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Congressman retires at age 91

May 30, 2014

Ralph Hall was the oldest serving congressman until he lost the primary election, bringing an end to his 17-year career in the House of Representatives. As a man who served in congress into his 90s, Hall is an amazing example of healthy aging.

Representative Hall was elected to the House in the early 1980s as a conservative democrat during Jimmy Carter's presidency. In 2004, Hall switched parties but maintained his position as the representative for Texas' fourth district nonetheless. Representative Hall was the only World War II veteran seeking election this term.

Former U.S. Attorney John Ratcliffe beat Hall in the primary runoff May 27. Hall came in first place for the March primary, but because he didn't reach a majority percentage, there was a follow-up election. According to the Wall Street Journal, Ratcliffe took the lead with 53 percent of the votes in the runoff.

Hall had decided that the 18th term would be his last. The American Association of Retired Persons reported that he wanted to help get a Republican elected to the White House in 2016.

Though Ratcliffe's campaign focused on Hall's age and his ability to continue holding the seat, the veteran representative had endorsements from big names in politics like Michele Bachmann, Ron Paul and Mike Huckabee, according to Politico.