Today's FBI: The Director

Photograph of Robert S. Mueller, III

The FBI is headed by a Director who is appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. On October 15, 1976, in reaction to the extraordinary 48-year term of J. Edgar Hoover, Congress passed Public Law 94-503, which limits the term of each FBI Director to ten years.

The current Director, Robert S. Mueller, III, was confirmed as Director of the FBI by the Senate on August 2, 2001. He took the oath of office on September 4, 2001. Director Mueller previously served as U.S. Attorney for the Districts of Northern California and Massachusetts and as Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Department of Justiceís Criminal Division. Director Mueller has experience in the private practice of law and is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. For three years, he also served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. Director Mueller holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University, a masterís degree in international relations from New York University, and a law degree from the University of Virginia.

Since its creation in 1908, the FBI has had ten Directors











Chief Examiner Stanley Finch

Chief A. Bruce Bielaski

Director William J. Flynn

Director William J. Burns

Director J. Edgar Hoover

Director Clarence M. Kelley

Director William H. Webster

Director William S. Sessions

Director Louis J. Freeh

Director Robert S. Mueller, III

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