About Tom Ridge
Tom Ridge Following 9/11 President George W. Bush created the Office of Homeland Security and named Tom Ridge Secretary (2003–2005). Prior to serving in the cabinet – Governor Ridge was a member of Congress (1983–1995) representing northwestern Pennsylvania. Ridge was notable as the first enlisted Vietnam combat veteran elected to the U.S. House. Congressman Ridge ran for Governor of Pennsylvania and became the 43rd Governor of Pennsylvania (1995–2001). After his public life – he joined the boards of The Home Depot – The Hershey Company and Exelon Corporation. Governor Ridge is also the founder and CEO of Ridge Global – LLC – a Washington – D.C. based security consulting firm.