Aide says former Pa. Gov. Tom Ridge victim of a stroke

Written by on June 17, 2021

Aide says former Pa. Gov. Tom Ridge victim  of a stroke

By The Associated Press and Tyler Pratt /WLVR

June 17, 2021

FILE- This Oct. 22, 2009 file photo shows former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Ridge is out of the hospital more than two weeks after suffering a heart attack and is continuing his recovery in a Texas rehabilitation facility. A Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 statement issued through a family spokesman quoted Ridge saying he’s making great progress and feeling much better. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari, file)

Former Gov. Tom Ridge was hospitalized June 16. A longtime aide says he suffered a stroke.

Ridge spokesman Steve Aaron says he was taken by ambulance June 16 from his home in Bethesda, Maryland, to a hospital. 

Ridge was conscious upon arrival at the hospital and underwent a procedure to remove a blood clot. He describes Ridge as being in critical but stable condition. 

The 75-year-old was Pennsylvania’s Republican governor from 1995 to 2001. 

Ridge joined the administration of President George W. Bush in the aftermath of 9/11 to become the country’s first Secretary of Homeland Security.

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