Election 2010 – Texas 4th Congressional District
There are many races chock full of Republican candidates this year, but the oddity about the 4th district in Texas is that it already has a Republican incumbent. Ralph Hall has been a representative since 1980 and is 86 years old. He switched parties in 2004 and has become a reliable conservative in Congress. To learn more about Hall and his campaign, click here.
However, 5 Republicans are lining up to beat the incumbent – the oldest member of the House of Representatives. They come from various backgrounds, but each believe they can win over a plurality of voters. The district runs north of Dallas, containing a few suburbs of that large city, but encompassing the largely rural area up to the Oklahoma and Arkansas border in the northeast. The large cities are Paris, Dennison and Texarkana.
Steve Clark has had a successful career in business and now he wants to go to Washington DC. Having worked for AT&T as an executive in China, he cites work opening Chinese markets to US trade as one of his best achievements. He is also an Air Force veteran. To learn more about his campaign, click here.
John Cooper is a pastor and has built his campaign on making America energy independent and efficient. His career has been in land surveying, which has taken him to all parts of the district. He has 5 children, 10 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. To learn more, click here.
Joe Gigliotti moved to Texas 26 years ago and built a successful car racing and parts business in the 4th district. He is a proud promoter of the Tea Party movement and rejects bipartisan work as well as the “socialism” being promoted in Washington. To learn more, click here.
Joshua Kowert is the youngest candidate in the race, but apart from the incumbent, seems to have the most experience in Washington. After graduating from Austin College, he interned in Congress and also continued his education in DC at American University. Today, he teaches economics at Collin County College and Grayson County College. His focus is on the economy, his academic and professional specialty. To learn more, click here.
The lone Democrat in the race is VaLinda Hathcox, the 2008 candidate and the former Hopkins County Attorney. He currently runs his ranch in the district.