Former Texas GOP Rep. Ralph Hall dead at 95

Former Texas GOP Rep. Ralph Hall dead at 95
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Former Rep. Ralph HallRalph Moody HallFormer Texas GOP Rep. Ralph Hall dead at 95 GOP fights off primary challengers in deep-red Texas Most diverse Congress in history poised to take power MORE (R-Texas), the oldest-ever member of the House, died Thursday at the age of 95, The Associated Press reports

Ed Valentine, Hall's longterm strategist, told the AP the former lawmaker passed away at his home in the morning.

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Hall was 91 when he left office in 2014, breaking the record of former Rep. Charles Manly Stedman (D-N.C.) who died at 89 while serving in Congress.

Hall was first elected as a Democrat in 1980 to represent a district near Dallas, but switched to the Republican Party in 2004. He had consistently been one of the most conservative Democrats in Congress prior to that point.

Hall was defeated in 2014 after a primary challenge from Rep. John RatcliffeJohn Lee RatcliffeGrand jury material becomes key battle-line in Mueller report fight Dems escalate Mueller demands with subpoena Congress should take action to stop unfair taxation of the digital economy MORE (R-Texas).

Hall was a longtime member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and later served a stint as the chairman of the House Science Committee in 2010.