporting Rep. Nancy Pelosi in her bid for minority leader. Two months later, Hall voted for a budget that included President George W. Bush's massive tax-cut plan.

2004 - Switched to the Republican Party after the Texas Legislature redrew his district and made it more conservative. With support from his longtime friend, President George W. Bush, Hall won 78 percent of the vote in the three-way primary.

2009 - Voted against the federal bailout of the financial industry and the economic stimulus package.

2010 - Voted against President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

2014 - Loses GOP runoff to former U.S. Attorney John Ratcliffe, preventing what Hall said would have been his last term in Congress.

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