“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 FUTURE BUSINESS ALLIANCE
Freshman Republican State Representative Bennett Ratliff (R-Coppell) formally filed for reelection on Saturday with the Dallas County Republican Party. The primary election date is Tuesday, March 4, 2014. Prior to serving in the legislature, Ratliff served nine years as a local school board member.
Ratliff serves on the Appropriations and Public Education Committees in the Texas House, and is recognized as a leader in the Legislature on Public Education issues. During his first session, Ratliff helped restore $5.6 billion in public school funding, helped pass reforms that eliminated “high-stakes testing,” and led efforts to fully fund the state’s Teacher Retirement System while balancing the budget, providing tax cuts to small businesses and increasing budget transparency and accuracy.
As a result of his successful first term, Ratliff has received numerous awards, including “Freshman Most Likely to Succeed” from Texas Monthly, “Best of Dallas Area’s Freshman Class in Texas House” from The Dallas Morning News, “Top 10 Most Influential Freshmen” from Capitol Inside, “Legislative Honor Roll” from the Texas PTA, “Lone Star Conservative Leader” from Texas Conservative Roundtable, “Champion of Free Enterprise” from the Texas Association of Business, “Top of the Freshman Power Chart” from Capitol Inside, and “Champion” from the Texas Retired Teachers Association. He has also been mentioned as a candidate for Texan of the Year in Education by The Dallas Morning News.
Ratliff represents northwest Dallas County, including parts of Addison, Carrollton, Coppell, Dallas, Farmers Branch, and Irving. A local businessman and engineer, Ratliff and his wife, Beccy, live in Coppell. They have three adult children and attend Irving Bible Church.
Rep. Bennett Ratliff received the highest honor given by the Texas Association of Business by being named a Champion of Free Enterprise for his strong conservative voting record to protect small businesses in the State of Texas and continue to grow the Texas economy.
“Voting for the interests of Texas businesses helps everyone,” said TAB President and CEO Bill Hammond. “It means our economy will continue to grow and our employment picture will continue to improve. We may still face tough economic times in the future because of federal policies, but at least we will maintain a leg up in Texas because of the actions of our pro-business Legislature and our pro-business state leadership.”
State Representative Bennett Ratliff has been nominated by Speaker Joe Straus to attend the National Conference of State Legislators Symposium for Emerging Leaders. Ratliff is the only Texas State Representative to be nominated and will be attending on behalf of the State of Texas.
“I am honored to be recognized as an emerging leader in our Texas Legislature and to be asked to represent the Great State of Texas at the national level. I look forward to continuing to take a leadership role in the Texas House next session and appreciate Speaker Straus for nominating me for this opportunity.”
The Texas Conservative Roundtable has named Rep. Ratliff as a “Lone Star Conservative Leader” for his voting record during the 83rd Texas Legislature. This is their highest honor for legislators and shows Rep. Ratliff’s commitment to keeping Texas a great place to live, raise a family, and start and grow a business.
The Texas Conservative Roundtable is a nonpartisan coalition of concerned business leaders and citizens who have come together to ensure that Texas remains a national and world leader for economic activity and quality of life. The TCR expects our elected officials to maintain low taxes, a streamlined and predictable regulatory environment, a reliable infrastructure, and a transparent and efficient government.