William R. Ratchford

William Richard Ratchford ( born May 24, 1934 in Danbury, Connecticut, † January 2, 2011 in Arlington, Virginia ) was an American politician. Between 1979 and 1985 he represented the state of Connecticut in the U.S. House of Representatives.


William Ratchford attended the public schools of his home, including the Danbury High School, graduating in 1952. Then he studied until 1956 at the University of Connecticut. After a subsequent law degree from Georgetown University and in 1959 made ​​his admission to the bar he began to practice in his new profession from 1960 in Danbury. Between 1959 and 1965 he was also a member of the National Guard of his state.

Politically Ratchford was a member of the Democratic Party. Between 1962 and 1974 he was a delegate in the House of Representatives from Connecticut; 1969 to 1973, he served as President of this chamber. In 1974 he ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. House of Representatives. In the years 1975 and 1976 he was a member of a committee that dealt with the sister 's homes in Connecticut; 1977 to 1978 he was aged agent of the government of his state. Between 1960 and 1974 Ratchford took part in all regional party days of the Democrats in Connecticut. 1972 and 1984 he was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention, on which the unsuccessful presidential candidate George McGovern and Walter Mondale were nominated.

1978 Ratchford in the fifth electoral district of Connecticut in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, DC chosen, where he became the successor of the Republican Ronald A. Sarasin on January 3, 1979. After two re- election he was able to complete in 1985 three contiguous legislatures in Congress until January 3. In the elections of 1984 he was defeated by Republican John G. Rowland. After the end of his time in the House of Representatives Ratchford initially worked as a lobbyist and as a lecturer at Georgetown University. Between 1993 and 2001 he was in the management of a service agency, hired General Services Administration (GSA ). He died on January 2, 2011 from the effects of Parkinson's disease.