The congressman representing Hunt County and much of Northeast Texas is once again in line to be the next Director of National Intelligence.
President Donald Trump tweeted Friday that he was nominating U.S. Representative John Ratcliffe of Fate for the position.
"I am pleased to announce the nomination of @RepRatcliffe (Congressman John Ratcliffe) to be Director of National Intelligence (DNI)," Trump said in the tweet, adding the process wold have been completed earlier, but that Ratcliffe wanted to wait until after the Investigator General’s report was finished.
“John is an outstanding man of great talent,” Trump said.
Ratcliffe was originally nominated for the position last summer, but later withdrew from contention.
The announcement has some major implications for next week’s Republican Party primary election,
Ratcliffe is unopposed in seeking the GOP nomination for the U.S. House District 4 post in Tuesday's primary.
Ratcliffe was first elected to represent the district, which covers a large area of North Texas including Rockwall and Hunt counties, in 2014.
Russell Foster, an IT specialist from Sherman, filed for the Democratic Party nomination for the office.