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Tom Ridge was a former Congressman and Pennsylvania governor who was appointed head of Homeland Security by President George W. Bush.
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Born on August 26, 1946, in Munhall, Pennsylvania, Tom Ridge served in Vietnam and worked as an attorney before winning a Congressional seat in the early 1980s. As a Republican, he was elected governor of Pennsylvania in 1994. He held the position until he was appointed director and then secretary of the Office of Homeland Security post-9/11, later writing a book connected to his experiences.
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