Ethics Explorer A Guide to the Financial Interests of Elected Officials

U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe (R)

Industry
Lawyer
Education
B.A. in Government and International Studies, University of Notre Dame; J.D. Southern Methodist University Law School
Spouse
Michele
Committees
Not yet assigned
Financial Statements

Sources of Income

  • Ratcliffe has been a lawyer in private practice — most recently at the Dallas- and Austin-based Ashcroft Law Firm — and a former U.S. attorney appointed by President George W. Bush.

  • He served as the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Texas from 2007 to 2008; previously he was the district's chief of anti-terrorism and national security.

  • Michele Ratcliffe, his wife, is a partner at the law firm Lamberth, Ratcliffe, Covington PLLC in Rockwall.

  • Ratcliffe also lists income from investments and partial ownerships in companies including Click’s Memphis, a sports bar; Chisholm LLP, a land management company; and annuities in Prudential Life Insurance and John Hancock Life Insurance.

Property

  • Residential property in Heath valued at about $771,010

  • Partial ownership of a Starwood Resort property in Maui, HI

Analysis

  • Ratcliffe’s law partner, Johnny Sutton, prosecuted former U.S. Border Patrol agents Jose Compean and Ignacio Ramos. The men served roughly two years for shooting at a fleeing suspected drug dealer and covering up the evidence. Though Ratcliffe, a former U.S. attorney, had nothing to do with the case, his opponent — incumbent Ralph Hall — tried to use the issue against him in the 2014 primary, according to The Dallas Morning News.