January 11, 2005

Michael Chertoff nominated as Homeland Security Secretary

President Bush has nominated Judge Michael Chertoff to be the Secretary of Homeland Security.

"Mike is a talented and experienced public servant," said the President. "In his stellar career, he has been a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; he's been an Assistant Attorney General of the United States; he's been the U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, a federal prosecutor in New York City, and a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice William Brennan. "

"He's been confirmed by the Senate three times," said the President. "In all of his roles, Mike has shown a deep commitment to the cause of justice, and an unwavering determination to protect the American people. Mike has also been a key leader in the war on terror. On September the 11th, 2001, he was managing the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice, an 800-person operation devoted to enforcing our nation's criminal laws. In the days after September the 11th, Mike helped trace the terrorist attacks to the al Qaeda network. He understood immediately that the strategy on the war on terror is to prevent attacks before they occur. His energy and intellect put him at the center of many vital Homeland Security improvements, especially increased information sharing within the FBI and with state and local officials. "

Here's Judge Chertoff's brief biography as listed by the Federal judicial Center:

Born 1953 in Elizabeth, NJ

Federal Judicial Service:
U. S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Nominated by George W. Bush on March 5, 2003, to a seat vacated by Morton I. Greenberg; Confirmed by the Senate on June 9, 2003, and received commission on June 10, 2003.

Harvard College, A.B., 1975
Harvard Law School, J.D., 1978
Professional Career:
Law clerk, Hon. Murray Gurfein, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 1978-1979
Law clerk, Associate Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., Supreme Court of the United States, 1979-1980
Private practice, Newark, New Jersey, 1980-1983, 1994-2001
Assistant U.S. attorney, Southern District of New York, 1983-1987
First assistant U.S. attorney, District of New Jersey, 1987-1990
U.S. Attorney, District of New Jersey, 1990-1994
Special counsel for Whitewater Committee, U.S. Senate, 1994-1996
Assistant attorney general, U.S Department of Justice, 2001-2003


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