Tom Ridge Biography

U.S. Representative, Governor, Government Official (1945–)
Tom Ridge was a former Congressman and Pennsylvania governor who was appointed head of Homeland Security by President George W. Bush.


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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