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.