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Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge hospitalized in Texas

Served as first US homeland security secretary

AUSTIN, Texas - Former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge is in critical condition after undergoing an emergency heart procedure at a hospital in Austin, Texas, according to a spokesman for the former Pennsylvania governor.

Ridge spokesman Steve Aaron said the 72-year-old Ridge, Pennsylvania's Republican governor from 1995 to 2001, was attending the Republican Governors Association conference when he called for help at his hotel about 7 a.m.

The spokesman said Ridge underwent a cardiac catheterization at Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas.

Aaron said Ridge has been responsive with physicians.

Ridge was the first homeland security secretary, serving under President George W. Bush until 2005.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf released the following statement:

"Frances and I are praying for Governor Ridge and his whole family, especially Michele and their kids. We know Tom is a fighter and the Ridges should know that all of Pennsylvania is pulling for them as he recovers."


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