Rockwall's Ralph Hall, the Oldest-Ever Member of Congress, Says Next Term Will Be His Last

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There's no guarantee that U.S. Congressman Ralph Hall, who has represented Rockwall and Northeast Texas in Washington for so long that they named a lake after him, will survive next year's Republican primary. For the first time in years, he's facing a formidable challenger in former U.S. Attorney John Ratcliffe.

Hall, who turns 91 in May and is the oldest-ever member of Congress, is undaunted. "I'll outwork him," Hall told The Dallas Morning News. "I'll talk to a lot more people than he's gonna talk to."

Despite this bravado, however, Hall is uncharacteristically making one large concession to his heretofore unacknowledged mortality. According to the Rockwall Herald-Banner, he announced last week that this will be his final bid for public office.

See also: Rep. Ralph Hall of Rockwall Defeats Super PAC, Tea Party, Old Age and the Sky

On the one hand, we're disappointed to see Hall surrender to the naysaying ageists out there after what at the end of another term would be a mere 36 years in Congress. On the other, his efforts to prove he remains in full control of his faculties, by riding an elephant, skydiving, and mistakenly wandering into a gay-rights soiree, have become increasingly desperate.

We fear that another Congressional run would prompt him to demonstrate his vigor by swimming across Lake Ray Hubbard (potentially tragic) and siring offspring with young Northeast Texas woman (too gross to imagine). On balance, this seems like the right call.

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DjonBrown
DjonBrown

Old farts hurt the system pretty bad too

AdamsonScott
AdamsonScott

"Hall, who turns 91 in May and is the oldest-ever member of Congress,"

Wrong.  Strom Thurmond was the oldest-ever member of Congress, because the term "Congress" refers to *both* houses of the legislative branch - the House of Representatives and the Senate.  He's the oldest ever U.S. Representative.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

Whoever replaces him couldn't be any worse, and considering the brain trust we have in our Senate delegation, won't look that bad anyway.

dingo
dingo

If you are going to mess with Northeast Texas women then you better watch out for Spider John the Robber Man.


TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

Once you've got a lake and a road named for you, it's time to let someone else give it a go.

Bye, Ralph.

JFPO
JFPO

It can always be worse. I would like to hear more from the clown running against him who thinks he's "too liberal."

DjonBrown
DjonBrown

the guy with the 2 inch weiner?

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

@TheCredibleHulkNot yet. Still waiting on the Ralph Hall Memorial Toilets at the rest stop out there on I-30.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

@JFPOIf he's any worse then Rafael I guess we're doomed.

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