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HEATH, Texas — In a tweet Sunday, President Donald Trump announced former Heath mayor and District 4 Congressman John Ratcliffe as his nominee for Director of National Intelligence.

Current Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats is expected to leave office on August 15 with an acting director to be named shortly.

"I am pleased to announce that highly respected Congressman John Ratcliffe of Texas will be nominated by me to be the Director of National Intelligence," read Trump's tweet. "A former U.S. Attorney, John will lead and inspire greatness for the Country he loves."

With the nomination, Ratcliffe will undergo Senate confirmation hearings and, if appointed, a special election will be held to fill his congressional seat.

In November 2018, Ratcliffe was named on a short-list of potential replacements for U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Ratcliffe served as the mayor of Heath, Texas, from 2004 until 2012 and was elected to Texas' 4th District in 2015 where he currently serves on the Intelligence, Homeland Security, Judiciary, and Ethics Committees. He previously practiced law and was appointed as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas and additionally served as the Chief of Anti-Terrorism and National Security during the George W. Bush administration, also in the Eastern District of Texas.