Michael Chertoff

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Michael Chertoff
Michael Chertoff, official DHS photo portrait, 2007.jpg
2nd United States Secretary of Homeland Security
In office
February 15, 2005 – January 21, 2009
President George W. Bush
Barack Obama
Preceded by James M. Loy (Acting)
Succeeded by Janet Napolitano
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
In office
June 10, 2003 – February 15, 2005
Nominated by George W. Bush
Preceded by Morton Greenberg
Succeeded by Michael Chagares
United States Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division
In office
2001–2003
President George W. Bush
Preceded by James K. Robinson
Succeeded by Christopher A. Wray
U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey
In office
1990–1994
President George H. W. Bush
Bill Clinton
Preceded by Samuel Alito
Succeeded by Faith Hochberg
Personal details
Born November 28, 1953 (1953-11-28) (age 63)
Elizabeth, New Jersey, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Meryl Justin (1988–present)
Children Philip
Emily
Education Harvard University (A.B., J.D.)
Religion Judaism[1]

Michael Chertoff (born November 28, 1953) is an American attorney. He was the second United States Secretary of Homeland Security under President George W. Bush. He was the co-author of the USA PATRIOT Act. He served as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, as a federal prosecutor, and as Assistant U.S. Attorney General. He succeeded Tom Ridge as U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security on February 15, 2005.

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