Statement by Secretary Tom Ridge

December 1, 2008

The following is a statement by Secretary Tom Ridge on the nomination of Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano as the next Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security:

“Governor Napolitano offers leadership acumen of the highest caliber and is an excellent choice to head the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. As one of the nation’s leading governors, she brings seasoned experience in navigating the complex economic and security issues that intersect at our borders every day. She is an avid proponent of building strong relationships between the federal government and the states, and with our friends and allies around the world. She will serve President-elect Obama and our nation well.

“I respectfully encourage the Senate to expedite her confirmation to ensure a seamless and secure transition of power.”

Contact: Michele Nix +1-202-833-2008