Santa Clara University


Leon Panetta


Leon Panetta ’60, J.D. ’63 will discuss his participation in the Iraq Study Group and events that have transpired since the group made its recommendations.

Panetta was appointed chief of staff by President Clinton in 1994. Prior to that appointment, he served as Director of the Office of Management and Budget.

From 1977 to 1993, Panetta was a U.S. Representative from California's 16th (now 17th) congressional district. He served eight full terms and had begun serving his ninth when he became OMB director.

He and his wife, Sylvia, also founded the Panetta Institute in 1998. The Institute serves as a nonpartisan center for the study of public policy aimed at helping our communities and our country meet the challenges of the 21st century.