New Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff was
sworn into office Tuesday, Feb. 15, after his nomination was approved by the
Security Department includes the Transportation Security Administration, which
oversees a number of security related issues in the trucking industry.
a judge for the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals, Chertoff previously served
as assistant attorney general for the Criminal Division at the Department of
Justice, where he helped trace the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to the
al-Qaida network, according to a news release from the Homeland Security
Department. He also worked to increase information sharing within the FBI and
with state and local officials.
President George W. Bush announced
Chertoff’s nomination Jan. 11 at the White House with Chertoff at his side.
replaces Tom Ridge, who founded the department after it was created in the wake
of the attacks. Ridge, a former Pennsylvania governor, oversaw what many
observers describe as the largest reorganization in the federal government
since the creation of the Department of Defense after World War II.