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Porter Goss

Porter Goss
Personal data
Date of birthNovember 26, 1938(age 78)
Place of birthWaterbury, Connecticut
Political partyRepublican
Alma materYale University
OccupationCIA Officer
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Central Intelligence Agency
Years of service1960-1962
19th Director of Central Intelligence
In officeSeptember 24, 2004 - April 21, 2005
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Succeeded byJohn Negroponte (as DNI)
Preceded byGeorge Tenet
19th Director of the CIA
In officeSeptember 24, 2004 - May 5, 2006
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Succeeded byMichael Hayden
Preceded byGeorge Tenet
Chairman of the
House Intelligence Committee
In officeJanuary 3, 1997 - September 23, 2004
Succeeded byPete Hoekstra
Preceded byLarry Combest
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 14th district
13th district (1989-1993)
In officeJanuary 3, 1989 - September 23, 2004
Succeeded byConnie Mack IV
Preceded byConnie Mack III

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Porter Johnston Goss (born November 26, 1938) is an American politician who was the first Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and the last Director of Central Intelligence following the passage of the 2004 Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act, which abolished the DCI position. A CIA officer in Latin America during the Cold War, he served as a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1989 until he took up his post at the agency.

Goss represented the Florida's 14th congressional district, which includes Lee County, Fort Myers, Naples, and part of Port Charlotte. He served for a time as the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. Goss was a co-sponsor of the USA PATRIOT Act and was a co-chair of the Joint 9/11 Intelligence Inquiry.

Goss resigned as Director of the CIA on May 5, 2006 in a sit-down press conference with President George W. Bush from the Oval Office. On May 8, Bush nominated U.S. Air Force General Michael Hayden to be Goss's successor.

Goss is an avid organic farmer. According to a September 13, 2004 article in Roll Call, Goss has a farm in Virginia and spends his summers on Fishers Island in Long Island Sound.

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