Senate Unanimously Confirms Panetta

Posted February 12, 2009 at 7:44pm

The Senate unanimously confirmed Leon Panetta Thursday evening to serve as director of the Central Intelligence Agency, one day after the nominee’s appointment was voted on by the Senate Intelligence Committee. Panetta is a former Congressman and White House chief of staff who also served as director of the Office of Management and Budget. President Barack Obama was earlier criticized for nominating Panetta — who does not have an extensive intelligence background — to head the CIA, the nomination eventually earned the strong backing of Intelligence Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.).