North Texas' Hall to become oldest US House member

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Associated Press

Posted on December 25, 2012 at 11:05 AM

DALLAS (AP) — Rep. Ralph Hall of North Texas is set to become the oldest member of the U.S. House ever, a few months shy of his 90th birthday.

The Republican from Rockwall is on pace this week to pass North Carolina Rep. Charles Manly Stedman, who died in office in 1930 at 89 years, 7 months and 25 days old. Hall earlier this month had already become the oldest member ever to cast a vote.

The Dallas Morning News (http://dallasne.ws/VZ4wcG ) reports that Hall recently won re-election to his 17th term from his North Texas district.

It's more common for senators to stay longer in office, in part because senators run for re-election every six years instead of every two.

Hall describes himself as "just an old guy" who has "lived pretty clean."

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