Ratliff honored at retirement reception

Northeast Texas Community College recently held a reception to honor Gov. Bill Ratliff for his six years of service on the NTCC Board of Trustees. Ratliff announced his retirement from the board at the regular August meeting. Ratliff began serving in Place Five on the board in 2012. The board will appoint a new member to fill the vacant place and serve the remainder of Ratliff’s term, which will be up for election in 2020.

“We are certainly sad to lose Governor Ratliff from our board of trustees. His experience and knowledge of Texas politics and educational policy has been a huge asset to the college.  He truly embodies the spirit of a public servant and we are so grateful for his wise leadership and years of service on the Board,” Dr. Ron Clinton, NTCC President, said.

Ratliff served as a member of the Texas State Senate from 1988 to 2004. Between 2000 and 2003 he served as the 40th Lieutenant Governor of Texas after previous Lieutenant Governor Rick Perry succeeded to the governorship to replace George W. Bush who resigned to become U.S. President.

First elected in 1988 as a Republican to the Texas State Senate, he was appointed chairman of the Senate Education Committee in 1992 by Lieutenant Governor Bob Bullock. From 1997 to 1998, he served as President Pro Tempore of the Texas Senate.

Ratliff and his wife, the former Sally Sandlin, have three children and eight grandchildren.  Son Bennett Ratliff of Coppell was elected in 2012 to represent District 115 in the Texas House of Representatives. His son Thomas Ratliff, who is a Mount Pleasant resident, is the Republican Vice-Chairman of the Texas State Board of Education.

Ratliff announced in 2003 that he would not run for reelection to the State Senate in 2004  Instead he soon resigned the Senate seat and was succeeded in a special election by Republican Kevin Eltife of Tyler. In 2005, Ratliff was awarded the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award.