Former Bush admin official upgraded to stable from critical condition after stroke

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A former Bush administration official’s health condition was upgraded Monday to “stable” following a stroke he suffered, according to his family.  

Tom Ridge, 75, suffered a stroke at his home in Bethesda, Maryland last Wednesday. He was taken by ambulance to a hospital for treatment, Ridge spokesman Steve Aaron said. 

Former Homeland Security secretary Tom Ridge listen as Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush speaks at a town hall-style meeting on February 6, 2016 at the McKelvie Intermediate School in Bedford, New Hampshire. 

Ridge was conscious when he arrived at the emergency department and later underwent a successful procedure to remove a blood clot, his family said in a statement. 

His wife, former Pennsylvania First Lady Michele Ridge, said the family is “hopeful for a full recovery.” 

Ridge was the 43rd governor of Pennsylvania and joined the administration of President George W. Bush in the aftermath of 9/11 to become the country’s first homeland security secretary.

At the Department of Homeland Security, Ridge headed a sprawling department that was composed of 22 agencies and some 180,000 employees. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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