Rep. James Ratliff of Imboden is serving his third term in the Arkansas House of Representatives. He represents District 60, which includes Lawrence County, and parts of Greene and Independence counties.
For the 90th General Assembly, he serves on the committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development, the committee on Education, the Committee on Rules, the Arkansas Legislative Council, the Joint Committee on Energy, the Joint Committee on Public Retirement and Social Security Programs, Arkansas State Game and Fish Commission Oversight Committee, the Rural Fire Departments Study Committee, and the Legislative Joint Auditing Committee.
For the 89th General Assembly, he served on the committee on Education, the committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development and the Arkansas Legislative Council.
For the 88th General Assembly, he served on the committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development, where he chaired the Subcommittee on Forestry and Natural Resources. He also served on the Judiciary Committee, the Joint Performance Review Committee, and the Rural Fire Departments Study Committee.
Rep. Ratliff graduated from Lynn High School. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Arkansas State University. He has been a board member of the Arkansas Fair Managers Association, and the Lawrence County chapter of the Farm Bureau. He was president of the Lawrence County Fair and is a member of the Lawrence/Randolph Cattle Association. He is a former quorum court member. A high school agriculture teacher, he has been recognized Agriculture Teacher of the Year three times.
In his free time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, and playing with his grandkids. He and his wife, Georgia, attend the Baptist Church. They have two grown children.