Defense Secretary nominee, CIA Director Leon Panetta, testifies before the Senate Armed Service Committee hearing on his nomination for Defense Secretary on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 9.
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President Barack Obama stands with outgoing Defense Secretary Robert Gates (r.) and Defense Secretary nominee Leon Panetta as he introduces a reworked national security team in the East Room of the White House in Washington on April 28.
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President-elect Barack Obama answers a question at a press conference to name Leon Panetta (l.) as the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency in Washington on January 9, 2009.
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'The West Wing' actor John Spencer talks with former White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta during a reception for US News & World Report prior to the annual White House Correspondents Association dinner in Washington on April 29, 2000.
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White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta speaks with reporters following a meeting with moderate senators to try and reach an accord on stalled budget negotiations in Washington on Jan. 25, 1996.
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White House chief of Staff Leon Panetta (c.) introduces President Bill Clinton at the dedication of California State University Monterey Bay in Seaside, Calif., on Sept. 4, 1995; at right is CSUMB President Peter Smith.
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Representative Leon Panetta is pictured in 1982. Mr. Panetta was elected in 1976 to the US Congress, representing California's 16th district and serving for 9 terms.
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Leon Panetta practiced law at Panetta, Thompson & Panetta from 1971 through to 1976. In 1966, Panetta started in politics as a legislative assistant to Senator Thomas Kuchel (R) of California. Mr. Panetta later became a Democrat.