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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 (Republican Party) ran for election for Governor of Louisiana. He lost in the primary election on October 12, 2019.

Abaham announced on February 26, 2020, that he would not seek re-election to the House.

Abraham 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

2020

Ralph Abraham did not file to run for re-election.

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
General election for U.S. House Louisiana District 5

No candidates ran in the general election for U.S. House Louisiana District 5 on December 8, 2018.

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 Hon. Mary B. Neumayr, Chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality - Scalise, Newhouse Lead 130 Members to Support NEPA Modernization

Mar. 4, 2020

Chairman Neumayr: We write in support of the Council on Environmental Quality's (CEQ) efforts to modernize the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). This rulemaking represents the first comprehensive overhaul since the NEPA regulations were originally promulgated more than 40 years ago. These critical reforms will bring needed clarity to our nation's environmental laws, preserve the competitive edge that powers our economy, and foster continued stewardship of our environment and natural resources. Congress wrote NEPA with the straightforward, significant goal of establishing a review framework "under which man and nature can exist in productive harmony, and fulfill the social, economic, and other requirements of present and future generations of Americans." However, over the years, through misguided regulation, and presidential directive, the NEPA process has strayed from these objectives. Now, unending litigation and mountains of paperwork define a permitting process that stretches along an indefinite timeline. According to CEQ, preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) takes an average of four and a half years to complete, while a quarter are not finished within six years. These timelines are further exacerbated by the fact that many are not completed until after state and local environmental reviews are completed. The average EIS length, which CEQ recommends remain below 150 pages, stretches beyond 600 pages. CEQ's proposed rulemaking would ease this uncertainty through greater coordination among agencies and a more efficient review process. In our districts across the country, we constantly hear about the opportunities lost when projects are stalled by NEPA's increasingly time consuming and unnecessary red tape. As we travel throughout our communities, we experience these failures firsthand as we encounter crumbling roads and closed-off bridges that may wait years for repair. We all want better roads, stronger bridges, and improved infrastructure, but without NEPA reform that reality is years away. NEPA modernization will benefit more than just transportation. Since 2009, the United States has been the world's largest producer of natural gas. American households and manufacturers rely on this widely available, affordable fuel source that has made the U.S. the world leader in reducing carbon emissions. The rest of the world relies on it as well, with U.S. LNG exports now reaching more than 30 countries. However, critical pipeline construction is often stalled or blocked, in part, by the uncertainty of the NEPA process. Moreover, delays slow innovation and plague development of emerging technologies. Off-shore and land-based wind energy projects face considerable delays and increased costs. Our aging electric grid needs updating to ensure reliability to connect these power sources with distant consumers. The inability to move projects forward also places U.S. national security at risk because our country has become entirely dependent on other countries for supplies of rare earth minerals, such as copper, zinc, lithium and cobalt, that are essential for clean energy deployment, electric vehicles and consumer electronics. Permitting delays also hinder efforts to protect the environment and create more resilient communities. Expediting the permitting process would allow coastal restoration and flood protection projects to be finished in a timely fashion. It also promotes development of smarter and more sustainable forest management and agricultural practices. This rulemaking encourages responsible natural resource management, conservation, and recreation on our public lands and will benefit the environment and rural economies across the country. Despite the misinformation being spread about CEQ's proposal, this update to NEPA is entirely compatible with environmental stewardship. The proposed rule does not impact the existing requirements of the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act. CEQ's proposal simply avoids duplicative reviews while increasing clarity and transparency to the public, federal agency partners, and project developers on the process and timelines to the benefit of the economy and the environment. These long overdue reforms are necessary to maintain our nation's competitive edge while preserving our long history of environmental leadership. We encourage CEQ to finalize the rulemaking process under its current timeline and return the implementation of NEPA to its core procedural and informational purposes.

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