Former Homeland Chief and Energy Supporter Tom Ridge Out of Austin Hospital After Heart Attack

December 6, 2017


The family of onetime US Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said Tuesday that he’s out of an Austin hospital after emergency heart surgery more than two weeks ago.

He’s been moved to a rehabilitation center to continue recovery, is making great progress and is feeling better, they added.

Ridge, 72, was at an Austin hotel on Nov. 16 for a Republican Governors Association conference when he called hotel staff for help.

He was rushed to Seton Medical Center Hospital and underwent an emergency cardiac catheterization, a spokesman said.

Ridge said in a statement, “I so admire and respect my new Texas friends, but I’m ready to head back north. And they are probably ready to get rid of me!

“The many medical professionals at Ascension’s Seton Healthcare Family, who looked after me with such care and compassion, will never truly know what they have meant to me and my family. We will be forever grateful.”

Ridge was a major booster of conventional oil and gas drilling during his time as governor of Pennsylvania between 1995 and 2001, and has spoken on energy issues in support of shale drilling in recent years.