John Ratcliffe (American politician)

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John Ratcliffe
John Ratcliffe official photo.jpg
6th Director of National Intelligence
Assumed office
May 26, 2020
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byDan Coats
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 4th district
In office
January 3, 2015 – May 22, 2020
Preceded byRalph Hall
Succeeded byVacant
United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas
In office
2007–2008
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byMatthew D. Orwig[1]
Succeeded byRebecca Gregory[2]
Mayor of Heath
In office
2004–2012
Preceded byChris Cuny[3]
Succeeded byLorne Liechty[4]
Personal details
Born
John Lee Ratcliffe

(1965-10-20) October 20, 1965 (age 54)
Mount Prospect, Illinois, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Michele Addington
Children2
EducationUniversity of Notre Dame (BA)
Southern Methodist University (JD)
WebsiteHouse website

John Lee Ratcliffe[5] (born October 20, 1965) is an American politician and attorney. He is the 6th Director of National Intelligence since 2020. He was the congressman for Texas's 4th district from 2015 to 2020.

He was one of the most conservative congressmen during his congressional career.[6] [7]

President Donald Trump announced on July 28, 2019, that he intended to nominate Ratcliffe to replace Dan Coats as Director of National Intelligence (DNI).[8] Ratcliffe withdrew his name five days after some senators raised concerns about his experience.[9] [10][11][12]

On February 28, 2020, President Trump announced that he was nominating Ratcliffe to be Director of National Intelligence. Ratcliffe was confirmed by the Senate on May 21, 2020 by a vote of 49 to 44.[13][14]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Ratcliffe assumes role as lead law enforcement officer for East Texas". Retrieved June 15, 2018.
  2. "Senate Confirms Becky Gregory As New U.S. Attorney For Eastern District Of Texas". April 29, 2008. Retrieved June 15, 2018.
  3. "Elected Officials". Archived from the original on April 30, 2004. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
  4. Justin Cheatham. "New officials take command of Heath council". Retrieved June 15, 2018.
  5. "State Bar of Texas - Find A Lawyer: John Lee Ratcliffe". www.texasbar.com. Retrieved December 19, 2017.
  6. Dilanian, Ken (July 29, 2019). "Intel officials worry Trump's pick for top spy will politicize the job". NBC News.
  7. "The quiet director: How Gina Haspel manages the CIA's volatile relationship with Trump". The Washington Post. 2019.
  8. Trump, Donald J. [realDonaldTrump] (July 28, 2019). "I am pleased to announce that highly respected Congressman John Ratcliffe of Texas will be nominated by me to be the Director of National Intelligence" (Tweet). Retrieved July 29, 2019.
  9. Zachary Cohen; Pamela Brown; Allie Malloy; Kaitlan Collins. "Trump says Ratcliffe is no longer his pick for director of national intelligence". CNN. Retrieved 2019-08-02.
  10. Dennis, Steven T.; Jacobs, Jennifer; Flatley, Daniel (August 2, 2019). "Ratcliffe Withdraws From Intelligence Nomination, Trump Says". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2019-08-02.
  11. "Trump scuttles plan to nominate Rep. John Ratcliffe as top intelligence official". NBC News. Retrieved 2019-08-02.
  12. Savage, Charlie; Barnes, Julian E.; Karni, Annie (August 2, 2019). "Trump Drops Plans to Nominate John Ratcliffe as Director of National Intelligence". The New York Times.
  13. "U.S. Senate: U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 116th Congress - 2nd Session". www.senate.gov. Retrieved 2020-05-22.
  14. Barnes, Julian E.; Fandos, Nicholas (May 21, 2020). "Senate Approves John Ratcliffe for Top Intelligence Job in Sharply Split Vote". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved May 21, 2020.