Texas DPS reports that Congressman Ralph Hall is now stable in the Medical Center of Plano on Saturday evening.
The World War II veteran and local Congressman since 1980 was flown to the hospital from Fannin County after a two-vehicle collision around 2:50 p.m. Saturday on State Highway 121 in Trenton, Texas.
Rep. Hall’s trademark quote is “I’d rather be respected at home than liked in Washington.”
DPS told reporters that 23-year-old Zachary Bohannon of Trenton, Texas, was attempting to turn onto County Road 4545 when he ran into the vehicle in which Hall was a passenger.
The 91-year-old Hall is credited with finding a way to cut through a federal bureaucratic log jam recently to get more water flowing again toward Lake Lavon after zebra mussels at Lake Texoma slowed water treatment processes.
The Congressman’s staff reports that the Congressman suffered a hip injury and has minor cuts and bruises. He was said to be in serious condition en route to the hospital. His staff reports that the old soldier is expected to make a full recovery.
The driver in the vehicle with Rep. Hall was taken to a McKinney hospital.
State Troopers report Bohannon was not injured, and the accident is under investigation.
Rep. Hall won’t be on the ballot in November for the first time since Jimmy Carter was president. Republican voters picked John Ratcliffe in the Republican primary runoff.
The 4th Congressional District of Texas is situated in the northeast corner of The Lone Star State and borders Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana.
Congressman Hall, an SMU Law grad, represents Texas on the Energy and Commerce Committee. He has also served as Chairman of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee. He is a member of both the Energy and Power Subcommittee and the Environment and Economy Subcommittee.
Between 1950 and 1962, he served as County Judge of Rockwall County, Texas, and in 1958-1959 served as President of the State Judges and Commissioners Association. He also was elected and served as a Texas State Senator from 1962 to 1972, serving as President Pro Tempore in 1968-1969.
On November 27, 2012, Congressman Hall became the oldest member in the U.S. House of Representatives to ever cast a vote, surpassing the previous record held by Rep. Charles Stedman (D-NC). The following month, on December 25, 2012, he became the oldest-serving Member of the U.S. House of Representatives in recorded history.
At the beginning of the 113th Congress, Congressman Hall was named Chairman Emeritus of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, following his service as Chairman of the Committee in the 112th Congress. His efforts on the Committee include:
- Promoting science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education;
- Ensuring sound science precedes any regulations imposed by the Administration;
- Advancing research and development (R&D) for new technologies to keep America
- Expanding production of America’s abundant energy resources and seeking alternative sources to reduce costs and increase national security; and
- Maintaining America’s preeminence in space.
Hall was born in Fate, Texas – Rockwall County – and attended public schools in Rockwall. In 1942, he joined the U.S. Navy, serving during World War II as a lieutenant (senior grade) aircraft carrier pilot from 1942 to 1945. After the War, he received his LL.B. from Southern Methodist University in 1951, was admitted to the Texas Bar, and maintained a private law practice in Rockwall.
Note: Several have called to ask where to send Get Well cards. Congressman Hall’s local office is at 104 N. San Jacinto St. in Rockwall, TX 75087-2508.
– Brian Bearden