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The University of Texas at Austin

Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs



Tom Ridge
Tom Ridge
Elspeth Rostow Distinguished Lecture Series for Public Policy Leadership

The LBJ School of Public Affairs and Deloitte & Touche USA LLP to Host Tom Ridge

Tuesday, February 13, 2007
5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
1800 N. Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas

As part of the Elspeth Rostow Distinguished Lecture Series for Public Policy Leadership, the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and Deloitte & Touche USA LLP will welcome the Honorable Tom Ridge, former governor of Pennsylvania and the first secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Governor Ridge will discuss how state leaders can strategically address the long-term and structural issues facing state government today while also anticipating the daunting new state challenges of the 21st century. After the presentation, he will take audience questions.

Tom Ridge became the nation's first Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security serving from January 24, 2003 to February 1, 2005. During his tenure, Secretary Ridge worked with more than 180,000-plus employees from a combined 22 agencies to create an agency that facilitated the flow of people and goods, instituted layered security at air, land and seaports, developed a unified national response and recovery plan, protected critical infrastructure, integrated new technology and improved information sharing worldwide.

Prior to being Secretary of Homeland Security, Tom Ridge served as the first Assistant to the President for Homeland Security. Following the tragic events of September 11, President Bush asked then-Governor Ridge to come to Washington to develop and coordinate a comprehensive national strategy to strengthen protections against terrorist threats and attacks in the United States.

Before the events of September 11, Tom Ridge was twice elected Governor of Pennsylvania. He served as the state's 43rd governor from 1995 to 2001. Tom Ridge was elected to Congress in 1982. He was the first enlisted Vietnam combat veteran elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and was overwhelmingly re-elected by Pennsylvania voters five times.

After more than 25 years in public service, Tom Ridge now consults on a range of issues, including security, international relations, economic development, civil institution building, technology, education and other matters that encompass his diverse portfolio. Additionally, he serves on public and private boards and is currently the chairman of the National Organization on Disability.

Governor Ridge received a B.A. with honors from Harvard University in 1967 and J.D. from Dickinson Law School in 1972.

For more information on how to attend this event, contact Brendan Lavy at 512-232-4004 or blavy@austin.utexas.edu.