Michael Chertoff Fast Facts
Here is a look at the life of Michael Chertoff, former Secretary of Homeland Security.
Personal: Birth date: November 28, 1953
Birth place: Elizabeth, New Jersey
Birth name: Michael Chertoff
Father: Gershon Chertoff, rabbi
Mother: Livia Chertoff
Marriage: Meryl (Justin) Chertoff (1988-present)
Children: Philip; Emily
Education: Harvard University, BA, 1975; Harvard University, JD, 1978
Other Facts: Helped write the Patriot Act after September 11th terrorist attacks.
Played a key role in the government investigations of WorldCom, Enron and the accounting firm, Arthur Andersen.
Prosecuted the former boss of the Genovese crime family, Anthony "Fat Tony" Salerno, and the founder of Crazy Eddie electronics, Eddie Antar, and Jersey City Mayor Gerald McCann.
Timeline: 1978-1979 - Law clerk to Judge Murray Gurfein, U.S. Court of Appeals Second Circuit, New York.
1979-1980 - Serves as law clerk to Justice William Brennan, U.S. Supreme Court.
1980-1983 - Associate at Latham & Watkins in Washington, DC.
1983-1987 - Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.
1987 - Recipient of the John Marshall award from the U.S. Department of Justice.
1987-1990 - Is first Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey.
1990-1994 - Is U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey.
1994-1996 - Is named Special Counsel for Senate Whitewater Committee.
2001-2003 - Assistant U.S. Attorney General, the criminal division.
2003-2005 - Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd circuit.
January 11, 2005 - Is nominated as Secretary of Homeland Security.
February 15, 2005-January 21, 2009 - Serves as the second Secretary of Homeland Security.
March 26, 2009-present - Senior counsel at the D.C. law firm Covington & Burling LLP.
2009- present - Chairman and Co-founder of the Chertoff Group, a global security advisory firm.
May 1, 2012 - Takes office as Chairman of the Board Directors of BAE Systems for a three-year term.
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