Tenet served as a member of the Senate Intelligence Special Committee from 1985 to 1988. From 1988 to 1992, he served as the Director of the Office of the Senate Intelligence Special Committee. From 1993 to 1995, he served as a special assistant to the President of the National Security Council and the Senior Director of Intelligence of the National Security Council. In July 1995, he served as deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Acting Director in December 1996. He was nominated as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency on March 19, 1997, and was approved by the Senate in July. On January 16, 2001, President-elect Bush asked him to stay in this post. He was also the first person in the CIA to be re-elected to the post in the event of a presidential change. In June 2004, Tenet resigned from the post of director of the CIA due to "personal reasons" (holding his post until mid-July).
Wife Stefani-Gracas Tenet. They have a son, who lives in Portmark, Maryland.