Michael Chertoff, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for
the 3rd Circuit, was nominated Tuesday, Jan. 11, to be the next secretary of
President George W. Bush announced the nomination at the
White House with Chertoff at his side.
The Homeland Security Department includes the Transportation
Security Administration, which oversees a number of security related issues in
the trucking industry.
is a talented and experienced public servant,” Bush said during his
introduction. “Mike has shown a deep commitment to the cause of justice.”
noted that the judge has also served as an assistant U.S. attorney general, a
U.S. attorney in New Jersey, a federal prosecutor in New York City and was a
law clerk to Supreme Court Justice William Brennan. Bush pointed out that he
has been “confirmed by the Senate three times,” adding that Chertoff “has also
been a key leader in the war on terror.”
days after September the 11th, Mike helped trace the terrorist attacks to the
al-Qaida network,” Bush said. “He understood immediately that the strategy of
the war on terror is to prevent attacks before they occur.”
confirmed, Chertoff will replace Tom Ridge, the former Pennsylvania governor
who was the first secretary of the department. In that post, he saw what many
observers describe as the largest reorganization in the federal government
since the creation of the Department of Defense after World War II.
Mark H. Reddig, associate editor