Ralph Abraham (politician)

For the mathematician, see Ralph Abraham.
Ralph Lee Abraham, Jr.
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 5th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2015
Preceded by Vance McAllister
Personal details
Born (1954-09-16) September 16, 1954
Monroe, Louisiana, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Dianne Abraham
Children 3
Parents Ralph Lee and Marlene Posey Abraham
Residence Mangham, Louisiana
Alma mater
Religion Baptist[1]
Military service
Service/branch United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
Mississippi National Guard

Ralph Lee Abraham, Jr. (born September 16, 1954)[2] is an American physician and former veterinarian from Mangham, Louisiana, who won election on December 6, 2014, as a Republican to represent Louisiana's 5th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives.[3] He defeated his Democratic opponent, Mayor Jamie Mayo of Monroe, by a margin of 134,612 votes (64.2 percent) to 75,004 (35.8 percent).[4]


Abraham is the son of the former Marlene Posey (1932–2015), a retired educator, and Ralph Abraham, Sr. (1933–1980).[5]

Abraham has served in the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Mississippi National Guard. He and his wife, Dianne, have three children. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine, and the Louisiana State University School of Medicine.[6][7]

U.S. House of Representatives


Abraham was sworn into office in the 114th United States Congress on January 3, 2015.

After his election, Abraham announced that Luke J. Letlow, his campaign manager, would become his chief of staff.[8]

Committee assignments

Political positions

Abraham believes the Affordable Care Act should be repealed. He opposes the expansion of Medicaid. Regarding illegal immigration, Abraham opposes amnesty and supports strengthening border security. He supports simplifying the tax code, equal pay for women, and approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline.[9]

Election of 2016

In his bid for reelection in 2016, Abraham defeated one challenger, fellow Republican Billy Burkette[10] of Baton Rouge, a former constable in East Feliciana Parish and a former chairman of the Louisiana Band of Choctaw Indians. Burkette claimed in his campaign that the Environmental Protection Agency has issued overly strict regulations that hamper farming.[11]


  1. "Members of Congress: Religious Affiliations". Pew Research Center. January 5, 2015. Retrieved 29 April 2016.
  2. "Guide to the New Congress" (PDF). Roll Call. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
  3. "NELA Doctor Running for Congress". myarklamiss.com. May 30, 2014. Retrieved June 2, 2014.
  4. "Runoff election returns, December 6, 2014". Louisiana Secretary of State. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
  5. Greg Hilburn (July 29, 2015). "Congressman Abraham's mother, 83, dies". The Monroe News-Star. Retrieved July 30, 2015.
  6. Goddard, Valerie (July 15, 2015). "Is there a job Ralph Abraham can't do?". JAVMAnews. American Veterinary Medical Association. Retrieved October 29, 2016.
  7. Greg Hilburn (November 22, 2014). "Abraham: 'We remained consistent and persistent'". The Monroe News-Star. Retrieved December 7, 2014.
  8. Greg Hilburn (December 10, 2014). "Letlow named Abraham's chief of staff". The Monroe News-Star. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  9. Kaleb Causey (November 20, 2014). "Mayo, Abraham face off in 5th District debate". The Monroe News-Star. Retrieved December 13, 2014.
  10. Mott, Ashley (November 9, 2016). "Abraham reelected in 5th district seat". Monroe News Star. Retrieved November 13, 2016.
  11. Ashley Mott (November 5, 2016). "Incumbent Abraham faces Burkette in 5th district race". Monroe News-Star. Retrieved November 6, 2016.

External links

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Vance McAllister
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 5th congressional district

January 3, 2015  present
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Frank Guinta
R-New Hampshire
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Pete Aguilar
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