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President Bush Nominates Michael Chertoff as Secretary of Homeland Security


New York, Jan 11, 2005

President Bush has selected a former federal prosecutor who early on helped craft the Bush administration's strategy for the war on terror to be the new Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Michael Chertoff , a federal appellate court judge with the 3rd U.S. Court of Appeals in Philadelphia, would replace Tom Ridge, the department's first chief, pending Senate confirmation.

"Mike has shown a deep commitment to the cause of justice and an unwavering determination to protect the American people," said President Bush. "Mike has also been a key leader in the war on terror."

On September the 11th, 2001, Chertoff was heading the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice and played a leading role in the nation's legal response to the terror attacks.

In addition to his role as an appellate court judge, Chertoff served as an Assistant Attorney General of the United States, the U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, a federal prosecutor in New York City, and a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice William Brennan.

Said Chertoff, "Mr. President, I'm deeply honored that you are nominating me to be Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. If confirmed, it will be my privilege to serve with the thousands of men and women who stand watch across the country and overseas, protecting our security and promoting our freedom."

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