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Congressman John Ratcliffe

Representing the 4th District of Texas

Texas Congressman-elect John Ratcliffe named as Cybersecurity Subcommittee Chairman

January 5, 2015
Press Release


Contact: Shayne L. Martin


WASHINGTON DC – Congressman-elect John Ratcliffe has been named as the next subcommittee chairman on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies. The 113th Congress passed the first major legislative effort to protect our homeland against cybersecurity threats in a decade. In the 114th Congress, Cybersecurity will be a top priority.

With the announcement of his subcommittee chairmanship, Congressman Ratcliffe said, “The protection of our American values, business, and way of life is in jeopardy unless we, as a country, take a strong stance against cybersecurity threats. Allowing foreign countries and terrorists to threaten our infrastructure and freedom of speech will not be tolerated,” said Ratcliffe.

Some of our most malicious threats come from those who wish to do our country harm by shutting down our power grid, energy or water systems. “With cases such as the Target and Home Depot security breaches, The hack on Sony, and countless other attacks by groups wishing to cause harm in any way to our infrastructure, business, and way of life, I will work diligently with all members of the subcommittee to provide aggressive solutions to protect our homeland” said Ratcliffe.

Chairman McCaul added, “I am pleased to announce fellow Texan, John Ratcliffe, as the chairman of the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies. His experience as Chief of Anti-Terrorism and National Security for the Eastern District of Texas at the U.S. Department of Justice will prove invaluable as the U.S. continues to face growing terror threats and cyber-attacks at home and abroad. I have no doubt John will be a suitable and natural leader for this subcommittee. I look forward to working with him to create a stronger and more effective approach to our national security.”

“I want to thank Chairman McCaul, a fellow Texan, for this opportunity to provide a conservative voice to this invaluable subcommittee” said Ratcliffe. “I have always stood for a strong defense of the homeland and part of having a strong national defense is a robust and active cybersecurity policy. As the subcommittee chairman,  my top priority will be the protection of our nation’s critical infrastructure from cyber-attacks and to provide strong solutions to diminish cybersecurity threats against America that incorporate a limited-government approach that does not add to our budget deficits” Ratcliffe added.