Former Pa. Gov. Tom Ridge hospitalized after stroke, family ‘hopeful for full recovery’

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FILE – In this Oct. 22, 2011, file photo, former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge speaks to a crowd of hundreds protesting in front of the White House in Washington. A spokesman says Ridge is in critical condition after undergoing an emergency heart procedure at a hospital in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, […]

This story has been updated with a statement from Michele Ridge.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WHTM) — Former Pa. Governor Tom Ridge has been hospitalized in the Washington, D.C., area after a stroke at his home in Bethesda, Md., according to a tweet on his account from his family.

The family said the 75-year-old was conscious when he was transported to the emergency department Wednesday and underwent a successful procedure to remove a blood clot. He is in critical but stable condition.

On Thursday, Michele Ridge sent a statement that they “are hopeful for a full recovery while recognizing he will have a long road ahead.”

“I’d like to thank the emergency medical services team who took such good care of Tom getting him to the hospital and to the nurses, doctors, and staff who are working with compassion and care to help Tom in the early stages of recovery,” the former First Lady of Pa. said.

Ridge was Governor of Pa. from 1995-2001.

Aside from being the 43rd governor for Pa., he was also the first U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security under President George W. Bush after the tragic events of September 11, 2001. During his tenure, Secretary Ridge worked with over 180,000 employees to create an agency that facilitated the flow of people and goods, brought in security for air, land, and seaports, introduced new technology, and more.

Governor Wolf responded to the news.

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