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Former homeland security chief Ridge to speak, April 19

Tom Ridge, the former U.S. secretary of homeland security and Pennsylvania governor, will present a lecture titled "The Best Prize in Life" at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, in McCosh 10.

Ridge is expected to reflect on his long career in public service during the talk, which is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Partnership for Public Service.

The speech's title refers to a quote from Theodore Roosevelt that Ridge has often cited in speaking to college audiences: " Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing."

Ridge became the country's first homeland security chief in October 2001 following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and served in the position until February 2005.

He was twice elected governor of Pennsylvania, serving from 1995 until 2001. Prior to his stint as governor, Ridge was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982 and served six terms. A U.S. Army infantry staff sergeant in Vietnam, he was the first enlisted Vietnam combat veteran elected to the House.

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