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Michele Leonhart
Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration
Assumed office
November 10, 2007
Acting: November 10, 2007 – December 22, 2010
President George W. Bush
Barack Obama
Preceded by Karen Tandy
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Alma mater Bemidji State University

Michele Marie Leonhart is an American career law enforcement officer and the Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Since the resignation of Administrator Karen P. Tandy in the fall of 2007, Leonhart also served as Acting Administrator of the DEA. On 2 February 2010, President Barack Obama nominated Leonhart for the position of DEA Administrator;[1] the nomination was sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee for consideration (nomination no. PN1430-111).



President George W. Bush announced his intention to nominate Leonhart as Deputy Administrator on 31 July 2003,[2] and submitted her nomination to the United States Senate on 3 October 2003.[3] The Senate confirmed her nomination on 8 March 2004.[4] On 15 April 2008, the White House announced that President Bush intended to nominate Leonhart to succeed Tandy as the next Administrator of DEA.[5] Leonhart’s nomination was received by the Senate the same day and referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.[6] However, the committee did not hold any hearings on Leonhart’s nomination, and on 2 January 2009, the nomination was returned to the President under the provisions of Senate Rule XXXI, paragraph 6 of the Standing Rules of the Senate pursuant to sine die adjournment at the end of the 110th Congress.

Confirmation as DEA Administrator

During Leonhart’s testimony before the Judiciary Committee, she was questioned by a member of the Committee on Aging, Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI), about her policy for nurses prescribing painkillers for patients in nursing homes. The problem of DEA interference during Leonhart’s acting administratorship with the prescription of painkillers by nurses in nursing homes had come before the Committee on Aging. Unsatisfied with her responses to his questions, Senator Kohl threatened to put a hold on Leonhart’s nomination that could have postponed the vote on her confirmation indefinitely. In correspondence between the Committee on Aging and the DEA, Senator Kohl received assurances that patients suffering intractable pain could receive painkillers prescribed by nurses.[7] On 22 December 2010, the Senate confirmed Leonhart’s nomination unanimously by voice vote.[8]


Leonhart has consistently turned down research into the therapeutic and medicinal benefits of marijuana, and has a track record of undermining state law with regard to legal medical marijuana. On July 21, 2010, several pro-legalisation groups called on President Obama to withdraw his support of Leonhart, including SSDPMPPNORMLLEAP, and DPA[9]

In 2011, the Washington Post reported that “994 people younger than 18 were killed in drug-related violence between late 2006 and late 2010” and that “[i]n 2009, the last year for which there is data, 1,180 children were killed, half in shootings.”[10] In response to these statistics, Leonhart declared that while it “may seem contradictory, the unfortunate level of violence is a sign of success in the fight against drugs.”[10]

In 2012, Leonhart testified before Congress and refused to acknowledge whether methamphetamine, heroin, or crack-cocaine are more harmful than marijuana.[11]


  1. ^ “Presidential Nomination Sent to the Senate, 2/2/10” (html). The White House, Office of the Press Secretary. 2010-02-02. Retrieved 2010-02-11.
  2. ^ “Personnel Announcement” (html). The White House, Office of the Press Secretary. 2003-07-31. Retrieved 2008-04-28.
  3. ^ “Nominations Sent to the Senate” (html). The White House, Office of the Press Secretary. 2003-10-03. Retrieved 2008-04-28.
  4. ^ “Presidential Nomination” (html). The White House, Office of the Press Secretary. Retrieved 2008-04-28.
  5. ^ “Personnel Announcement” (html). The White House, Office of the Press Secretary. 2008-04-15. Retrieved 2008-04-28.
  6. ^ “Presidential Nomination” (html). The White House, Office of the Press Secretary. Retrieved 2008-04-28.
  7. ^ http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/prescription-drug-policy/132057-dem-senator-threatens-to-block-obama-nominee-over-dea-restrictions-on-painkillers
  8. ^ “Michele M. Leonhart Confirmed by Senate as DEA Administrator” (html). DEA, Office of Congressional and Public Affairs. 2010-12-22. Retrieved 2010-12-26.
  9. ^ http://blog.norml.org/2010/07/21/norml-opposes-president-obamas-pick-to-head-the-drug-enforcement-administration/
  10. a b Pareene, Alex (2011-04-15) DEA head: A thousand dead children means we’re winning war on drugsSalon.com
  11. ^ Dolan, Eric. “Top DEA agent won’t admit heroin more harmful, or caused more deaths, than marijuana”. rawstory.com. Retrieved 6/21/2012.

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photo - Michele LeonhartMichele M. Leonhart was unanimously confirmed as the Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration by the U.S. Senate on December 22, 2010, following her nomination by President Obama in February 2010. In that capacity, Ms. Leonhart, a career DEA Special Agent, directs the $2.02 billion agency and is responsible for over 10,000 employees in domestic offices throughout the U.S. and in 83 foreign offices in 63 countries. Ms. Leonhart had been the Acting Administrator since November 2007, and served as DEA’s Deputy Administrator since 2004.

Prior to becoming DEA Administrator and Deputy Administrator, Ms. Leonhart held several positions within DEA’s Senior Executive Service (SES). She was the Special Agent in Charge of DEA’s Los Angeles Field Division from 1998-2003. In that capacity, she commanded one of DEA’s largest Field Divisions and was responsible for all enforcement and administrative operations in the Los Angeles area, as well as Nevada, Hawaii, Guam and Saipan. She previously held the position of Special Agent in Charge of DEA’s San Francisco Field Division from 1997-1998, becoming DEA’s first female ever to be promoted to the position of Special Agent in Charge. Ms. Leonhart’s first appointment within the SES was in 1996 when she spearheaded DEA’s Special Agent Recruitment efforts at DEA Headquarters.

As a career DEA Special Agent, Ms. Leonhart held several key positions as she moved through the ranks of DEA. In 1995 she was promoted to the position of Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Los Angeles Field Division, responsible for Southwest Border enforcement operations and division administrative functions. Between 1993 and 1995, Ms. Leonhart held management positions within DEA Headquarters to include Career Board Executive Secretary, Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) Inspector, and Staff Coordinator in the Operations Division. Ms. Leonhart’s first supervisory position was in DEA’s San Diego Field Division. Prior to that, Ms. Leonhart initiated major drug investigations and conspiracy cases in Minneapolis and St. Louis, and served as a DEA Special Agent recruiter.

While at DEA, she attended Boston University’s Leadership Institute, and is the recipient of numerous awards and commendations in recognition of her leadership, performance and commitment to public service. She was awarded the rank of Distinguished Executive by President Bush in 2004, the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Service from President Bush in 2005, and the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Service from President Clinton in 2000. Additionally, Administrator Leonhart received the Law Enforcement Exploring William H. Spurgeon Award in 2006, the Women in Federal Law Enforcement Outstanding Federal Law Enforcement Employee Award in 2005, and the DEA Administrator’s Award in 1993.

Ms. Leonhart has more than 30 years in law enforcement, beginning her law enforcement career as a Baltimore City Police Officer after graduating from college in Minnesota with a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice in 1978. She joined the ranks of DEA as a Special Agent in 1980. A native of Minnesota, Ms. Leonhart is married and has two sons.

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