State and local Government Project

By: Ivan Chng, Aadesh Sharma, and Lalith Sibbala

Part 1

Bennett Ratliff

He represents District 115, which includes parts of Coppell, Irving, Farmers Branch and Carrollton.

About Bennet Ratliff

  • graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

  • received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1983.

  • founded The Ratliff Group, LLC, an engineering and construction management firm.

  • was given the Distinguished Engineering Award from the Texas Engineering Foundation of the Society of Professional Engineers in recognition of his distinguished service to the engineering profession.

  • is an active member of local Republican clubs, Chambers of Commerce, the CISD Education Foundation, a volunteer for Special Olympics, a mentor to high school engineering students and a member of the National Rifle Association.

How many students attend Coppell ISD?

9955 students

What percentage of the population in this district is between the ages of 18-64?


What percentage of the district attained a college education?


What occupation in is the most worked in the district? How does that compare to the rest of the state?

The occupation most worked is Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management which makes up 18.8% of the workforce in the district, compared to the state that only has 10.6%.

Part 2

Veterans Commission

Their mission is to guarantee that Texas veterans and their families receive all the rights and entitlements provided for veterans by law. Their main function is to provide financial assistance to these veterans and to help the veterans of Texas, their dependents and orphans.

How does the Agency impact the residents of Texas?

  • serve veterans with professionalism and compassion while preserving the veterans’ dignity

  • Determines compensation and pension recipients by evaluating and auditing reports for the past 10 years

  • provide effective representation and assistance on issues and claims to veterans, their dependents and their survivors in obtaining veterans’ benefits to which they are entitled.

What are 3 different professions/jobs within the Agency?

  • trainer

  • salesman (get the word out)

  • Management


So basically The Department of Veterans Affairs announced plans for a new customer service bureau to help train employees to focus on customer satisfaction and make the department more accountable to the millions of veterans it serves. So that veterans will have a clear understanding of V.A. and where to go for what they need.