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Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., was elected to represent Louisiana’s 5th District in December 2014. The 5th District is the largest in terms of area in the state, spanning 24 parishes across most of Northeast and Central Louisiana and parts of five Florida parishes in the state’s southern “boot.” This is his first publicly held office after spending most of his life as a practicing physician, veterinarian, business owner, farmer, pilot and veteran.
Dr. Abraham is a member of the Veterans Affairs Committee and is the chairman of the subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs, a position rarely achieved by freshmen members of Congress. His position on the subcommittee will provide him an important role in implementing effective and efficient reforms to Department of Veterans Affairs while holding the administration accountable.
Dr. Abraham is a veteran himself after serving in the Army and volunteering in the Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Dr. Abraham also serves on the Agriculture Committee. The 5th District is the largest row crop district in the nation, and many of the district’s farmers raise livestock. Dr. Abraham’s position on the House Committee on Agriculture, including the General farm Commodities and Risk Management and Nutrition subcommittees, puts him in the best position to make sure Louisiana’s farmers are well-represented on the federal level. Dr. Abraham has spent a lifetime working on his farm, building miles of fences, driving open-cab tractors, herding cattle and breaking wild horses. He understands firsthand the hard work that America’s farmers put in daily.
As a family doctor at a rural clinic, Dr. Abraham has seen time and again just how broken Obamacare is. His hands have been tied by the government in the way he provides care to his patients. Dr. Abraham supports a common-sense approach to healthcare reform that puts the power in the hands of patients, not in the hands of the federal government.
Dr. Abraham grew up in rural Richland Parish where he and his wife, Dianne, reside today. Dr. Abraham graduated from Mangham High School before earning his degree at Louisiana State University. He graduated from the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine and practiced for 10 years before eventually seeking his Medical Doctor degree, which he earned at the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport. As Dr. Abraham likes to say, he wanted to be able to “treat anything that walks on two or four legs.”
Dr. Abraham is a business owner and certified flight instructor. He achieved the rank of 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army and is currently an Aircraft Commander in the Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Dr. Abraham and Dianne have been married for 39 years. They have three grown children and eight grandchildren.