Hall’s chief of staff, Janet Perry Poppleton, said of her boss, who turns 90 in May, “He says the good Lord gives him stamina. He takes care of himself, exercises. He has a full agenda every day.”

The ex-Democratic congressman, who switched political parties in 2004, is also the oldest person to be elected to a House term. 

“I’m not what I used to be, and I’m more than I used to be somewhat,” says Hall.

The 16-term lawmaker adds, “I have my grandchildren. Those are the ones that I think about as we pass legislation. It’s a pleasure to be here.”