Jimmy Panetta

Jimmy Panetta
Jimmy Panetta official portrait.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 20th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2017
Preceded bySam Farr
Personal details
James Varni Panetta

(1969-10-01) October 1, 1969 (age 49)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Carrie McIntyre
RelativesLeon Panetta (Father)
EducationMonterey Peninsula College
University of California, Davis (BA)
Santa Clara University (JD)
WebsiteHouse website
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Navy
UnitUnited States Navy Reserve
Battles/warsWar in Afghanistan
AwardsBronze Star Medal ribbon.svg Bronze Star

James Varni Panetta /pəˈnɛtə/ (born October 1, 1969) is an American politician from the state of California. A member of the Democratic Party, he is a member of the United States House of Representatives for California's 20th congressional district. Panetta was first elected in 2016, after working as a deputy district attorney for Monterey County. He is the son of Leon Panetta.

Early life and career[edit]

Panetta graduated from Carmel High School in Carmel, California.[1] He then attended Monterey Peninsula College and University of California, Davis, graduating with a bachelor's degree in international relations. He then interned at the United States Department of State. Panetta received his law degree from Santa Clara University School of Law. He joined the United States Navy Reserve as an intelligence officer and completed a tour of duty in the War in Afghanistan in 2007 while attached to Joint Special Operations Command, for which he was awarded the Bronze Star.[2][3] Panetta worked in the Alameda County, California, prosecutor's office and as a deputy district attorney for the District Attorney's office of Monterey County, California.[4]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

2016 campaign[edit]

After incumbent Sam Farr announced in November 2015 that he would not seek reelection to the United States House of Representatives, Panetta announced his candidacy to succeed Farr in California's 20th congressional district in the 2016 election.[4][5] Panetta defeated Republican Casey Lucius in the November general election.[6]


Panetta was sworn into office on January 3, 2017.[7] House Democrats selected Panetta to be a regional whip for Northern California, the Central Coast, Hawaii and the U.S. Pacific Islands.[8]

Twice, in 2018 and in 2019, Congressman Panetta introduced a bill commonly stylized as the KITTEN Act, a legislative proposal to curtail certain types of animal testing.

Committee assignments[edit]


Caucus memberships[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Panetta is the youngest of three sons born to Leon Panetta, the former United States Secretary of Defense.[3] His wife, Carrie, is a judge on the Monterey County Superior Court. They have two daughters.[13]


  1. ^ Larson, Amy (March 17, 2016). "Rep. Sam Farr endorses Jimmy Panetta for Congress". KSBW-TV. Retrieved November 1, 2016.
  2. ^ Curry, Tom; Curry, Tom (March 24, 2017). "Jimmy Panetta Takes a Hard Line on Military Spending". Retrieved February 8, 2019 – via www.rollcall.com.
  3. ^ a b Hennessey, Virginia (July 30, 2013). "Jimmy Panetta following in father Leon's footsteps". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved November 1, 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Election 2016: Jimmy Panetta launches his campaign for Congress". Monterey Herald. Retrieved November 1, 2016.
  5. ^ Herrera, James (November 17, 2015). "Election 2016: Jimmy Panetta launches campaign for Congress". Santa Cruz Sentinel. Retrieved November 1, 2016.
  6. ^ Lesniewski, Niels (November 9, 2016). "New Member: Democrat Jimmy Panetta Elected in California's 20th District: Son of former Defense secretary Leon E. Panetta is heading to Congress". Roll Call. Retrieved November 10, 2016.
  7. ^ Herrera, James (January 3, 2017). "Freshman Congressman Jimmy Panetta, D-Carmel Valley, sworn into office amid House ethics plan reversal". Santa Cruz Sentinel. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  8. ^ Wire, Sarah D. (December 5, 2016). "This congressman will sleep in his office, and other tales from the incoming California freshmen". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 13, 2016.
  9. ^ "Jimmy Panetta appointed to subcommittees". Santa Cruz Sentinel. January 24, 2017. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  10. ^ "Membership". Congressional Arts Caucus. Retrieved March 23, 2018.
  11. ^ "90 Current Climate Solutions Caucus Members". Citizen´s Climate Lobby. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  12. ^ Template:Wite web
  13. ^ "Carrie Panetta appointed to Monterey superior court bench". Monterey Herald. August 29, 2013. Retrieved November 1, 2016.

External links[edit]

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Sam Farr
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 20th congressional district

U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Tom O'Halleran
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Jamie Raskin