Thomas Joseph RIDGE, Congress, PA (1945)


RIDGE, Thomas Joseph, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Munhall, Allegheny County, Pa., August 26, 1945; attended St. Andrewâs School, Erie, Pa.; graduated from Cathedral Prep School, Erie, Pa., 1963; B.A., Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., 1967; J.D., Dickinson School of Law, Carlisle, Pa., 1972; United States Army, 1968-1970; lawyer, private practice; assistant district attorney, Erie County, Pa., 1972-1982; delegate, Republican National Convention, 1984; elected as a Republican to the Ninety-eighth and to the five succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1983-January 3, 1995); Governor of Pennsylvania, 1995-2001; Director, Office of Homeland Security, 2001-2003; Secretary of Homeland Security in the Cabinet of President George W. Bush, 2003-2005.


Ridge, Thomas J., with Lary Bloom. The Test of Our Times: America Under Siege...And How We Can Be Safe Again. New York: Thomas Dunne Books, 2009.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present