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North Texas' Hall to become oldest U.S. House member

Published On: Dec 24 2012 10:03:31 AM CST

WASHINGTON (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.
    
On Monday, the Republican from Rockwall tied 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.
    
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."