AUSTIN, Texas (AP)
— Former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge was in important situation Thursday after present process an emergency coronary heart process at a hospital in Austin.
A Ridge spokesman mentioned the 72-year-old Ridge, Pennsylvania’s Republican governor from 1995 to 2001, was attending the Republican Governors Association convention when he known as for badist at his lodge at about 7 a.m.
The spokesman, Steve Aaron, mentioned Ridge underwent a cardiac catheterization at Dell Seton Medical Center on the University of Texas. He mentioned Ridge has been responsive with physicians.
Ridge was the nation’s first homeland safety secretary, serving below President George W. Bush till February 2005. He left the governorship after the terrorist badaults of Sept. 11, 2001, to hitch the Bush administration.
He managed the far-flung division, composed of 22 businesses and about 180,000 staff by the point he left. He turned identified for color-coded terror alerts and advocating “disaster kits,” triggering a 2003 run on duct tape and plastic sheeting.
Since leaving authorities, Ridge has headed Ridge Global, a agency that advises on cyber safety, worldwide safety and threat administration. Aaron mentioned Ridge was attending the convention for Ridge Global.
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Ridge and his spouse, Michelle, dwell in Bethesda, Maryland.
Ridge is a U.S. Marine Corps fight veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a county prosecutor and a six-term congressman from Erie earlier than being elected governor in 1994.
As governor, he led an anti-crime push that included a particular legislative session, lower taxes, established constitution faculties and deregulated utilities. He additionally signed off on a large improve in pension advantages for state employees and academics, a choice that continues to trigger issues for state and native authorities budgets.
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