Michele Ridge Biography – Michele Ridge Wiki
Michele Ridge is the wife of Tom Ridge, the 43rd Governor of Pennsylvania (1995-2001), and the first U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security. During her tenure as First Lady of Pennsylvania, Michele Ridge became a champion for children and families. Through her leadership as Chair of the Children’s Partnership and with the support of her husband, then-Governor Tom Ridge, she oversaw the development of one of the nation’s most effective statewide prevention models. Her strategy included shifting public policy toward prevention, coordinating multiple public and private efforts and committing resources to only the most effective evidence-based programs – including Nurse-Family Partnership.
Ridge provided a legacy for Pennsylvania families, which continues to have impact today. The Nurse-Family Partnership network in Pennsylvania has grown to 35 counties and serves nearly 3,000 families each year. Mrs. Ridge’s commitment to scientifically proven prevention programs has earned her numerous awards, including the Society for Prevention Research 2001 Public Service Award.
Born in Erie, Pennsylvania, Ridge, her brother William, and her sister Maureen lived throughout the country and abroad as a result of her father’s military career. She returned to Erie in her junior year of high school, graduating from Strong Vincent High School. She received her bachelor’s degree in European history from Seton Hill College, and earned her master’s degree in library science from the University of Pittsburgh.
Michele Ridge Age
Michele Ridge was born in 1947, in Erie, Pennsylvania to the late Army Major Howard Moore and the late Margaret Nagle Moore. Her husband, Thomas Joseph Ridge, was born on August 26, 1945, in Munhall, Pennsylvania.
Tom Ridge Wife Michele Ridge
Michele Ridge is the wife of former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge. Tom is an Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a county prosecutor and a six-term congressman from Erie before being elected the state’s governor in 1994. Since leaving government, Ridge has headed Ridge Global, a firm that advises on cyber security, international security and risk management. He and his wife live in Bethesda, Md.
Michele Ridge Children
Michele Ridge and her husband, former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge, have two children, Lesley Ridge and Tommy Ridge.
Michele Ridge Family
Michele Ridge is the oldest child of the late Major Howard Moore and the late Margaret Nagle Moore. She has two siblings: a brother, William, and a sister, Maureen.
Michele Ridge Net Worth
Michele Ridge’s net worth is unclear. Her husband, Tom Ridge, has an estimated net worth of $10 Million.
Tom Ridge Health
Former Pennsylvania governor and U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge suffered a stroke on June 16, 2021, at his home in suburban Washington, D.C. According to the Ridge family, Tom was transferred by ambulance to a hospital in the Washington, D.C. area after having suffered a stroke at his residence in Bethesda, MD. He was conscious when he arrived at the emergency department and later underwent a successful procedure to remove a blood clot.
In November 2017, the former Pennsylvania governor suffered a heart attack, Tom Ridge’s wife, Michele Ridge, confirmed in a statement.
“The outpouring of prayers and support for Tom has been overwhelming and incredibly meaningful to me and to the entire Ridge family,” she said at the time. “Tom is now in the early stages of recovery from a heart attack he suffered at his hotel Thursday morning. I want to thank the first responders who, as I’ve learned in the last 24 hours, worked heroically to get Tom from the hotel to the trauma center. That’s where the ER physicians, nurses and cardiac team at Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas took over. It is difficult to find the right words to appropriately thank all of the men and women who continue to provide Tom with such tremendous care. I am thankful Tom was in Austin when this happened and close to world-class medical facilities.”