Here's an in-depth look at the life of former CIA Director and former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.
Personal: Birth date: June 28, 1938
Birth place: Monterey, California
Birth name: Leon Edward Panetta
Father: Carmelo Panetta, restaurant owner and farmer
Mother: Carmelina (Prochilo) Panetta, restaurant owner
Marriage: Sylvia Marie (Varni) Panetta (1962-present)
Children: Christopher; Carmelo; James
Education: University of Santa Clara, B.A., 1960; University of Santa Clara, J.D., 1963
Military service: U.S. Army, 1964-1966
Religion: Roman Catholic
Other Facts: Parents were Italian immigrants who owned a walnut farm in the Carmel Valley of California.
Graduated magna cum laude in political science.
Received the Army Commendation Medal.
Was forced to resign as the head of the U.S. Office for Civil Rights when he tried to speed up the pace of school desegregation, against the wishes of the administration of President Richard Nixon.
Timeline: 1966-1969 - Legislative aide to Republican Senator Thomas Kuchel of California.
1969 - Special assistant to the Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare under President Richard Nixon.
March 1969-February 1970 - Head of the U.S. Office for Civil Rights.
1971 - Switches parties from Republican to Democrat.
1971 - Returns to California to practice law.
1976 - Elected to the House of Representatives, representing the area around Monterey, California. Is re-elected eight times.
1979-1989 - Serves on the House Committee on the Budget.
1989-1993 - Chairman of the House Committee on the Budget.
1991 - Votes against a resolution authorizing Operation Desert Storm.
January 21, 1993-October 1994 - Director of the Office of Management and Budget.