John L. Ratcliffe’s private sector work focuses on the intersection of national security, intelligence, and technology. His efforts range from cyber security and artificial intelligence to energy infrastructure and unmanned aerial vehicle manufacturing.
Previously, Ratcliffe served as the United States 6th Director of National Intelligence (DNI) from 2020-2021. Ratcliffe served as the principal intelligence advisor to the President and as the leader of the U.S. intelligence community, which is comprised of 18 federal agencies including the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), National Security Agency (NSA) and intelligence elements within the Departments of Defense, State, Treasury, Justice, Energy and Homeland Security.
Prior to his nomination and confirmation as DNI, Ratcliffe served for over five years as the U.S. Representative for the 4th Congressional District of Texas. As a Congressman, Ratcliffe was a leading policy maker on national security issues as a member of the House Intelligence, Homeland Security and Judiciary committees.
From 2008 until 2014, Ratcliffe was a founding partner with former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft of Ashcroft Sutton Ratcliffe LLP, a firm providing strategic legal advice on national and international security issues. Before this, Ratcliffe served in the George W. Bush administration from 2004 to 2008, initially appointed as Chief of Anti-Terrorism and National Security for the Eastern District of Texas before being named the U.S. Attorney from 2007 to 2008.
Ratcliffe is a recipient of the National Security Medal, the nation’s highest honor for distinguished achievement in the field of intelligence and national security. He was also awarded the Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Medal.
Ratcliffe holds a J.D. from the Southern Methodist University School of Law. He received his B.A. degree from the University of Notre Dame.