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Additional Information

Ralph Abraham (Republican Party) is a member of the U.S. House, representing Louisiana's 5th Congressional District. He assumed office on January 6, 2015. His current term ends on January 3, 2021.

Abraham ran for election for Governor of Louisiana. He lost in the primary election on October 12, 2019.

Abraham is the representative from Louisiana's 5th Congressional District in the U.S. House. He was first elected to Congress in 2014. Incumbent Vance McAllister (R) ran for re-election that year, but was defeated in the jungle primary.

Abraham announced his candidacy for governor of Louisiana on December 6, 2018.

The Advocate wrote that Abraham "has turned in a consistently conservative voting record in Congress since he was first elected in 2014." It called the 5th Congressional district that Abraham represents "reliably Republican."

Abraham was born in Alto, Louisiana. He graduated from Mangham High School in 1972 and went on to earn his bachelor's degree and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Louisiana State University in 1980. From 1986 to 1989, Abraham served in the Mississippi National Guard Special Forces. He later returned to Louisiana State and earned his M.D. in 1994.

Abraham worked as a veterinarian prior to earning his medical degree and became a general family practitioner in 1995. He has also worked as a flight instructor since 1980 and an aviation medical examiner since 2007. As of 2019, Abraham volunteered as a pilot for the Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Air Force’s Civil Air Patrol.


Below is an abbreviated outline of Abraham's academic, professional, and political career:

  • 2015-Present: U.S. Representative from Louisiana's 5th Congressional District
  • 1994: Graduated Louisiana State University School of Medicine with an M.D.
  • 1986-1989: Mississippi National Guard Special Forces
  • 1980: Graduated from Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine with a D.V.M.
  • 1980: Graduated from Louisiana State University with a B.A.
Elections

2019

General election
General election for Governor of Louisiana

Incumbent John Bel Edwards (D) defeated Eddie Rispone (R) in the general election for Governor of Louisiana on November 16, 2019.

John Bel Edwards (D)
51.3%
774,469 Votes

Eddie Rispone (R)
48.7%
734,128 Votes

Total votes: 1,508,597
(100.00% precincts reporting)

Primary election
Primary for Governor of Louisiana

The following candidates ran in the primary for Governor of Louisiana on October 12, 2019.

John Bel Edwards (D)
46.6%
625,970 Votes

Eddie Rispone (R)
27.4%
368,319 Votes

Ralph Abraham (R)
23.6%
317,149 Votes

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Oscar Dantzler (D)
0.8%
10,993 Votes

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Patrick Landry (R)
0.8%
10,966 Votes

Gary Landrieu (Independent)
0.8%
10,084 Votes

Total votes: 1,343,481


2018

General election

The general election was canceled.

Primary election
Primary for U.S. House Louisiana District 5

Incumbent Ralph Abraham defeated Jessee Carlton Fleenor, Billy Burkette, and Kyle Randol in the primary for U.S. House Louisiana District 5 on November 6, 2018.

Ralph Abraham (R)
66.5%
149,018 Votes

Jessee Carlton Fleenor (D)
30.0%
67,118 Votes

Billy Burkette (Independent)
2.1%
4,799 Votes

Kyle Randol (L)
1.3%
3,011 Votes

Total votes: 223,946



2016

rated this race as safely Republican. Incumbent Ralph Abraham (R) defeated Billy Burkette (R) in the primary election on November 8, 2016.

U.S. House, Louisiana District 5 Primary Election, 2016

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRalph Abraham Incumbent 81.6% 208,545
Republican Billy Burkette 18.4% 47,117
Total Votes 255,662
Source: Louisiana Secretary of State

2014

December 6, 2014

Abraham defeated Jamie Mayo in the runoff election on December 6, 2014. Both candidates placed as the top vote receivers in the primary election on November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, Louisiana District 5 General Election, 2014

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRalph Abraham 64.2% 134,616
Democratic Jamie Mayo 35.8% 75,004
Total Votes 209,620
Source: Louisiana Secretary of State

November 4, 2014

Abraham ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Louisiana's 5th District. He secured enough votes to participate in a general election against Jamie Mayo.

U.S. House, Louisiana District 5 Primary Election, 2014

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Republican Vance McAllister Incumbent 11.11% 26,606
Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRalph Abraham 23.16% 55,489
Republican Harris Brown 4.13% 9,890
Republican Zach Dasher 22.39% 53,628
Republican Clyde Holloway 7.46% 17,877
Republican Ed Tarpley Jr. 1.92% 4,594
Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJamie Mayo 28.22% 67,611
Libertarian Charles Saucier 0.92% 2,201
Green Eliot Barron 0.69% 1,655
Total Votes 239,551
Source: Louisiana Secretary of State
Policy Positions

2018

Abortion

Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
- Pro-life

Budget

1. In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
- No

2. In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
- No

Education

Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
- No

Energy & Environment

1. Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
- Unknown Position

2. Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
- No

Guns

Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
- No

Health Care

Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
- Yes

Campaign Finance

Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
- Unknown Position

Economy

1. Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
- No

2. Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
- Yes

Immigration

1. Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border?
- Yes

2. Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
- Yes

Marijuana

Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes?
- Unknown Position

National Security

1. Should the United States use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a nuclear weapon?
- Unknown Position

2. Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support?
- Yes

Articles

Letter to Jerrold Nadler, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee - Cheney Signs Letter Calling For Minority Hearing On Impeachment

Dec. 10

As the House Judiciary Committee continues with their markup of articles of impeachment today, Wyoming Congresswoman and House GOP Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-WY) joined more than 70 of her Republican colleagues in sending a letter to Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) earlier this week demanding that he hold a minority hearing on impeachment. Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee have called for a minority hearing, in compliance with Clause 2(j)(1) of Rule XI, since the impeachment proceedings began in that committee. Only available in PDF format; please see source to view document.

Abraham Supports Helping Able-bodied SNAP Recipients Re-enter Workforce

Dec. 9

Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, released the following statement after the USDA announced changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to encourage able-bodied adults between ages 18 and 49 without dependents to re-enter the workforce. "Thanks to President Trump's pro-growth policies like deregulation and tax cuts, the American economy is booming and providing greater opportunity than has been seen in generations. The national unemployment rate has fallen to 3.5%, the lowest in 50 years, and unemployment among African-Americans and Hispanics is the lowest in recorded history," said Abraham. "Despite this great news, 37 million people are still receiving SNAP assistance, even while an estimated seven million jobs go unfilled. By reinstating SNAP rules as they were intended, able-bodied adults with no dependents will be required to participate in 20 hours per week of work, job training, or even volunteering to help them re-enter the workforce. Those with dependents or disabilities will be unaffected by this change and areas with unemployment higher than 6% will remain eligible for a waiver from the requirements." "Shortly after taking office, President Obama relaxed work requirements for SNAP recipients, more than doubling the number of able-bodied adults receiving assistance in less than two years," Abraham continued. "By reinstating these requirements, the Trump administration has restored a crucial part of the bipartisan Gingrich-Clinton welfare reform of 1996." "This rule change will help to move more Americans from poverty to prosperity while expanding the labor force and ensuring the best possible stewardship of taxpayer dollars." To read the USDA's announcement, click here. To read the USDA's fact sheet, click here.

Letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House - ICYMI: Ag Committee GOP Leader Conaway Leads 159 Republicans Urging Pelosi to Hold Vote on USMCA

Dec. 9

Dear Speaker Pelosi: The undersigned Republican Members strongly urge you to ensure that the House of Representatives takes up and passes the U.S.-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement this year. With just two weeks remaining, the House has so far squandered the first session of the 116th Congress. Rather than working together to pass bipartisan measures that could be signed into law, House Democrats have instead obsessed over a partisan impeachment process of which the sole purpose is to overturn the decision of voters in the 2016 election. The little remaining time has largely been consumed by passing partisan messaging bills that have no chance of enactment, even in the case where common ground could easily have been found. Thankfully, it is not too late for House Democrats to do the right thing. For starters, the House should finally stop dithering on USMCA and pass this critically important trade agreement. Nearly every agriculture group in America has called on Congress to pass USMCA, which significantly improves trade relations with our two largest trading partners that together purchase about one-third of all U.S. agricultural exports. Under USMCA, U.S. agricultural exports alone are expected to increase by more than $2 billion annually, helping to build on the 325,000 American jobs that are already reliant on our nation's exports to Mexico and Canada. Significant new market access for U.S. dairy, chicken, eggs, and turkey producers is expected under the agreement while strides are also made in favor of our wheat farmers. These and other improvements will greatly benefit U.S. farmers and ranchers who are struggling under the weight of a recession that began in late 2014. Expanding U.S. agriculture exports through truly free and fair trade agreements will help put American agriculture back on its feet. Mexico is already our corn growers' number one customer, while Canada and Mexico buy close to half of our pork products. And beef sales to our immediate neighbors are estimated to add about $70 per head to the bottom line of U.S. cattlemen. Under USMCA, the United States has a real opportunity to expand on these successes at a time when U.S. farmers and ranchers and rural America need help the most. USMCA already contains the strongest labor provisions of any trade agreement considered by the U.S. to date, and the Trump Administration has worked diligently and in good faith to address these issues because the President is absolutely focused on ensuring a level playing field for all U.S. workers. Passing USMCA is a chance for the House to chalk up one critically important victory for the American people, and we urge you to seize this opportunity. Sincerely,

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