Hall, 89, beat out Rep. Charles Manly Stedman (D-N.C.), the previous record holder, who was 89 years, 7 months and 25 days old in Sept. 1930 when he died.


Hall was elected to his 17th term in Congress in November. Hall recently said he might even run for reelection again.

"I’m just an old guy — lived pretty clean," Hall said according to The Associated Press. “I have no ailments. I don’t hurt anywhere. I may run again. I’ll just wait and see."

Hall was first elected to serve in the House when he was 57. Before becoming a member of the House of Representatives, Hall had served Texas's state government, was in the Navy during World War II, and helped found a bank in Rockwall County, Texas.

In 2011, Hall was named chairman of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee.