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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
July 31, 2003
President George W. Bush today announced his intention to nominate one individual, and the designation of one individual to serve in his administration:
The President intends to nominate Michele M. Leonhart, of California, to be the Deputy Administrator of Drug Enforcement at the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Ms. Leonhart currently serves as Special Agent in Charge for the Los Angeles Field Division of the DEA. Previously, she served in the same capacity for the San Francisco Field Division of the DEA. She also served as Assistant Special Agent in Charge for the Los Angeles DEA. Earlier in her career, she served at DEA's Headquarters in Washington, D.C., as Executive Assistant to the Career Board, as an Inspector for the Drug Enforcement Agency's Office of Professional Responsibility, as well as Staff Coordinator in the Targeted King-pin Organization. Ms. Leonhart earned her bachelor's degree from Bemidji State University.
The President has designated Karen P. Tandy, of Virginia, to be Acting Administrator of Drug Enforcement at the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).