Aide says former Homeland Security head Tom Ridge had stroke


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A longtime aide says former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge suffered a stroke in suburban Washington, D.C.

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

He says Ridge was conscious upon arrival at the hospital and underwent a procedure that removed a blood clot.

He describes Ridge as being in critical but stable condition.

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

He joined the administration of President George W. Bush in the aftermath of 9/11 to become the country’s first homeland security secretary.

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