The President has announced the nomination of Judge Michael Chertoff to be the
Secretary of Homeland Security. Michael Chertoff has been a judge on the United
States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; 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. His nomination
must be approved by the Senate.
Nominating Michael Chertoff as the Secretary the President announced, "Two
years ago, we created this new department to ensure a comprehensive, unified effort
to protect the American people against new dangers. Since that time, the employees
of the department have carried out the largest reorganization of the government
in a half a century. Under the direction of Secretary Tom Ridge, the Department
of Homeland Security has improved airline security, enhanced the protection of
our borders and ports of entry, and taken vital steps to safeguard the nation's
critical infrastructure. Tom Ridge has the gratitude of our entire nation. I thank
him for his leadership. I appreciate his hard work."
President Bush further observed, "When Mike is confirmed by the Senate, the
Department of Homeland Security will be led by a practical organizer, a skilled
manager, and a brilliant thinker. As head of the Criminal Division, and as a U.S.
Attorney in New Jersey, Mike built an impressive record of cutting through red
tape and moving organizations into action. He's worked cooperatively with the
federal and state and local law enforcement officials. He will always be a friend
to America's first responders."
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