Candidate Profile
John Ratcliffe

Republican , Texas

Biography

Name
John Ratcliffe
Party
Republican
Race
U.S. Rep., Dist.4
Incumbent
Yes
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Panel Rating

Very Conservative Information icon

Scorecards

Conservative Organizations

Americans for Prosperity (AFP), 2015-16:  100%, 100%
FRC Action, 2016:  100%
National Right to Life, 2015-16:  100%
Heritage Action, 2015-16:  95%
FreedomWorks, 2015:  90%
Conservative Review (CR), 2015:  83%
Eagle Forum, 2015-16:  80%

93%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Liberal Organizations

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 2015-16:  0%
Planned Parenthood, 2015:  0%

0%

LIBERAL AVERAGE

Endorsements

Conservatives

1
Senator Senator Ted Cruz

Reported by Candidate

2
Senator Ted Cruz, Congressman Trey Gowdy

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
14
Club for Growth, David Dewhurst, French Hill, Greg Abbott, Ken Paxton, Lee Zeldin and 8 more
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
41
Alamo PAC, Associated Builders and Contractors, Citizens United, Club for Growth, CMR, Excelsior PAC and 35 more

Liberal

RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
1
Airline Pilots Association

Summary

2%

LIBERAL

98%

CONSERVATIVE

Questionnaire

Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Congress should repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

Strongly Agree

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Strongly Agree

I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

Strongly Agree

The U.S. military should wait for militant Islamic groups to directly threaten our national security on our shores, rather than eradicate them now wherever they may be worldwide.

Strongly Disagree

The United States must maintain a nuclear arsenal that is safe, reliable, modern and numerically superior to those of potential adversaries.

Strongly Agree

I support legislation such as the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) that would prohibit discrimination against individuals, organizations and small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

Strongly Agree

The federal government should establish Common Core as a nationwide academic standard for high school graduation.

Strongly Disagree

I oppose the resettlement of Syrian refugees into the U.S. without proper vetting.

Strongly Agree

Current regulations on domestic oil exploration and drilling are more restrictive than are necessary.

Strongly Agree

It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health care and a livable income.

Strongly Disagree

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.

Strongly Agree

More restrictive gun control laws are needed to protect public safety.

Strongly Disagree

The founders established pure democracy in the Constitution because they believed that it is the best form of government to ensure the safety and equitable treatment of all citizens.

Neutral

Free enterprise and the right to private property turn mankind's natural self-interest into the most productive economic system there is.

Strongly Agree

Governments should pay to develop wind and solar energy solutions until they are economically feasible.

Strongly Disagree

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States.

Strongly Agree

Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with public funds.

Strongly Agree

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree

The United States should help defend Israel from attack by its enemies.

Strongly Agree

Planned Parenthood should not receive funds from federal, state, or local governments.

Strongly Agree

Marijuana should be legalized and regulated like tobacco and alcohol.

Strongly Disagree

Islamic law (Sharia) does not pose a threat to the United States and its Constitution.

Strongly Disagree

Based on the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, please arrange the following entities, starting with the highest source of authority, and continue the list in descending order of authority, skipping any that do not apply: Academia, Congress, Constitution, God, Industry, Media, Professional Sports, Supreme Court, Voters.

God, Constitution, Voters, Supreme Court/Congress (co-equal branches of government)

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Only when the life of the mother is threatened.

What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?

Centralized power in one entity or branch of government leads to abuse, and the separation of powers designed by our Founding Fathers is both wise and necessary.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

My strong Christian faith forms the basis of my value and belief system: I am a Christian. I believe there is only one God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who is the creator of all people and of all things. I believe that Jesus Christ is God’s only Son and will return one day to reign forever. I believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God, the perfect message for mankind and the final authority for all matters of faith. Because of my spiritual beliefs, I place God first in my daily life and try to keep Faith, Hope and Love at the center of all that I say or do. I know as humans we have the freedom of choice to decide what is right and what is wrong, but I look to Him for guidance in deciding what is right and wrong.

Considering all issues (social, economic, national security, etc.), which of these best describes you?

Very Conservative

Please defend your answer to the previous question by referencing your publicly available track record.

My proven conservative record makes me the best candidate for this position. This re-election is simply a chance for me to remind voters about the work I’ve done on their behalf over the last year. Voters don’t need to wonder whether I am pro-life. My record tells them that I have refused to support any single funding bill which contains funding for Planned Parenthood. Voters don’t need to wonder if I will work to restore fiscal sanity. My record tells them that I have voted against raising the debt ceiling and voted against increasing government spending. Voters don’t need to wonder if I’m serious about protecting America from terrorist threats. My record tells them that before coming to Congress I was a U.S. Attorney and terrorism prosecutor who put terrorist sympathizers in federal prison. In Congress, I’ve voted against the Iranian nuclear deal, voted to pause our Syrian refugee program, and voted to close security gaps in our country’s visa waiver program.

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you.

info@ratcliffeforcongress.com

Additional comment from candidate:

It is a privilege to represent the Fourth District of Texas in our collective fight against President Obama and his reckless agenda.


Background

Education
  • Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Juris Doctor, 1989
  • University of Notre Dame, South Bend, BA in Government and International Studies, 1987
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Affiliations
  • Rockwall ISD Educational Foundation, Board Member
  • Rockwall County YMCA, Board Member
Offices
  • U.S. Congressman, Held 2015 - current
  • Mayor of Heath, Texas, Held 2004-2012
 

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