John Ratcliffe

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John Ratcliffe
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Texas, District 4
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Mayor, Heath, Texas
Campaign website
John Ratcliffe campaign logo
John Ratcliffe is a 2014 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 4th Congressional District of Texas.[1] He defeated incumbent Ralph Hall in the Republican runoff primary on May 27, 2014.[2]


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]


Campaign themes


Ratcliffe's campaign website lists the following issues:[4]

  • 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 is running in 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.[5] He defeated Hall in the Republican runoff primary on May 27, 2014.[2] Ratcliffe is running unopposed in the general election on November 4, 2014.

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."[6]

Ratcliffe also received the endorsement of the Club for Growth PAC in March.[7]

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."[8]


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


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

John Ratcliffe (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[9]January 13, 2014$0$471,427$(39,713)$431,713
Pre-Primary[10]February 20, 2014$431,713$70,273$(300,213)$201,773
April Quarterly[11]April 15, 2014$201,773$271,280$(314,477)$158,325
Pre-Runoff[12]May 16, 2014$158,325$142,955$(111,594)$189,686
July Quarterly[13]July 15, 2014$189,686$186,789$(356,774)$23,325
Running totals

**As of the 2014 July 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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