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William Richard Ratchford Edit Profile

United States Representative from Connecticut

William Richard Ratchford, former United States Representative from Connecticut. Recipient Distinguished Service award, Danbury Chamber of Commerce, 1964, Leadership award, Citizens Conference State Legislators, 1971, State Voc. Teachers award, 1973. Member Connecticut National Guard 1959-1965. Member Phi Beta Kappa.


Ratchford, William Richard was born on May 24, 1934 in Danbury, Connecticut, United States.


Bachelor in Political Science, University Connecticut, 1956. Juris Doctor, Georgetown University, 1959.


Partner Papazoglov, Ratchford & Garamella, Danbury, 1960-1977. Member Connecticut General Assembly, 1960-1974, speaker, 1969—1972. Commissioner on aging State of Connecticut, Hartford, 1977-1978.

Member United States Congress from 5th Connecticut District, Washington, 1979—1985. Principal Gold & Leibengood, 1985-1993. Associate administrator for congressional affairs General Services Administration (General Services Administration), 1993—2001.

Vice president Jefferson Government Relations, 2001—2011. Delaware Connecticut State Democratic Conventions, 1960—1974, Democratic National Convention, 1972, 84. Adjunct professor Georgetown University, 1986—1993.

Member Governor's Blue Ribbon Committee on Nursing Homes, Connecticut, 1975—1976.


Member Connecticut National Guard 1959-1965. Member Phi Beta Kappa.


Married Barbara Ratchford. 3 children.

Barbara Ratchford