The almanac

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011.
By United Press International
Security firms partner

Security firms partner

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Washington companies Ridge Global and Global Emergency Solutions will work together to provide integrated emergency planning and response services.

Ridge supports neighbor in beating case

ERIE, Pa., Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge sent a letter asking a judge for leniency on behalf of a neighbor convicted of badly beating a young child.
Ridge backs off accusations of pressure

Ridge backs off accusations of pressure

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge backed off comments that he was pressured to raise the terror level before the 2004 presidential elections.
Ridge: Advisers tried to raise alert level

Ridge: Advisers tried to raise alert level

WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge said he squashed a plan to raise the terror alert level just before the 2004 general election.

Ridge: Detainees deserved due process

WASHINGTON, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge says the United States was wrong not to give terror suspects due process protections.
Ridge calls McCain America's go-to guy

Ridge calls McCain America's go-to guy

ST. PAUL, Minn., Sept. 4 (UPI) -- John McCain knows America and the world's security and prosperity are linked, former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge told Republican delegates in St. Paul, Minn.
Ridge appearance stokes VP speculation

Ridge appearance stokes VP speculation

ERIE, Pa., Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Speculation is rife that former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge has emerged as a top Republican vice presidential candidate, political analysts say.

Homeland security conference planned

WASHINGTON, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- CapitalSource, Civitas Group and USBX Advisory Services announced they have again partnered to host the Homeland Security Investor Conference in Washington.

Former DHS chief Ridge hangs out shingle

WASHINGTON, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge has launched a worldwide consulting business; clients include the Albanian government led by Sali Berisha.

Former Homeland Security chief to consult

NEW YORK, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- A former U.S. homeland security secretary has been hired by New York-based IDO Security for consulting on a footwear weapons detection system.

Ridge to help probe Va. Tech rampage

BLACKSBURG, Va., April 19 (UPI) -- Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine has asked former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge to review actions taken by Virginia Tech in Monday's massacre.

Ridge brings expertise to travel group

WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge has joined the newly formed Discover America Partnership to explore ways to balance travel and security.

Chertoff: No sign of attack on U.S.

WASHINGTON, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff says there is no sign of an impending U.S. attack following the alleged airliner bomb plot in Britain. Chertoff appeared Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press" as part of a round of interviews Sunday.

Ridge says Katrina response too slow

WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge suggested a stronger regional structure might have speeded the response to Hurricane Katrina.
Page 2 of 34
Tom Ridge
Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge speaks to members of his department at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington on March 6, 2008. The Department of Homeland Security is celebrating its 5th anniversary. (UPI Photo/Alexis C. Glenn)

Thomas Joseph "Tom" Ridge (born August 26, 1945) is an American politician who served as a member of the United States House of Representatives (1983–1995), the 43rd Governor of Pennsylvania (1995–2001), Assistant to the President for Homeland Security (2001–2003), and the first United States Secretary of Homeland Security (2003–2005). Since re-entering the private sector, Ridge has served on the boards of The Home Depot, The Hershey Company and Exelon Corporation and as a senior advisor to Deloitte & Touche, and TechRadium. Ridge is also the founder and CEO of Ridge Global, LLC, a Washington, D.C. based security consulting firm. Ridge spent time campaigning with Senator John McCain during his 2008 bid for the presidency and was believed by some to have been in the short list of potential running mates.

Ridge was born in Munhall, Pennsylvania, in Pittsburgh's Steel Valley, the oldest of three children. His parents were Laura (née Sudimack) and Thomas Regis Ridge, who was a traveling salesman and Navy veteran. Ridge's maternal grandparents were Carpatho-Rusyn immigrants from the former Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia), and his paternal great-grandparents emigrated from Great Britain. Ridge was raised in veterans' public housing in Erie, Pennsylvania. He was educated at St. Andrews Elementary School and Cathedral Preparatory School and did well both academically and in sports. He earned a scholarship to Harvard College, where he paid his way through with construction work, played intramural baseball and football, and graduated with honors in 1967.

After his first year at the Dickinson School of Law, he was drafted into the United States Army, where he served as an infantry staff sergeant in the 23rd Infantry Division during the Vietnam War. He earned the Bronze Star, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation with Palm, and the Combat Infantryman Badge. Later, he was offered a commission as an officer but turned it down when he learned that it would require an extra year of service.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.
It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Tom Ridge."
Most Popular
Viral video shows grouper swallow shark off fisherman's reel in one terrifying gulp
Stephanie Jacobsen joins cast of 'NCIS'
Anna Nicole Smith's estate loses bid for ex J. Howard Marshall's millions
New York Post defies #ISISMediablackout with graphic James Foley cover
Tennessee student kicked out of class for saying 'bless you'