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Rep. John Ratcliffe

Representative for Texas’s 4th District

pronounced jon // RAT-klif

Ratcliffe is the representative for Texas’s 4th congressional district (view map) and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 6, 2015. Ratcliffe is next up for reelection in 2020.

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Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Ratcliffe.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Ratcliffe is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Ratcliffe has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Nov 15, 2019. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

John Ratcliffe sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Ratcliffe was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:

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Does 4 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Ratcliffe sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Crime and Law Enforcement (33%) Government Operations and Politics (19%) Emergency Management (11%) Science, Technology, Communications (11%) Economics and Public Finance (8%) Environmental Protection (6%) International Affairs (6%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (6%)

Recent Bills

Some of Ratcliffe’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Ratcliffe voted Nay

Passed 384/18 on Apr 1, 2019.

Ratcliffe voted Nay

Passed 361/61 on Sep 26, 2018.

H.R. 6157 provides $674.6 billion in total discretionary budget authority for the Department of Defense for fiscal year (FY) 2019. The bill provides $606.5 billion ...

Ratcliffe voted Nay

Passed 366/52 on Jul 25, 2018.

The House Amendment to S. 1182 extends the National Flood Insurance Program, which is set to expire July 31, 2018, through November 30, 2018. This ...

Ratcliffe voted Nay

Passed 382/19 on Jun 20, 2017.

H.R. 2866 reviews and improves licensing standards for placement in a relative foster family home. This bill would require HHS to identify reputable model standards ...

Ratcliffe voted Yea

Passed 229/177 on May 19, 2017.

H.R. 1039 amends the federal criminal code to authorize a probation officer to arrest a person, without warrant, if there is probable cause to believe ...

Ratcliffe voted Nay

Ratcliffe voted No

Ratcliffe voted Aye

Passed 218/208 on Jun 18, 2015.

This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. ...

Ratcliffe voted Yea

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 2015 to Nov 2019, Ratcliffe missed 157 of 3,159 roll call votes, which is 5.0%. This is much worse than the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

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