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Ralph Moody Hall (R)
Date Of Birth & Birthplace: 5/3/1923 (Fate, TX)
Race: White
Religion: Methodist
Residence: Rockwall, TX
Education: Undergraduate degree from Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX; Undergraduate degree from University of Texas, Austin, TX; Graduate degree in law from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
Occupation: Attorney
Office Type: U.S. House -- Texas District 4 

       
Quarterly Campaign Finance Information

Cash on Hand:
$115,932

Total Receipts:
$761,231

Total Disbursements:
$692,823

Date of Last Report:
6/30/2004

Biography:

Ralph M. Hall was born in Fate, Texas, and lives in Rockwall, Texas. He graduated from Rockwall High School in 1941, and studied at Texas Christian University and the University of Texas. He earned a law degree at Southern Methodist University in 1951.

Hall served in the Navy as an aircraft carrier pilot in World War II, then returned to practice law in Rockwall County. Hall was Rockwall County judge, 1950-62, then was elected to the Texas Senate in 1963 and served until 1973.

He was elected to the U.S. House in 1980.

Hall's business ventures include president/CEO of Texas Aluminum Corp. (1967-8), and general counsel of Texas Extrusion Co., Inc.

He was founding member and chairman of Lakeside National Bank of Rockwall, and was chairman of the directors of Lakeside News, Inc.

He was a counsel for the aircraft parts maker Howmet Corporation from 1970-74.

Hall serves as the unpaid chairman, president or director of Crowley Holding Co., Bank of Crowley, Lakeside National Bank, Lakeside Bancshares Inc., North & East Trading Co., and Linrock Inc.

Hall and his wife, Mary Ellen, have three children.


Past Campaigns:

Ralph Hall was first elected to the U.S. House in 1980, with 52 percent of the vote, defeating Republican John Wright, a business manager, for the seat vacated by retiring Democratic Rep. Ray Roberts.

He has been re-elected every two years since then. In 1988, he defeated Republican Randy J. Sutton with 67 percent of the vote.

He faced no Republican opposition in 1990. He won re-election in 1992 with 60 percent of the vote, defeating Republican David Bridges. He defeated Bridges again in 1994 with 59 percent of the vote.

In 1996, he defeated Republican Jerry Hall with 34 percent of the vote. Hall was re-elected in 1998, defeating Republican Jim Lohmeyer with 58 percent of the vote. He was re-elected in 2000 with 60 percent of the vote.

He was re-elected in 2002 with 58 percent of the vote, over John Graves.

He filed as a Democrat initially for the 2004 races, but when a federal court upheld redrawn congressional districts, Hall switched parties and filed under the new lines as a Republican.

He won a three-way GOP primary with 78 percent of the vote against Mike Murphy, 12 percent and Mike Mosher, 10 percent.

Hall served in the Texas Senate from 1963 to 1973.


Web site: http://www.house.gov/ralphhall
Email address: rmhall@mail.house.gov



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