At a Glance
- Career History: Texas senator (1962-1972); president/CEO Texas Aluminum Corporation (1967-1968; special counsel, Texas Extrusion Company (1970-1974); attorney (1951-1980)
- Birthday: May 3, 1923
- Hometown: Rockwall, Texas
- Alma Mater: LL.B.-Southern Methodist University (1951)
- Spouse: Mary Ellen (deceased)
- Religion: Methodist
- Committees: Chairman, House Science and Technology Committee (since January 2011)
- DC Office: 2405 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515-0001, Phone: 202-225-6673
- District Offices: McKinney: Collin County Courts Facility, 1800 N. Graves St., Ste 101, McKinney, Texas 75069-3322, Phone: 214-726-9949;New Boston: Bowie County Courthouse, 710 James Bowie Dr., New Boston, Texas 75570-2328, Phone: 903-628-8309;Sherman: 101 E. Pecan St., Sherman, Texas 75090-5989, Phone: 903-892-1112;Sulphur Springs: U.S. Post Office, 320 Church St., Ste. 132, Sulphur Springs, Texas 75482-2606, Phone: 903-885-8138;Texarkana: 4303 Texas Blvd., Ste. 2, Texarkana, Texas, 75503-3094, Phone: 903-794-4445; Rockwall: 104 N. San Jacinto St., Rockwall, Texas 75087-2508, Phone: 972-771-9118
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Path to Power
Hall is a lifelong resident of Rockwall County in Northeast Texas, where he was born in 1923. Hall was working with his father helping build a pipeline in Alabama when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. He joined the Navy in 1942, serving as an aircraft carrier pilot through World War II.
Hall went to college using the GI Bill at the insistence of his wife, Mary Ellen. After getting his law degree from Southern Methodist University in 1951, Hall began a private law practice that he ran through 1980. He also served as the county judge of Rockwall County from 1950 to 1962. He then joined the Texas Senate in 1962, replacing state Sen. Ray Roberts (D) who won a special election to join Congress. Hall held that position through 1972.
Hall voted with Republicans 93.5 percent of the time during the 110th Congress. Despite more than two decades as a House Democrat, Hall has a lifetime rating of 83 according to the American Conservative Union.
Though Hall says long-term American energy independence would depend on weaning demand for oil, he has advocated opening up offshore drilling for oil and natural gas. Hall voted against the Energy and Security Act signed by President Bush in 2007, claiming the bill unfairly raised taxes on domestic oil and gas producers while failing to expand alternative energy research or fossil fuel production.
Hall said his 2004 party switch stemmed from his close ties with the Bush family.
In 2000, Hall was mentioned as one of "four to five" Democratic congressmen considered for a Bush Cabinet position after supporting the fellow Texan in the presidential campaign against Al Gore.