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Ratliff Recognized with First Session Awards

Best of Dallas Area Freshmen in the Texas House - Dallas Morning News

Top 10 Most Influential Freshmen - Capitol Inside

Freshman Most Likely to Succeed - Texas Monthly

Champion for Free Enterprise - Texas Association of Business

Legislative Honor Roll - Texas PTA

Lone Star Conservative Leader - Texas Conservative Roundtable

Legislative “Champion” - Texas Retired Teachers Association

“A” Rated Conservative - Texas Future Business Alliance

Nominated for “Texan of the Year in Education” - Dallas Morning News

Ratliff speaks to students

This spring, Representative Ratliff has been honored to have the opportunity to speak to students about Texas government, current political issues and the importance of voting.  Dr. Parker Hevron, Political Science Professor at TWU, invited Rep. Ratliff to talk about elections and current political issues in Texas with his undergraduate political science students, and Marisa Garza, a senior at New Tech High School in Coppell ISD, invited Rep. Ratliff to speak to graduating seniors about the importance of voting as part of her graduation capstone project.  ”I’m always honored to speak to students about the Texas Legislative process and their duty to express their opinion on election day” said Rep. Ratliff.  If your class would like to have Rep. Ratliff speak to you about the Texas Legislature, please contact us.

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Ratliff serves as Honorary Mathcounts Chairman

Rep. Ratliff was named the Honorary Chairman of the State Mathcounts competition in Austin on March 22, 2014.  Mathcounts is a nationwide program that promotes math excellence for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students and combines the efforts of the education, business, government and the technological communities. It is a math skills coaching program based on higher thinking skills development with a series of progressive competitions at local, state and national levels. It motivates students to do well in math and recognizes and rewards them for achievement. The program also gives the math teachers an incentive to excel in their classrooms.

Rep. Ratliff said “I am proud to be involved in the Mathcounts program to encourage and recognize great students to excel in math skills that will serve them well in their future.  The teachers and coaches of the teams do an exceptional job preparing their students, the ‘mathletes’, for the competition and for success in STEM classes. I was honored to be involved in the competition and recognize the winners.”

Ratliff receives Distinguished Engineering Award

Rep. Bennett Ratliff, P.E. has been named as 2013 Distinguished Engineer by the Texas Engineering Foundation of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers in Recognition of his distinguished service to the Engineering Profession.  Rep. Ratliff stated “I am truly honored and humbled to be recognized by my peers in the engineering profession for this prestigious honor”.

Thank you!

The final votes have been tallied, the results are now final and the voters in the Republican primary have selected Matt Rinaldi to be their candidate in the general election in November.  I have reached out to Mr. Rinaldi to congratulate him and wished him the best moving forward.

I sincerely appreciate the support and encouragement of my friends, colleagues and supporters across the district and the State who worked so hard during this campaign and stood with us and for us and our community.  I have been honored to represent you, and Beccy and I have been humbled by your kindness, friendship and trust.  We remain committed to our shared conservative values; our common sense of purpose to our friends, neighbors and community; and continuing to make Texas the beacon of hope for our country.

It has been my honor to walk into the Capitol of our great state and serve you during my term, and I will continue to work for you through the end of this year.  Please let us know if we may be of any assistance and we look forward to seeing you around town sometime soon.

God Bless Texas,

Bennett Ratliff

Ratliff honored as “Crime Fighter of the Year”

The North Texas Crime Commission has honored Representative Bennett Ratliff with the “Crime Fighter of the Year” Award for his work in the 83rd Legislative Session.  Rep. Ratliff thanks the law enforcement community for this honor and for their service to protect and serve the citizens of Texas.

DMN Recommends Ratliff in District 115 Race

“In his first term, Ratliff, 52, proved himself capable of important work as an emerging leader in the House. A civil engineer by trade, Ratliff landed heavyweight committee assignments on Appropriations and Public Education, and put his shoulder behind the toughest issues, including school funding and infrastructure questions.

The website Capitol Inside named him among the most influential freshmen; Texas Monthly chose him as the freshman most likely to succeed.

Importantly for his district, Bennett displays a deeper, more realistic grasp of the issues, as with his pragmatic approaches to education and transportation funding, compared with the ideologically driven Rinaldi. Ratliff stands firmly in the GOP’s problem-solving wing, Rinaldi in the Ted Cruz wing. Political theology is a valuable starting point for a candidate, but an actual officeholder needs more to be effective.” – Dallas Morning News

Read the entire Dallas Morning News Editorial HERE


“Keep Texas Working” Endorses Ratliff

“Representative Ratliff has a proven track record on the issues that have made Texas the envy of the nation and the best place to live, work and raise a family.  From fighting against higher taxes and federal government overreach, to balancing a budget and working to promote education, water and transportation infrastructure, Representative Ratliff has a record that will keep our economy growing and keep Texans working. Bennett Ratliff has stood tall for Texas, and we are proud to stand with him,” said Luke Bellsnyder, Keep Texas Working PAC Treasurer.

“Representative Ratliff a Champion of Texas Manufacturing”

“Manufacturing is a driving engine of the Texas economy and we proudly support candidates who consistently work to keep manufacturing in Texas strong,” said Tony Bennett, President of the Texas Association of Manufacturers. “Representative Ratliff has been tireless in his efforts to advance a strong manufacturing climate in Texas and he’s the right choice for his district.”


Parent Organization Endorses Ratliff

“In his first term as a lawmaker in 2013, Bennett Ratliff served with distinction on the Texas House Appropriations Committee and the Public Education Committee,” said Carolyn Boyle, Texas Parent PAC chair. “Bennett proved he has the expertise to address school finance reform and other complex issues, and he earned the respect of his legislative peers and constituents.”

“Bennett Ratliff is the pro-public education candidate in this primary race,” said Texas Parent PAC Vice-Chair Dinah Miller of Dallas. “He understands how a world-class education can prepare children to be successful in work and life.” Miller said parents especially appreciated that he was an articulate advocate for children with disabilities.

Police Officers Endorse Ratliff

TMPA, the state’s largest law enforcement association, CLEAT, the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, and the Dallas Police Officers Association have endorsed Rep. Bennett Ratliff (Coppell) in his bid for re-election to House District 115 for the Texas House of Representatives.

Lon Craft, Director of Legislative Affairs of TMPA says that after interviewing Bennett Ratliff and polling law enforcement officers from the area, they are convinced that he is the best man for the job. “We are confident that he will continue to be a strong voice for law enforcement in the Texas Legislature, a staunch defender of the Constitution and as tough as nails on crime.”  Craft said.

“We need Bennett Ratliff’s tough on crime attitude, dedication and staunch defense of the constitution working for us in the Texas Legislature.” Craft said. “Therefore it is without hesitation that we whole-heartedly support him in his re-election bid to the Texas House.”

Ratliff Endorsed by Over 60 Republican and Community Leaders

Ratliff has released a list of over 60 current and former officeholders who have endorsed his candidacy. The endorsement list includes Congressman Kenny Marchant, the Mayors of Carrollton, Coppell and Farmers Branch, and the overwhelming majority of elected officials that currently represent the citizens of District 115.

 “I am truly humbled to have the support of so many Republican and community leaders from northwest Dallas County as well as across Texas. I look forward to returning to Austin and continuing to represent the families and conservative values of District 115.”

To see a list of Rep. Ratliff’s Endorsements, click HERE.

NRA & TSRA Endorse Ratliff for Re-Election

The NRA Political Victory Fund has announced that Representative Ratliff has received an A rating and the endorsement of the NRA for reelection in the 2014 election.  The endorsement letter states that Rep. Ratliff’s “…rating and endorsement are based on…your strong record of support for issues of importance to gun owners and sportsmen in the Texas Legislature.”

Alice Tripp, Legislative Director for the Texas Rifle Association PAC, writes “The Political Action Committee of the Texas State Rifle Association…is pleased to announce to its members and all Texans that you are the “A” rated and endorsed candidate for the 2014 election cycle.…based on your voting record and continued support for 2nd Amendment rights…”


Ratliff Named “A” Rated Conservative by Texas Future Business Alliance

“Texas is a great place to live, work, and raise a family because our elected officials have made tough decisions over the years – decisions about our education, business, and economic infrastructure.

We recognize your State Representative BENNETT RATLIFF, for his work during the 83rd Legislative Session supporting the important issues which will continue to drive Texas’ unprecedented record of success.”


Texas PTA Names Ratliff to Legislative Honor Roll

Austin, Texas – Today members of Texas PTA named Representative Bennett Ratliff to PTA’s Legislative Honor Roll for his work during the 83rd session of the Texas Legislature.

 In Rep. Ratliff’s first session in the Texas House he made a mark, serving on both House Appropriations and House Public Education Committees, two very prestigious committees. Rep. Ratliff filed legislation to reform assessment in 3rd – 8th grades, legislation to further direct the activities of the High Performance Schools Consortium, to identify developmentally appropriate assessment tools for kindergarteners, and several pieces of legislation to address various issues for students with disabilities including allowing for the creation of up to 5 charter schools for students with specific disabilities, and adding a public school option for parents, all thoughtful and considered pieces of public policy.

 “Rep. Ratliff was well-prepared for his first session, asking relevant questions, engaging in meaningful debate, and filing thoughtful legislation. He contributed thoughtfully to the debate in the House Education Committee. His role as part of the House Floor Team when HB 5 was debated was crucial to its success. Texas PTA looks forward to working with him in the years to come,” stated Diane Dobis, PTA Council President of Carrollton Farmers Branch Independent School District.