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Rep. Ratcliffe commends students on completion of congressional internship in Sherman office

Washington, DC, August 10, 2018

Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) congratulated Robert Tipps, Zachary Belew and Chance Farmer today for their successful completion of a congressional internship in his Sherman district office this summer.

“I’d like to thank Robert, Zachary and Chance for their hard work in my Sherman district office this summer. Serving 700,000 people across 18 counties in Northeast Texas wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for the selfless contributions from young folks like them who have such an inspiring heart for civil service,” Ratcliffe said.

Robert Tipps

Robert Tipps and Rep. John RatcliffeRobert Tipps and Rep. John Ratcliffe

Tipps graduated from Frisco Centennial High School in 2014. He is a senior at Texas A&M University-Commerce studying political science. He is involved in College Republicans, the Zeta Gamma Chapter of the Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society and is a Model Arab League Delegate. In his free time, he enjoys singing and hosting karaoke.

Tipps said he was grateful for the opportunity to learn about the research that goes into writing memos on legislation, as well as engaging with constituents about the work being done in Washington, D.C. and in the district on their behalf.

“Although the length of the internship was only through the summer, the experience was enlightening and enjoyable thanks to the district staff: Jason, Jamie, and Michele, who were always available to help,” Tipps said.

“I hope that someday I am able to work alongside the great people I’ve worked with in the office. Thank you for this amazing opportunity to be a part of your office for the summer.”

Zachary Belew

Zachary Belew and Rep. John Ratcliffe

Belew graduated from Grapevine Colleyville ISD in 2016. He is a sophomore at the University of Texas at Austin studying government. He is involved in College Republicans at Texas and also interned with the Republican Party of Texas at Austin.

Belew said his internship in Ratcliffe’s office taught him how the federal government works on a day-to-day basis to serve the people of the country, and how congressional staff interacts with local, county and state officials in a coordinated effort for an efficient government.

“From day one it has been such a positive experience and has given me valuable insights as to the inner workings of the federal government,” Belew said.

Chance Farmer

Rep. John Ratcliffe and Chance Farmer

Farmer graduated from Pottsboro High School in 2014. He is a senior at the University of North Texas studying communications with a minor in public administration. He is involved in Beta Upsilon Chi and is the vice president of finance and administration for IFC Order of Omega.

He also serves as the assistant director of Ring Programming for the Student Alumni Ambassadors, as the director of Scholarship and Achievement for the Greek Community Board and on the SGA Executive Board. 

Farmer said his internship taught him about the daily operations of the government, specifically within a district office, and about how to research federal law.

“I was surprised most by how much the district offices truly do for the constituents and how much the congressman does for the district on a daily basis,” Famer said.

Despite only recently becoming interested in politics, Farmer said he plans to work in government relations and potentially run for office.