(DALLAS) — Texas Representative Ralph Hall is set to become the oldest U.S. House member to serve Congress on Christmas Day, according to the Dallas Morning News.
Hall, 89, will beat the 80 year old record made by North Carolina Rep. Charles Manley Stedman by serving a 17th term, reports the Dallas Morning News.
Hall was a Democrat when was first elected in 1980 and switched to the Republican political party in 2004.
The representative’s website says Hall is often quoted, saying, “I’d rather be respected at home than liked in Washington.”
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