A veterinarian-turned-physician won a runoff election Dec. 6, 2014, to represent northeastern Louisiana in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Dr. Ralph Abraham, the Republican candidate, received 64 percent of the vote in defeating Democratic candidate James E. “Jamie” Mayo, who is mayor of Monroe, Louisiana. The state conducted the runoff election because neither candidate received more than 50 percent of votes in the November general election.
Dr. Abraham graduated from the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1980. He worked in private veterinary practice for 10 years, then returned to LSU in 1990, earned his MD degree in 1994, and entered family practice in 1995, according to information from Dr. Abraham’s campaign.
Two other veterinarians, Drs. Kurt Schrader of Oregon and Ted Yoho of Florida, won re-election to the House of Representatives in November 2014.