Francis M. Mullen

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Francis M. Mullen
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Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration
In office
July 10, 1981 – March 1, 1985
Acting: July 10, 1981 - November 10, 1983
PresidentRonald Reagan
Preceded byPeter B. Bensinger
Succeeded byJohn C. Lawn
Personal details
Born (1934-12-14) December 14, 1934 (age 85)
New London, Connecticut
Alma materCentral Connecticut State College
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Air Force

Francis M. "Bud" Mullen, Jr. (born 14 December 1934 in New London, Connecticut) is a former Executive Assistant Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and former Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).


Mullen began his life in New London, Connecticut, where after graduating from Central Connecticut State College (B.S. 1962) he served in the United States Air Force from 1953 to 1957. He became a police officer in New London, before being appointed as a FBI Special Agent in 1962.

Service with the DEA 1981-1985[edit]

In July 1981, Mullen was designated Acting Administrator of the DEA. However, it was not until 21 January 1982 that President Ronald Reagan announced his intention to nominate Mullen as DEA Administrator, succeeding Peter Bensinger.[1] Mullen served in an acting capacity from July 1981 until he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on 30 September 1983 and sworn in as the DEA's third Administrator on 10 November 1983. He served until 1 March 1985.

After DEA[edit]

After retiring from DEA on 1 March 1985, Mullen became the director of the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Commission in Uncasville, Connecticut at the Mohegan Sun Casino. He has since retired from that position.


  1. ^ "Nomination of Francis M. Mullen, Jr., To Be Administrator of Drug Enforcement". Public Papers of Ronald Reagan, January 1982. Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. January 21, 1982. Retrieved February 6, 2008.

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Government offices
Preceded by
Peter B. Bensinger
Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration
Succeeded by
John C. Lawn