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Tom Ridge


Tom Ridge, Secretary of Homeland Security
Thomas Joseph Ridge (born August 26, 1946) is the first director of the United States Secretary of Homeland Security.

"Prior to his current appointment, Secretary Ridge served as Assistant to the President for the Office of Homeland Security. Previously, he was a twice-elected Governor of Pennsylvania, serving from 1995 to 2001. In addition, he was elected to Congress in 1982 and was re-elected six times. "After he received his law degree, Secretary Ridge was in private practice before becoming assistant district attorney in Erie County. He also served as an infantry staff sergeant in Vietnam, earning the Bronze Star for Valor. He is a graduate of Harvard University and received his J.D. from Dickinson School of Law."

From http://www.results.gov/leadership/bio_372

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