Tom Ridge goes home, nearly a month after heart attack

PHILADELPHIA – Former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge has returned to his home in a suburb of Washington, D. C., nearly a month after suffering a heart attack.

A spokesman says Ridge arrived at his Maryland home Wednesday after leaving a Texas rehabilitation center. He was attending a Republican Governors Association conference in Austin when he heart attack Nov. 16.

The 72-year-old Republican had served two terms as the governor of Pennsylvania, from 1995 to 2001. He was the first homeland security secretary under President George W. Bush until 2005.

The spokesman says Ridge wants to thank his well-wishers and the medical professionals who helped his recovery.

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