Pelosi Statement on the Passing of Congressman Ralph Hall

March 8, 2019

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement on the passing of former Congressman Ralph Hall of Texas, who served in the House for eighteen terms:

“Today, with the passing of Congressman Ralph Hall, the Rockwall community, our Congressional family and the entire country have lost a beloved and lifelong public servant.

“Congressman Hall was a patriot, who dedicated every chapter of his life to serving his community and country, whether in the Navy, the State Senate or the House of Representatives. It was a blessing to join Ralph and our hero, Senator John McCain, to honor Japanese-American veterans of World War II with the Congressional Gold Medal during the 112th Congress, and to hear Ralph’s beautiful words.  His passing marks the closing of a chapter of American history, as the Congress loses one of the last veterans of the Golden Generation.

“Congressman Hall deeply appreciated the importance of research and innovation to maintain America’s preeminence in the world, and took great pride in returning the word ‘space’ to the Science, Space and Technology Committee when he was Chair.  His commitment to passing the vital America COMPETES Act and its strong reauthorization leave a powerful legacy for America’s global leadership.

“All who knew Ralph respected him for his patriotism and his passion for public service, and loved him for his humor and kindness.  The world is a darker place without the warmth and humanity of this special man.  May it be a comfort to Ralph’s sons, Hamp, Brett and Blakeley, his grandchildren and his many other loved ones that Ralph has been reunited with his beloved Mary Ellen, and may it be a comfort that so many grieve with and pray for them at this sad time.”