Michael Chertoff Fast Facts

Here is a look at the life of Michael Chertoff, former Secretary of Homeland Security.


Birth date: November 28, 1953
Birth place: Elizabeth, New Jersey
    Birth name: Michael Chertoff
    Father: Gershon Chertoff, rabbi
    Mother: Livia Chertoff
    Marriage: Meryl (Justin) Chertoff (1988-present)
    Children: Philip and Emily
    Education: Harvard University, BA, 1975; Harvard University, JD, 1978
    Religion: Jewish

    Other Facts

    Helped write the Patriot Act after the September 11 terrorist attacks.
    Played a key role in the government investigations of WorldCom, Enron and Arthur Andersen.
    Prosecuted the former boss of the Genovese crime family, Anthony “Fat Tony” Salerno; the founder of Crazy Eddie electronics, Eddie Antar; and Jersey City Mayor Gerald McCann.


    1978-1979 – Law clerk to Judge Murray Gurfein, US Court of Appeals Second Circuit, New York.
    1979-1980 – Serves as law clerk to Justice William Brennan, US Supreme Court.
    1980-1983 – Associate at Latham & Watkins in Washington, DC.
    1983-1987 – Assistant US attorney for the Southern District of New York.
    1987 – Recipient of the John Marshall award from the US Department of Justice.
    1987-1990 – Is first assistant US attorney for the District of New Jersey.
    1990-1994 – US Attorney for the District of New Jersey.
    1994-1996 – Special counsel for Senate Whitewater Committee.
    2001-2003 – Assistant US attorney general, the criminal division.
    2003-2005 – Judge for the US Court of Appeals Third Circuit.
    February 15, 2005-January 21, 2009 – Serves as the second secretary of Homeland Security.
    March 26, 2009-present – Senior counsel at the DC law firm Covington & Burling LLP.
      2009-present – Chairman and co-founder of the Chertoff Group, a global security advisory firm.
      May 1, 2012 – Takes office as chairman of the board directors of BAE Systems, Inc.




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