The 15th Director of Central Intelligence and the 22nd United States Secretary of Defense from 2006 to 2001 who is considered the best defense secretary of the post-World War II era. He also served as the 22nd President of Texas A&M University.
He received a Ph.D. from Georgetown University in Russian and Soviet history.
He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Presidential Citizens Medal, and the National Security Medal.
He has two children with Becky Gates after marrying in 1967.
President George W. Bush nominated Gates for Secretary of Defense and later received the George Bush Award in 2007.