Home About Chat Users Issues Party Candidates Polling Firms Media News Polls Calendar Key Races United States President Senate House Governors International

New User Account
"A historical political resource." 
Email: Password:

  Panetta, Leon E.
<-  2011-06-30  
NameLeon E. Panetta
Monterey, California , United States
Born June 28, 1938 (81 years)
Last ModifedRBH
Feb 18, 2015 08:18pm
Tags Italian - Married - U.S. Army - Catholic - Straight -
InfoLeon Edward Panetta was sworn in as the 23rd Secretary of Defense on July 1, 2011.

Before joining the Department of Defense, Mr. Panetta served as the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from February 2009 to June 2011. Mr. Panetta led the agency and managed human intelligence and open source collection programs on behalf of the intelligence community.

Secretary Panetta has dedicated much of his life to public service. Before joining CIA, he spent 10 years co-directing with his wife, Sylvia, the Leon & Sylvia Panetta Institute for Public Policy, based at California State University, Monterey Bay. The Institute is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit center that seeks to instill in young men and women the virtues and values of public service. In March 2006, he was chosen as a member of the Iraq Study Group, a bipartisan committee established at the urging of Congress to conduct an independent assessment of the war in Iraq.

From July 1994 to January 1997, Mr. Panetta served as Chief of Staff to President William Clinton. Prior to that, he was Director of the Office of Management and Budget, a position that built on his years of work on the House Budget Committee. Mr. Panetta represented California’s 16th (now 17th) Congressional District from 1977 to 1993, rising to House Budget Committee chairman during his final four years in Congress.

Early in his career, Mr. Panetta served as a legislative assistant to Senator Thomas H. Kuchel of California; special assistant to the Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare; director of the U.S. Office for Civil Rights; and executive assistant to Mayor John Lindsay of New York. He also spent five years in private law practice.

He served as an Army intelligence officer from 1964 to 1966 and received the Army Commendation Medal.

Secretary Panetta holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and a law degree, both from Santa Clara University. He was born on June 28, 1938 in Monterey, where his Italian immigrant parents operated a restaurant. Later, they purchased a farm in Carmel Valley, a place Secretary and Mrs. Panetta continue to call home. The Panettas have three grown sons and six grandchildren.



Title Purchase Contributor

Start Date End Date Type Title Contributor

Date Category Headline Article Contributor
Jan 09, 2009 09:00pm Commentary With Top Spies in Place, Panetta Has More Options Than It Might Appear  Article Karma Policeman 
Aug 01, 2008 04:00pm Op-Ed by Candidate No Torture. No Exceptions.  Article Karma Policeman 

Importance? 8.00000 Average

Son Jimmy Panetta 1969-

  06/21/2011 US Secretary of Defense Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  02/12/2009 C.I.A. Director Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  06/28/1994 White House Chief of Staff Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  01/21/1993 OMB Director Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/03/1992 CA District 17 Won 72.05% (+48.31%)
  06/02/1992 CA District 17 - D Primary Won 85.90% (+71.80%)
  11/06/1990 CA District 16 Won 74.16% (+52.13%)
  06/05/1990 CA District 16 - D Primary Won 93.07% (+86.15%)
  11/08/1988 CA District 16 Won 78.58% (+57.16%)
  06/07/1988 CA District 16 - D Primary Won 95.00% (+89.99%)
  11/04/1986 CA District 16 Won 78.38% (+59.18%)
  06/03/1986 CA District 16 - D Primary Won 94.02% (+88.04%)
  11/06/1984 CA District 16 Won 70.78% (+43.06%)
  11/02/1982 CA District 16 Won 83.54% (+69.22%)
  11/04/1980 CA District 16 Won 71.00% (+46.49%)
  11/07/1978 CA District 16 Won 61.37% (+22.74%)
  11/02/1976 CA District 16 Won 53.42% (+6.84%)
  06/08/1976 CA District 16 - D Primary Won 52.22% (+23.13%)
NY District 17 - D Primary - Jun 23, 2020 D Evelyn Farkas
CA US President - D Primary - Mar 03, 2020 D Joe Biden
CA District 17 - Open Primary - Jun 07, 2016 D Mike Honda