Former Governor Tom Ridge Hospitalized

Sergio Conner
November 17, 2017

Former Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge remains in critical condition after an emergency heart procedure that took place on Thursday. "And we all know what a fighter he is", she said.

His spokesman Steve Aaron said Ridge called hotel staff Thursday morning for medical assistance.

Ridge was attending the Republican Governors Association conference at a Marriott Hotel in Austin.

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Ridge, a U.S. Army Veteran who served in Vietnam, left his Pennsylvania office to join the Bush administration as the nation's first Secretary for the newly-created Department of Homeland Security after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The family had not initially disclosed that he had a heart attack.

Ridge served as Governor of Pennsylvania for six years.

In recent years, Ridge has headed Ridge Global, a firm that advises on cyber security, worldwide security and risk management. His second term as governor was cut short after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, when President George W. Bush tapped him to be the nation's first homeland security director.

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