Ralph Abraham (politician)
|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|
September 16, 1954 |
Monroe, Louisiana, U.S.
|Parents||Ralph Lee and Marlene Posey Abraham|
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary|
Mississippi National Guard
Ralph Lee Abraham, Jr. (born September 16, 1954) 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. 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).
Abraham is the son of the former Marlene Posey (1932–2015), a retired educator, and Ralph Abraham, Sr. (1933–1980).
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.
U.S. House of Representatives
Abraham was sworn into office in the 114th United States Congress on January 3, 2015.
- Committee on Agriculture
- Committee on Science, Space and Technology
- Committee on Veterans' Affairs
Abraham believes the Affordable Care Act should be repealed.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.
Election of 2016
In his bid for reelection in 2016, Abraham defeated one challenger, fellow Republican Billy Burkette 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.
- "Members of Congress: Religious Affiliations". Pew Research Center. January 5, 2015. Retrieved 29 April 2016.
- "Guide to the New Congress" (PDF). Roll Call. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
- "NELA Doctor Running for Congress". myarklamiss.com. May 30, 2014. Retrieved June 2, 2014.
- "Runoff election returns, December 6, 2014". Louisiana Secretary of State. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
- Greg Hilburn (July 29, 2015). "Congressman Abraham's mother, 83, dies". The Monroe News-Star. Retrieved July 30, 2015.
- Goddard, Valerie (July 15, 2015). "Is there a job Ralph Abraham can't do?". JAVMAnews. American Veterinary Medical Association. Retrieved October 29, 2016.
- Greg Hilburn (November 22, 2014). "Abraham: 'We remained consistent and persistent'". The Monroe News-Star. Retrieved December 7, 2014.
- Greg Hilburn (December 10, 2014). "Letlow named Abraham's chief of staff". The Monroe News-Star. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
- Kaleb Causey (November 20, 2014). "Mayo, Abraham face off in 5th District debate". The Monroe News-Star. Retrieved December 13, 2014.
- Mott, Ashley (November 9, 2016). "Abraham reelected in 5th district seat". Monroe News Star. Retrieved November 13, 2016.
- Ashley Mott (November 5, 2016). "Incumbent Abraham faces Burkette in 5th district race". Monroe News-Star. Retrieved November 6, 2016.
- Official U.S. House website
- Official Campaign website
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Project Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at The Library of Congress
- Ralph Abraham at Ballotpedia
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 5th congressional district
January 3, 2015 – present
|United States order of precedence (ceremonial)|
|United States Representatives by seniority
| Succeeded by|