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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
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Michael Chertoff
1st United States Homeland Security Advisor
In office
September 20, 2001 – January 24, 2003
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by John Gordon
43rd Governor of Pennsylvania
In office
January 17, 1995 – October 5, 2001
Lieutenant Mark Schweiker
Preceded by Robert Casey
Succeeded by Mark Schweiker
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 21st district
In office
January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1995
Preceded by Donald Bailey
Succeeded by Phil English
Personal details
Born
Thomas Joseph Ridge

August 26, 1945 (1945-08-26) (age 74)
Munhall, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Michele Ridge
Children 2
Education Harvard University (BA)
Dickinson School of Law (JD)
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Branch/service  United States Army
Rank Army-USA-OR-06.svg Staff sergeant
Unit 23rd Infantry Division
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Awards Bronze 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.

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.



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