John Ratcliffe

John Ratcliffe

Former Visiting Fellow, National Security, Cybersecurity, and Intelligence, Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy

John Ratcliffe was a Visiting Fellow for national security, cybersecurity, and intelligence at The Heritage Foundation.

This expert is no longer a staff member at The Heritage Foundation.

John Ratcliffe was a Visiting Fellow for national security, cybersecurity, and intelligence in The Heritage Foundation’s Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy.

At Heritage, Ratcliffe focused on chairing a project to hold China accountable for COVID-19, advising Heritage leadership on national security and intelligence policy, and helping Project 2025 build out policy recommendations for intelligence reform in the next presidential administration. 

Ratcliffe served as Director of National Intelligence from May 2020 until the end of the Trump Administration. As DNI, he oversaw the U.S. intelligence community and directed the National Intelligence Program. 

Prior to the Trump administration, he represented Texas’ 4th District in Congress from 2015 until 2020. He served as a strong conservative member, sitting on the Judiciary, Homeland Security, and Intelligence committees and serving as ranking member of the Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security subcommittee.