John Hall Bio, Career ,Political Position, Position, Musical

John Hall

John Joseph Hall (born July 23, 1948) is an American musician, politician, environmentalist and community activist.

He was elected to the county legislature of Ulster County, New York, in 1989 and to the Saugerties, New York, Board of Education in 1991. Hall was the U.S. Representative for New York’s 19th congressional district, serving from 2007 to 2011. He is a member of the Democratic Party. The 19th District includes all or part of five counties on both sides of the Hudson River, Hall also founded the rock band Orleans in 1972, a musical collaboration that continues to this day.

John Hall Musical career

A three-time National Science Foundation summer scholar, he skipped two grades in school and left Notre Dame High School in Elmira at age sixteen to study physics at the University of Notre Dame, and then Loyola College, Baltimore.He led another life in music, starting with piano at age 4, studying French horn in school and teaching himself guitar and bass. After changing his concentration to creative writing and performing in numerous musical ensembles, Hall quit college to begin his professional musical career in the clubs of Georgetown, DC, and then Greenwich Village.

In 1967, his group Kangaroo released an album on MGM Records and Hall also composed music for a Broadway theatre trilogy Morning, Noon and Night. While playing at Cafe Wha in Greenwich Village, he met his first wife, Johanna Schier, with whom. he moved to Woodstock, and then Saugerties, New York, wrote many songs and fathered a daughter, Lillian Sofi Hall. He also found time to release his debut solo album, Action in 1970.


John Hall Early political 

In late October 2004, Hall publicly commented that the presidential campaign of George W. Bush had not asked for permission to use the Orleans song Hall expressed similar disapproval when John McCain’s presidential campaign also used the song without asking for permission. While living in Saugerties, New York, Hall co-founded Saugerties Concerned Citizens and helped write the town’s first zoning law. When Ulster County announced plans for a 200-acre (0.81 km2) solid waste dump on the historic Winston Farm, Hall led the opposition. 1989 election to the Ulster County Legislature.after three successive school budgets were rejected by the voters, John ran for and was elected twice too, the Saugerties Board of Education. His fellow trustees elected him president, and budgets were passed each year of Hall’s tenure.

John Hall Political positions

Hall is only the third Democrat to represent what is now the 19th district since World War I.Hall has described himself as a progressive Democrat. He was a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. At the beginning of the 110th Congress, Hall voted to raise the minimum wage and federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. Prior to the election, Hall expressed interest in drug policy reform, noting that many of his best friends and mentors in the music industry partake in recreational drug use without adverse effects.

he agreed with Maurice Hinchey on the need for reform on Plan Colombia, Medical Marijuana, and a provision of the Higher Education Act that denies financial aid to students with drug offenses.However, in July 2007, John Hall voted against an amendment by Hinchey that would end the raid of medical marijuana patients.


Hall ran for Congress in the 19th District in the September 2006 primary race as a Democrat in New York’s 19th congressional district. He won the primary, with a commanding 48% in a 4-way race, and faced incumbent Sue W. Kelly in the November election.


Total votes 218,051 100

In July 2011, Hall announced that he would not seek a rematch with Hayworth.He said he wanted to spend time with his family and travel across the country with his band, Orleans.he defeated her by a margin of 52%–48%


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