“By standing strong against the failed status quo of both parties, I’m confident Republicans can continue to reverse the failures of the Obama Administration and ensure that our country’s best days are indeed ahead of us.”
John Ratcliffe is a limited government conservative with a proven record of defending the Constitution and balancing budgets without raising taxes. He believes the strength of our country comes from the liberty and ingenuity of the American people, not the power of the Federal Government.
As U.S. Attorney, John was the top federal law enforcement officer for a 33,000 square mile area of North and East Texas – including almost all of the 4th Congressional District. In this role he earned national praise for his efforts to combat terrorism, illegal immigration, drug trafficking, public corruption and internet child predators.
While mayor of Heath, Texas, the worst recession in 70 years didn’t stop John from keeping his promise to not raise taxes. During his eight years as mayor, Heath was the only municipality in Rockwall County to balance its budget without tax increases.
During the George W. Bush Administration, John was appointed to multiple posts, including U.S. Attorney (2007-2008) and Chief of Anti-Terrorism and National Security for the Eastern District of Texas (2004-2007).
During his tenure, John personally managed dozens of international and domestic terrorism investigations involving some of the nation’s most sensitive security matters. He played an integral role in formulating the DOJ’s terrorism strategies as a member of the Attorney General’s Advisory Subcommittee on Terrorism and National Security.
In addition to combating terrorism, John led a national operation which resulted in the single day arrest of more than 300 illegal aliens. On April 16, 2008, “Operation Plymouth Rock” led to the successful prosecution of hundreds of illegal aliens who committed identity theft and social security fraud to unlawfully gain employment. As the result of John’s efforts, the company which hired the illegal aliens paid a $4.5 million criminal penalty.
When John’s cyber crimes work led to the conviction of a Nacogdoches sheriff’s deputy for child sex crimes, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott publicly declared, “We are grateful to U.S. Attorney John Ratcliffe for his dedication to Texas children.”
John has been leading the charge in Congress to defend our Constitution, and fight for more freedom, and less government. Since taking office he has voted to repeal Obamacare in its entirety, build the Keystone XL Pipeline, defund the President Obama’s illegal executive amnesty, reduce the regulatory burden on hard-working Americans, defend the rights of the unborn, making it easier to hire veterans, and voting for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – the largest tax reform package in over 30 years. Serving on the Homeland Security Committee and Judiciary Committee, he is in a strategic position to fight for an opportunity-filled America where liberty is protected and our exceptionalism embraced.
In November 2017, President Trump signed John’s bill (H.R. 1616) into law to give law enforcement the tools and resources they need to keep our communities safe and defend us against emerging threats like cyber crime.
John is the youngest of six children raised by hard working middle-class parents, both of whom were teachers. Instilled with his parents’ work ethic, John earned a scholarship to the University of Notre Dame, where he graduated in three years. While attending SMU Law School, John met his wife Michele with whom he has been happily married for 27 years. The couple has two daughters, and the family has lived in Heath, Texas for the past 18 years.