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U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall, 89, becomes oldest serving Congressman in history

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EAST TEXAS (TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH) - U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall, 89, became the oldest serving Congressman in history on Christmas Day.

Hall, who was elected in 1980 and represented portions of Smith County and East Texas, eclipsed North Carolina Rep. Charles Manly Stedman, who died in office in 1930 at age 89, 7 months and 25 days.

The Rockwall congressman became the oldest House member to cast a vote this year. On May 3, Hall will turn 90.

Hall was elected to his 17th term in the House in November.

He graduated from Rockwall High School and joined the Navy during World War II. Hall has been active as a businessman and politician.

He served as Rockwall County Judge and later as a state Senator before being elected to the U.S. House as a Democrat. Hall switched parties in 2004.

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