John Ratcliffe is an American politician and lawyer who has served as a congressman in the fourth district of Texas since 2015. He has been regarded as one of the most conservative members of Congress. He’s a prominent supporter of Trump. You can read all about his background and his career so far below.
John Ratcliffe Director of National Intelligence
On July 28, 2019, President Donald Trump announced that he intended to nominate Ratcliffe to replace Dan Coats as Director of National Intelligence. Dan Coats has held the position since 2017 and will officially leave office on August 15, 2019.
On August 2, Ratcliffe abruptly removed his name from the appointment. The withdrawal came after Republican senators expressed concern for him, former intelligence officials said he could politicize intelligence and media revealed Ratcliffe’s ornaments regarding his procedural experience in terrorism and immigration cases.
John Ratcliffe, a conservative representative of the 4th District of Texas, reportedly met with Trump to discuss the work almost in July 2019 and gained national attention after going after Special Counsel Robert Mueller during his testimony to the Congress.
Ratcliffe said during the public hearing: “I agree with President Nadler this morning when he said that Donald Trump is not above the law. But you are sure that it should not be below the law, which is where Volume II of this report is placed.”
Where is John Ratcliffe born?
Recalling his early life, John Ratcliffe was born in Mount Prospect, Illinois, northwest of Chicago. He was the youngest of six children; His two parents were teachers.
With regard to her education, she graduated from Carbondale Community High School in Carbondale, Illinois in 1984, from the University of Notre Dame in 1987 with a Bachelor’s degree in Government and International Studies. He then attended law school at SMU in Dallas (now Dedman School of Law) and obtained his Juris Doctor in 1989.
What is John Ratcliffe’s profession?
Speaking of his career, until 2004, Ratcliffe was a lawyer in private practice. He has served as an adjunct law professor at several law schools.
In 2004, President George W. Bush appointed Ratcliffe as Head of Counterterrorism and Homeland Security for the Eastern District of Texas, within the U.S. Department of Justice.
In May 2007, Ratcliffe was appointed Interim Federal District Prosecutor.
Ratcliffe returned to private law practice when Rebecca Gregory was confirmed by the Senate as permanent district attorney in April 2008.
In 2009 he became a partner of former Attorney General John Ashcroft at the law firm Ashcroft, Sutton, Ratcliffe. He held that position from June 2004 to May 2012.
In 2012, Ratcliffe was part of a transition team established before that year’s general election by Republican candidate Mitt Romney, to examine potential presidential candidates.
In 2014, Ratcliffe ran in the Republican primary against congressman Ralph Hall in the fourth district. At 91, Hall was the oldest member of Congress and the oldest person to serve in the House of Representatives. The Dallas Morning News wrote that Ratcliffe was Hall’s “most serious political challenge in years.”
On March 1, 2016, Ratcliffe easily defeated two main challengers, getting 68 percent of the vote, 47 percentage points ahead of the second-placed. Once again, no Democrats showed up to run for the November general election. In the general election, Ratcliffe’s libertarian opponent won only 12 percent of the vote.
On November 6, 2018, Ratcliffe won re-election to a third term with nearly 76% of the vote, defeating Democratic challenger Catherine Krantz and libertarian challenger Ken Ashby.
During the 116th Congress (2019–present), Ratcliffe held his seats on the Ethics, Homeland Security and Judiciary committees and also became a member of the Intelligence Committee.
Who is John Ratcliffe married to?
Reflecting his personal life, John was a married man. He was married to Michele Ratcliffe. Fortunately, the couple shares the same year of birth (1965). They share two sons, daughters Darby and Riley Ratcliffe. His eldest son, Riley plays football and is a student at Texas A&M. She is currently in a relationship with her boyfriend Jarrod Rasberry.
Darby is a student at Rockwell-Health High School and is an avid competitive diver. According to Instagram photos of Ratcliff’s two daughters, they are incredibly close to each other and both regularly visit Washington, D.C. to visit their father.
What is the net worth of John Ratcliffe? How tall is John Ratcliffe?
As a lawyer and government employee, John took the sum of the good amount of money from his career. His estimated net worth and 2019 salary are still under review.