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Congressman Ralph Abraham

Representing the 5th District of Louisiana

Rep. Abraham: Is there a job he can't do?

July 7, 2015
In The News

Some might say that Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-La.) prefers to have his head in the clouds, but that’s because whenever he has the chance, he dedicates time to one of his many interests — being a pilot.

“If I have any free time, I’m usually up in the air flying,” said Rep. Abraham. “I fly airplanes and helicopters and that’s something I enjoy immensely. Usually, if I can slip away for an hour or two, you’ll find me somewhere in the clouds.”

A few of the freshman congressman’s interests have shaped his career. He graduated from Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1980 and was a practicing veterinarian for 10 years. Rep. Abraham says although his first love is veterinary medicine, he wanted the opportunity to see things from a different perspective and later returned to LSU to obtain his medical doctor degree.

“I wanted to see the human side, since I had the veterinary side under my belt. They’ve both been very good to me, but there are certainly many days that I miss the veterinary medicine part of it,” said Rep. Abraham.

Rep. Abraham believes that his diverse experiences are an asset to him as he serves in Congress, particularly in his role on the House Committee on Agriculture. He says he is looking forward to having a voice in legislation that affects both the agriculture and the animal husbandry businesses.

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