By a 98-0 vote, the Senate confirmed federal Judge Michael Chertoff as the nation's second Homeland Security secretary Tuesday, placing the tough-on-terrorism former prosecutor in charge of a bureaucracy prone to infighting and turf wars. Replacing Tom Ridge, Chertoff has promised to balance protecting the country with preserving civil liberties as head of the sprawling agency that was created as a result of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.
Senate Confirms Chertoff as Homeland Security Chief
The Associated Press
February 16, 2005