PANETTA, Leon Edward, (1938 - )

Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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PANETTA, Leon Edward, (father of James Varni Panetta), a Representative from California; born in Monterey, Monterey County, Calif., June 28, 1938; graduated from Monterey Union High School, Monterey, Calif., 1956; B.A., University of Santa Clara, Santa Clara, Calif., 1960; LL.B., Santa Clara Law School, Santa Clara, Calif., 1963; admitted to the California bar in 1965; lawyer, private practice; United States Army, 1963-1965; legislative assistant, United States Senator Thomas Henry Kuchel of California, 1966-1969; director, Office of Civil Rights, United States Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, 1969-1970; executive assistant to Mayor John Vliet Lindsay of New York City, 1970-1971; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-fifth and to the eight succeeding Congresses until his resignation on January 22, 1993 (January 3, 1977-January 22, 1993); chairman, Committee on the Budget (One Hundred First and One Hundred Second Congresses); director, Office of Management and Budget, 1993-1994; chief of staff, The White House, 1994-1996; chairman, Pew Oceans Commission, 2000-2003; private advocate; director, Central Intelligence Agency, 2009-2011; Secretary of Defense in the Cabinet of President Barack Obama, 2011-2013.