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1/02/03-East Texas

Hall To Seek Reelection in '04

After more than 20 years, Congressman Ralph Hall announced he's switching to the Republican Party.

He says he'll run on that ticket for another term in 2004. The 80-year-old has represented District 4 in the House of Representatives since 1980.

During his time in Washington, Congressman Hall has pushed a largely conservative platform. Hall says it was just time for a change.

"I've always said if being a democrat hurt my party or hurt my my district then I would either resign, not run or switch parties, well this year I asked for appropriations, some for the University of Texas at Tyler, some others in educational areas," he said. "I was denied those simply because I was a Democrat."

The news comes as a bit of a surprise. Hall previously said he would not seek another term. He says pressure from constituents helped to change his mind.

If approved, the newly drawn congressional map means the congressman will lose 2/3 of his current constituents in the coming election.

Chris Gibson, reporting
cgibson@kltv.com

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