American statesman and lawyer, Leon Panetta worked in the Obama administration as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 2009 to 2011. He is the son of Carmelina Maria (Prochilo) and Carmelo Frank Panetta. Leon graduated magna cum laude in 1960 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. In 1969, he became the assistant to Robert H. Finch, Secretary of the United States Department of Health, and Welfare under the Nixon administration. He also serves on a number of boards and commissions
Leon Panetta married Sylvia Marie Varni, who administered his home district offices during his terms in Congress.The couple has three sons, Christopher Panetta, Carmelo Panetta and Jimmy Panetta, a former Monterey County Deputy District Attorney, who won election to the U.S. House of Representatives for California's 20th congressional district (born-1 October 1969).