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Leon Panetta, former US Representative from California, White House Chief of Staff, Director of the CIA and US Secretary of Defense - After serving in the Army and working for Republican Sen. Thomas Kuchel, Panetta was named as the director of the Office of Civil Rights in the Nixon administration in 1969. He was later forced out of that position and switched his party affiliation to Democrat. He went on to serve as a US Congressman, as President Clinton's Chief of Staff, and as Director of the CIA and Defense Secretary in the Obama Administration.

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President Barack Obama listens as Defense Secretary Leon Panetta speaks during a Cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Nov. 28, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Barack Obama talks with General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, after attending the Armed Forces farewell tribute for Defense Secretary Leon Panetta at Joint Base Myer-Henderson in Arlington, Va., Feb. 8, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Barack Obama talks with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, left, and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, right, before delivering remarks on Veterans Day at the Arlington National Cemetery Memorial Amphitheater in Arlington, Va., Nov. 11, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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** FILE ** In this Feb. 13, 2013, file photo, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta speaks during his last news conference as defense secretary at the Pentagon in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

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Outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta listens during his last news conference as defense secretary, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013. at the Pentagon. On Tuesday, The Senate Armed Services Committee voted to approve Panetta's replacement, former Nebraska Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel, sending the nomination to the full Senate. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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Outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, left, shakes hands with Chief Justice John Roberts before President Barack Obama's State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Feb. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak Pool)

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From left, Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey and outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta talk prior to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Feb. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, Pool)

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From left, Attorney General Eric Holder, outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Secretary of State John Kerry applaud during President Barack Obama's State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Feb. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)