Governor Tom Ridge to Serve Fifth Term as U.S. Chamber National Security Task Force Chairman

June 7, 2016 (Washington, D.C.) — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced today that the Honorable Tom Ridge, former governor of Pennsylvania and first secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, will serve his fifth term as chairman of the Chamber’s National Security Task Force.

“I am pleased that the Chamber’s National Security Task force will continue to benefit from the leadership, guidance, and expertise Tom Ridge brings as Chairman,” said U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue. “A longtime leader in the field of national security, Tom understands the importance of breaking down barriers between government and industry to collaborate on policies that strengthen our nation’s security while preserving our free enterprise system.”

Ridge has been chairman of the National Security Task Force since 2011.

“From collaboration on the NIST cybersecurity framework to passage of cyber information sharing legislation, the Chamber’s National Security Task Force has been at the forefront of meaningful public-private sector engagement in recent years. But there is much more to do,” said Gov. Ridge. “Our task force is composed of knowledgeable, outcome-focused business leaders and I look forward to working with them to help secure our supply chains, the workforce and US economy from the range evolving nature of 21st Century threats in both the physical and cyber domains.”

The Chamber’s National Security Task Force aims to unify companies, industry associations, and state and local chambers with a direct interest in homeland and national security issues. The task force represents a wide range of the nation’s economy and works to educate and advocate to policymakers in the administration and Congress on enhancing America’s security without hindering its economic vitality.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.

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