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John Ratcliffe
John Ratcliffe official congressional photo.jpg
U.S. House, Texas, District 4
In office
January 3, 2015 - Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 0
PredecessorRalph Hall (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$1,429,855
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Mayor, Heath, Texas
Office website
Campaign website
John Ratcliffe campaign logo
John Ratcliffe is a Republican member of the U.S. House, representing the 4th Congressional District of Texas.[1] Ratcliffe was first elected in 2014. He defeated incumbent Ralph Hall in the Republican runoff primary on May 27, 2014.[2] He then won the general election on November 4, 2014, with no opposition.


Ratcliffe served eight years as Mayor of Heath, Texas. He also served as a U.S. Attorney from 2007 to 2008 and as Chief of Anti-Terrorism and National Security for the Eastern District of Texas from 2004 to 2007.[3]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Ratcliffe's academic, professional and political career:[4]

  • 2015-Present: U.S. Representative from Texas' 4th Congressional District
  • 2004-2012: Mayor of Heath, Texas
  • 2007-2008: United States attorney for the Eastern District of Texas
  • 1989: Graduated from Southern Methodist University with a J.D.
  • 1987: Graduated from University of Notre Dame with a B.A.

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Ratcliffe serves on the following committees:[5]


Campaign themes


Ratcliffe's campaign website listed the following issues:[6]

  • Limited Government
Excerpt: "John is a limited government conservative with a proven record of balancing budgets and not raising taxes."
  • Cut Spending and Balance the Budget
Excerpt: "Reckless government spending endangers our country’s financial stability while threatening the prosperity of future generations. With record deficits and $17 trillion of national debt, Congress still offers million dollar solutions to trillion dollar problems."
  • Obamacare
Excerpt: "From the second President Obama forced through a 2,300 page law that no one read, Obamacare has proved to be government at its worst – intrusive, expensive and ineffective."
  • Border Security and Immigration
Excerpt: "As U.S. Attorney, John arrested over 300 illegal immigrants on a single day. As a former terrorism prosecutor, he knows the threats an unsecured border can bring to our national security."
  • Second Amendment
Excerpt: "The proud holder of a Texas Concealed Handgun License, John has spent much of his career defending the Constitution under the Second Amendment."



See also: Texas' 4th Congressional District elections, 2014

Ratcliffe won the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Texas' 4th District. Ratcliffe and incumbent Ralph Hall advanced past the Republican primary on March 4, 2014.[7] Ratcliffe defeated Hall in the Republican runoff primary on May 27, 2014.[2] Ratcliffe won unopposed in the general election on November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, Texas District 4 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Ratcliffe 100% 115,085
Total Votes 115,085
U.S. House, Texas District 4 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRalph Hall Incumbent 45.4% 29,848
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Ratcliffe 28.8% 18,917
Lou Gigliotti 16.1% 10,601
John Stacy 4.3% 2,812
Brent Lawson 3.5% 2,290
Tony Arterburn 1.9% 1,252
Total Votes 65,720
Source: Texas Secretary of State
U.S. House, Texas District 4 Runoff Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Ratcliffe 52.8% 22,271
Ralph Hall Incumbent 47.2% 19,899
Total Votes 42,170
Source: Texas Secretary of State Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.


Ratcliffe received the endorsement of State Rep. Jodie Laubenberg on March 11, 2014. She said, "I am very confident that John Ratcliffe is the person who will step up to defend liberty for this generation. I am proud to endorse John Ratcliffe for Congress."[8]

Ratcliffe also received the endorsement of the Club for Growth PAC in March.[9]

The Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF) endorsed Ratcliffe on April 11, 2014. SCF Executive Director Matt Hoskins said, "John Ratcliffe is a principled, conservative leader who will fight to stop the massive spending and debt in Washington that are bankrupting our country. He's part of a new generation of conservative Republicans, and we're excited to support him."[10]


Ralph Hall vs. John Ratcliffe
Poll Ralph Hall John RatcliffeNot sureSample Size
Wenzel Strategies (March 12-13, 2014)
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Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Ratcliffe is available dating back to 2014. Based on available campaign finance records, Ratcliffe raised a total of $1,429,855 during that time period. This information was last updated on February 3, 2015.[11]

John Ratcliffe's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2014 US House (Texas, District 4) Won $1,429,855
Grand Total Raised $1,429,855


Candidates for Congress were required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Ratcliffe's reports.

**As of the 2014 October Quarterly Report, Ratcliffe's committee owed $685,300 in outstanding loans to John Ratcliffe.


Ratcliffe and his wife, Michelle, have two daughters and live in Heath, Texas.[3]

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  1. Texas Secretary of State, "2014 March Primary Election Candidate Filings by County," accessed December 10, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 Associated Press, "Election Results May 27, 2014," accessed May 27, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 Campaign website, "John's Story," accessed January 16, 2014
  4. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "RATCLIFFE, John, (1965 - )," accessed January 21, 2015
  5. U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Clerk, "Committee Information," accessed February 20, 2015
  6. Campaign website, "On the Issues," accessed January 16, 2014
  7. The Texas Tribune, "Primary 2014 Election Results," March 4, 2014
  8. John Ratcliffe campaign website, "State Rep. Laubenberg Endorses Ratcliffe in Runoff," March 11, 2014
  9. Club for Growth, "John Ratcliffe (TX-04)," accessed March 26, 2014
  10. The Hill, "Senate Conservatives Fund backs Ralph Hall challenger," April 11, 2014
  11. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for John Ratcliffe," accessed February 3, 2015
  12. Federal Election Commission, "John Ratcliffe Year-End," accessed February 13, 2014
  13. Federal Election Commission, "John Ratcliffe Pre-Primary," accessed May 2, 2014
  14. Federal Election Commission, "John Ratcliffe April Quarterly," accessed May 2, 2014
  15. Federal Election Commission, "John Ratcliffe Pre-Primary," accessed July 25, 2014
  16. Federal Election Commission, "John Ratcliffe July Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2014
  17. Federal Election Commission, "John Ratcliffe October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Ralph Hall
U.S. House - Texas District 4
Succeeded by