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The  congressman representing Rockwall County and much of Northeast Texas is once again in line to be the next Director of National Intelligence, but will remain on today’s Republican Party primary ballot in seeking re-election to his current job.

The  congressman representing Hunt County and much of Northeast Texas is once again in line to be the next Director of National Intelligence, but will remain on today’s Republican Party primary ballot in seeking re-election to his current job.

President Donald Trump tweeted Friday that he was nominating U.S. Representative John Ratcliffe of Fate for the Intelligence Director position.

“I am pleased to announce the nomination of @RepRatcliffe (Congressman John Ratcliffe) to be Director of National Intelligence (DNI),” Trump said in the tweet, adding the process wold have been completed earlier, but  that Ratcliffe wanted to wait until after Investigator General’s report was finished.

“John is an outstanding man of great talent,” Trump said.

Ratcliffe was originally nominated for the position last summer, but later withdrew from contention.

Ratcliffe was interviewed by CBS News over the weekend about the appointment and said his background in national intelligence pre-dates his becoming congressman.

“I’ve been handling national intelligence issues since 2005,” Ratcliffe said. “I think what we’ve seen is some of our most experienced intelligence leaders have gotten it wrong with respect to important issues.”

Texas Democratic Party Chair Manny Garcia disagreed with the choice.

“Racliffe’s nomination is an insult to the United States intelligence community,” Garcia said. “John Cornyn will have to choose: toe the Trump Party’s line or protect our country. We’re not holding our breath that John Cornyn will make a better decision this time.”

Ratcliffe won in a landslide victory during the November 2018 election, defeating Democratic Party candidate Catherine Krantz and Libertarian Party candidate Ken Ashby.

Ratcliffe defeated longtime GOP incumbent Ralph Hall during the 2014 Republican Party primary, then won the position during the November general elections.

During his first term in the House of Representatives, Ratcliffe served on the House Homeland Security Committee, the Task Force on Combating Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel, the Transportation Security Subcommittee, the House Judiciary Committee, the Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee, the Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law Subcommittee, and was also the chair of the Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies Subcommittee.

Ratcliffe previously served as the four term mayor of Heath from 2004 to 2012. He also served Rockwall County and the surrounding areas as the United States Attorney from 2007 to 2008.

The announcement has some major implications for next week’s Republican Party primary election,

Ratcliffe is unopposed in seeking the GOP nomination for U.S. House District 4 post in Tuesday’s primary.

Ratcliffe was first elected to represent the district, which covers a large area of North Texas including Rockwall and Hunt counties, in 2014.

Trump’s announcement has some major implications for today’s Republican Party primary election,

Ratcliffe is unopposed in seeking the GOP nomination for U.S. House District 4 post in Tuesday’s primary.

Ratcliffe was first elected to represent the district, which covers a large area of North Texas including Rockwall and Hunt counties, in 2014.

Russell Foster, an IT specialist from Sherman, filed for the Democratic Party nomination for the office.

“The Congressman remains on the primary ballot and will be eligible to be the Republican nominee in the November general election pending the outcome of the presidential nomination and confirmation process,” said Rachel Stephens, Ratcliff’s Communicatons Director.

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