Tom Ridge

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Tom Ridge
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1st United States Secretary of Homeland Security
In office
January 24, 2003 – February 1, 2005
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byJames M. Loy (Acting)
1st United States Homeland Security Advisor
In office
September 20, 2001 – January 24, 2003
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byJohn Gordon
43rd Governor of Pennsylvania
In office
January 17, 1995 – October 5, 2001
LieutenantMark Schweiker
Preceded byRobert Casey
Succeeded byMark Schweiker
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 21st district
In office
January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1995
Preceded byDonald Bailey
Succeeded byPhil English
Personal details
Born
Thomas Joseph Ridge

(1945-08-26) August 26, 1945 (age 73)
Munhall, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Michele Ridge
Children2
EducationHarvard University (BA)
Dickinson School of Law (JD)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
RankArmy-USA-OR-06.svg Staff sergeant
Unit23rd Infantry Division
Battles/warsVietnam War
AwardsBronze Star
National Defense Service Medal
Vietnam Service Medal
Vietnam Campaign Medal
Vietnam Gallantry Cross
Combat Infantryman Badge

Thomas Joseph "Tom" Ridge (born August 26, 1945) is an American politician.

Ridge served as the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security from 2001 to 2003, and the first United States Secretary of Homeland Security from 2003 to 2005.[1]

Ridge was a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1983 to 1995 and the 43rd Governor of Pennsylvania from 1995 to 2001. He is a member of the Republican Party.

References[change | change source]

  1. BBC News (9 November 2004). "Profile: Tom Ridge". BBC News.

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