The oldest person ever to serve in the House of Representatives has followed through on his promise to seek another two-year term.
Texas Republican Rep. Ralph Hall, 90, has filed to run for re-election, according to a candidate list maintained and updated by the state Republican Party.
Hall announced his political plans back in May, when he became the House’s first nonagenarian on record.
“I’m surprised that I’m so healthy because nothing hurts,” Hall told the Dallas Morning News.
In Hall’s northeastern Texas district, where President Barack Obama carried just 25 percent of the vote in 2012, the key election is the Republican primary on March 4.
In the 2012 primary, Hall took 58 percent of the vote against two opponents who split the remainder almost evenly. One of them, Lou Gigliotti, is running again. Candidate filing runs through Dec. 9.
Hall was first elected in 1980 as a Democrat. He became a Republican in 2004 and led the Science Committee in the last Congress. A Navy veteran, he and Michigan Democrat John Dingell are the only veterans of World War II still serving in Congress.
“If you like it, you should be able to keep it,” Hall has said — though the congressman, no fan of Obamacare, was speaking of your insurance policy when he tweeted that.
If you like it, you should be able to keep it. Become a citizen co-sponsor of the Keep Your Health Plan Act http://t.co/6ROd17ENkJ
— Ralph Hall (@RalphHallPress) November 13, 2013