Tag Archives: U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall

Gov. Rick Perry featured speaker at Rockwall’s TEA Party


Texas Governor Rick Perry was in town and the featured speaker at Rockwall’s TEA Party protesting high taxes July 4th on the steps of the Historic Courthouse in Old Town Rockwall.

Several hundred people showed up to the second TEA party held in Rockwall.

U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall and TX Rep. Jodie Laubenberg were among the other speakers.

I have to wonder what good these TEA Parties actually do, but at least they give citizens upset by high taxes a chance to express their opinions and voice their concerns.

Thank goodness for freedom of speech – which we can see they don’t have in Iran!

Wife of Rockwall Congressman Ralph Hall passes away

Mary Ellen Murphy Hall

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The wife of 14-term U.S. Congressman Ralph Hall (R-Rockwall), Mary Ellen Murphy Hall, passed away today at their Rockwall home. She was 83.

She had been in the hospital for two weeks but returned home Monday, according to Hall’s congressional office. She had long been battling a degenerative disease.

Rep. Hall had spent all his time with his wife since Congress was in recess and was with her when she died, according to Hall spokesman Tom Hughes.

“Mary Ellen was the love of my life and my best friend,” said Hall in a prepared statement. “She was a wonderful woman of great strength and character, a great mother and grandmother, and a wonderful companion and traveler.”

The Halls would have celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary in November. They married Nov. 14, 1944, while Hall was serving in the Navy in Pensacola FL, the same day Hall received his pilot’s wings.

Mary Ellen Hall was active in her church, First United Methodist in Rockwall. She graduated from Texas A&M Commerce with a degree in speech and drama. She served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Rockwall ISD from 1973 to 1978, twice serving as the board’s vice president, according to Rep. Hall’s office.

Hall said he has received many condolence calls.

“I know it is because of the many people she met who admired her and loved her.”

In addition to her husband, Mary Ellen Hall is survived by three sons and five grandchildren.

Funeral services are to be held at 4 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church, 1200 Yellow Jacket Ln. in Rockwall. A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Rest Haven Funeral Home in Rockwall.

Rockwall Congressman Ralph Hall joined attempt to keep Congress in session

U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall, R-Rockwall, joined an unsuccessful attempt last week to keep lawmakers in Washington until Congress took action on an energy bill rather than adjourn for a five-week district work period.

Hall joined 194 Republicans and 17 Democrats in voting not to adjourn. The measure failed 213-212 and Congress adjourned last Friday for a district work period that extends until September 8.

“This is much too long to leave Americans hostage to the gas pumps,” Hall said.

“Congress should not adjourn until we’ve done something to bring down the high cost of gasoline,” Hall said in a released statement. “I don’t see how the leadership can adjourn when the folks back home are looking to us to help them with their gas prices and grocery prices. They are struggling to meet their family’s needs — and Congress should be helping them.”

Hall said he has signed several discharge petitions to bring legislation to the Floor for a vote — drilling in a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the Outer Continental Shelf, incentives for new refineries, investments in clean energy sources, such as wind and nuclear, and promotion of alternative fuels, among other plans.

“I am also an original cosponsor of the American Energy Act — an all-of-the-above energy strategy developed by members of the House Republican Conference,” Hall’s statement read.

“Republicans are asking for a simple up-or-down vote on this bill before Congress adjourns.”

Last week Hall introduced legislation to transfer the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to the State of Alaska for expeditious and environmentally responsible exploration and development of oil.

Hall’s bill currently has 48 cosponsors. The House has voted 19 times on ANWR development since the 96th Congress.

“None of these votes led to more domestic production — but my legislation would take this decision out of the hands of Congress and place it back where it belongs — with the residents of the State of Alaska,” Hall said.