1953 – Born in Elizabeth, New Jersey on the 28th of November.
1975 – He later attended Harvard University, where he was a research assistant on John Hart Ely’s Democracy and Distrust, graduating.
1978 – He then graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School.
1979-1980 – United States Supreme Court justice William Brennan.
– He worked in private practice with Latham & Watkins before being hired as a prosecutor by Rudolph Giuliani, then the U.S. attorney for Manhattan, working on Mafia and political corruption-related cases.
1986 – In September as Assistant U.S. Attorney, Michael Chertoff together with U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Rudolph Giuliani were instrumental in putting the American Mafia on trial.
1990 – Chertoff was appointed by President George H. W. Bush as United States Attorney for the state.
– Chertoff returned to Latham & Watkins for a brief period, founding the firm’s office in Newark, New Jersey.
1992 – Chertoff put 2nd term Jersey City Mayor Gerald McCann in federal prison for over two years on charges of defrauding money from a savings and loan scam. McCann, an Irish born Jersey native, inflamed and insulted the leading prosecutor.
1993 – Chertoff was asked to stay in his position when the Clinton administration took office, at the request of Democratic Senator Bill Bradley; he was the only U.S. attorney not replaced.
2001 – Chertoff is the co-author, along with Viet Dinh, of the USA PATRIOT Act, signed into law on the 26th of October.
2003 – He headed the criminal division of the Department of Justice, leading the prosecution’s case against terrorist suspect Zacarias Moussaoui and against accounting firm Arthur Andersen for destroying documents relating to the Enron collapse.
2005 – Secretary of Homeland Security.