Director of National Intelligence

Director of National Intelligence

John Ratcliffe

DNI John Ratcliffe

John Ratcliffe was sworn in as Director of National Intelligence (DNI) on May 26, 2020. He is the sixth Senate-confirmed DNI in our nation’s history.


Prior to leading the U.S. Intelligence Community, Ratcliffe served three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives representing the Fourth District of Texas. He served on the House Intelligence, Judiciary, and Ethics Committees. From 2015 to 2019, he served on the Committee on Homeland Security and as chairman of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection Subcommittee.


Prior to his service in Congress, Ratcliffe served as a federal prosecutor, initially as the First Assistant U.S. Attorney and as the Chief of Anti-Terrorism and National Security for the Eastern District of Texas from 2005 to 2007. He then served as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas from 2007 to 2008, managing a combined staff of more than 100 federal employees. During his tenure, Ratcliffe managed a docket of 34 national security and terrorism-related matters and coordinated the district’s Joint Terrorism Task Force responsibilities.


In 2009, Ratcliffe joined former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft as a partner in Ashcroft Sutton Ratcliffe LLP. He also served eight years in a nonpartisan and unpaid role as the Mayor of Heath, Texas, from 2004 to 2012.


Ratcliffe earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and earned a law degree from Southern Methodist University, where he met his wife, Michele. They have two daughters.