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Leon Panetta

Leon Panetta
Personal data
Date of birthJune 28, 1938(age 77)
Place of birthMonterey, California, U.S.
Birth nameLeon Edward Panetta
Political partyDemocratic Party (1971 � present)
Other partyRepublican Party (Before 1971)
Alma materSanta Clara University
ReligionRoman Catholicism
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1964 � 1966
RankFirst Lieutenant
AwardsArmy Commendation Medal
23rd United States Secretary of Defense
Assumed officeJuly 1, 2011
PresidentBarack Obama
DeputyWilliam Lynn
Preceded byRobert Gates
19th Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
In officeFebruary 13, 2009 - June 30, 2011
PresidentBarack Obama
DeputyStephen Kappes
Michael Morell
Succeeded byDavid Petraeus
Preceded byMichael Hayden
18th White House Chief of Staff
In officeJuly 17, 1994 - January 20, 1997
PresidentBill Clinton
Succeeded byErskine Bowles
Preceded byMack McLarty
29th Director of the Office of Management and Budget
In officeJanuary 21, 1993 - July 17, 1994
PresidentBill Clinton
Succeeded byAlice Rivlin
Preceded byRichard Darman
Chairman of the House Committee on the Budget
In officeJanuary 3, 1989 - January 21, 1993
Succeeded byMartin Sabo
Preceded byWilliam Gray
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California's 17th district
In officeJanuary 3, 1993 - January 21, 1993
Succeeded bySam Farr
Preceded byBurt Talcott
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California's 16th district
In officeJanuary 3, 1977 - January 3, 1993
Succeeded byDon Edwards
Preceded byBurt Talcott

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Leon Edward Panetta (born June 28, 1938) is the 23rd and current United States Secretary of Defense, serving in the administration of President Barack Obama since 2011. Prior to taking office, he served as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. An Italian-American Democratic politician, lawyer, and professor, Panetta served as President Bill Clinton's White House Chief of Staff from 1994 to 1997, Director of the Office of Management and Budget from 1993-1994 and was a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1977 to 1993. He is the founder of the Panetta Institute for Public Policy, served as Distinguished Scholar to Chancellor Charles B. Reed of the California State University System and professor of public policy at Santa Clara University.

In January 2009, President Barack Obama nominated Panetta for the post of CIA Director. Panetta was confirmed by the full Senate on February 12, 2009, and assumed the office the next day. As director of the CIA, Panetta presided over the operations that led to Osama bin Laden's death.

On April 28, 2011, Obama announced the nomination of Panetta as Defense Secretary when Robert Gates retired. On June 21, the Senate confirmed Panetta unanimously as Secretary of Defense. He assumed the office on July 1. David Petraeus took over as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency on September 6.

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