Factbox: New top U.S. spy Ratcliffe known for fierce loyalty to Trump - 2020-05-22
Ratcliffe, a Republican, was a U.S. attorney and then mayor of Heath, Texas, before he came to the House in 2015. Now 54, Ratcliffe was the most junior member of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee - with just six months on the panel - when Trump announced on July 28, 2019, that he wanted him to be the top official in charge of the U.S. intelligence community.
Trump abruptly abandoned the plan - blaming the media on Twitter - five days later after members of Congress worried Ratcliffe was too inexperienced, too partisan and amid reports that he had padded his resume by overstating his role in prosecuting terrorism cases.
Trump nominated Ratcliffe again on Feb. 28, after the country had gone since mid-August without a Senate-confirmed Director of National Intelligence, by far the longest period without one since the position was created.