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Jun212011

Unanimous Vote Confirms Leon Panetta as Defense Secretary

TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Mark this as something one doesn’t hear every day on Capitol Hill: it’s unanimous.

The Senate Tuesday voted unanimously to confirm Leon Panetta to be the Secretary of Defense.  The vote of 100 to 0 was called by Senator Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H.

Panetta, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, will replace outgoing Defense Secretary Robert Gates who is retiring after serving in two administrations.  When Gates leaves at the end of June, Panetta’s first day as Defense Secretary will be July 1.

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