Tom Ridge, a former Republican governor of Pennsylvania and the first U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, suffered a stroke Wednesday at his home in a suburb outside Washington, DC
A statement from his family said Ridge was transported from his home in Bethesda, Md., By ambulance to a hospital where he was still arriving conscious.
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The 75-year-old then underwent a successful emergency procedure to remove a blood clot.
He remains in critical but stable condition, his family reported.
Ridge served as governor of Pennsylvania from 1995 to 2001, before joining the George W. Bush administration as the nation̵
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He oversaw 22 agencies and 180,000 employees while at DHS.
Ridge helped establish a color-coded system that ranked terrorist threats.
The former Vietnam War Army veteran also spoke for “disaster sets”, which at one point led to a shortage of tape and plastic wrap.
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He now chairs Ridge Global, a security firm focusing on cyber threats, international security and risk management.
“The family is asking for your prayers for full recovery. Additional updates will be provided after events,” the Ridge family said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.