George J. Mitchell

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George Mitchell

George Mitchell in Tel Aviv July 26, 2009.jpg
United States Senator
from Maine
In office
May 17, 1980 – January 3, 1995
Preceded byEdmund Muskie
Succeeded byOlympia Snowe
Senate Majority Leader
In office
January 3, 1989 – January 3, 1995
DeputyAlan Cranston (1989-1991)
Wendell H. Ford (1991-1995)
Preceded byRobert Byrd
Succeeded byBob Dole
2nd Deputy President pro tempore of the United States Senate
In office
January 3, 1987 – January 3, 1989
PresidentJohn C. Stennis
LeaderRobert Byrd
Preceded byHubert Humphrey (1978)
Succeeded byVacant
United States Special Envoy for Middle East Peace
In office
January 22, 2009 – May 13, 2011
Preceded byNone
Succeeded byDavid Hale
U.S. Special Envoy for Northern Ireland
In office
January 3, 1995 – January 20, 2001
Preceded byNone
Succeeded byRichard N. Haass
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maine
In office
October 5, 1979 – May 16, 1980
Nominated byJimmy Carter
Preceded byNew seat
Succeeded byConrad Keefe Cyr
Chancellor of Queen's University Belfast
In office
1999–2009
Preceded bySir David Orr
Succeeded byKamalesh Sharma
Personal details
Born
George John Mitchell, Jr.

(1933-08-20) August 20, 1933 (age 87)
Waterville, Maine, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)
Sally Heath
(m. 1961; div. 1987)

Heather MacLachlan (m. 1994)
Children3
Alma materBowdoin College
Georgetown University Law Center
ProfessionLawyer
Military service
Branch/serviceUnited States Army Counterintelligence Corps
Years of service1954-1956
RankUS-O2 insignia.svg First Lieutenant

George John Mitchell Jr. GBE (born August 20, 1933) is an American lawyer, businessman and politician. He is a Democrat. Mitchell served as a United States Senator from Maine from 1980 to 1995 and as Senate Majority Leader from 1989 to 1995.

Early life[change | change source]

Mitchell was born in Waterville, Maine. His father, George John Mitchell, Sr. (born Joseph Kilroy), was of ethnic Irish descent but was adopted by a Lebanese family when he was orphaned.[1]

Political career[change | change source]

In 1980, he was elected to the United States Senate. He became Senate Majority Leader in 1989. He briefly was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maine from 1979 to 1980.

Since retiring from the Senate in 1995, he had a key role in peace talks in Northern Ireland and the Middle East. He appointed United States Special Envoy for Northern Ireland (1995–2001) by President Clinton and as United States Special Envoy for Middle East Peace (2009–2011) by President Barack Obama.

He was a primary architect of the 1996 Mitchell Principles and the 1998 Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland, and was the main investigator in two "Mitchell Reports", one on the Arab–Israeli conflict (2001) and one on the use of performance-enhancing drugs in baseball (2007).

Post Senate career[change | change source]

Mitchell was chairman of The Walt Disney Company from March 2004 until January 2007, and later as chairman of the international law firm DLA Piper. He was the Chancellor of Queen's University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, from 1999 to 2009.

Mitchell also was a co-chair of the Housing Commission at the Bipartisan Policy Center.[2]

In 2015, unsealed court documents showed Mitchell's possible involvement with the Jeffrey Epstein child trafficking ring.[3][4]

Health[change | change source]

Mitchell was diagnosed with a "small, low grade, and localized" prostate cancer in 2007.[5]

In August 2020, he was diagnosed with leukemia.[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. Altman, Alex (January 22, 2009). "Middle East Envoy George Mitchell". Time Magazine. Retrieved February 19, 2009.
  2. Bipartisan Policy Center's Housing Commission Archived October 31, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  3. Musgrave, Jane. "Jeffrey Epstein victim: He farmed me out to ex-senator, governor for sex". The Palm Beach Post. Retrieved February 25, 2020.
  4. Sherman, Gabriel (August 9, 2019). "Powerful Men, Disturbing New Details in Unsealed Epstein Documents". Vanity Fair. Retrieved February 25, 2020.
  5. Quinn, T.J. (August 10, 2007). "Mitchell diagnosed with cancer. Mitchell is of Lebanese descent, his mother migrated to the United States in 1920". New York Daily News. Retrieved January 22, 2009.
  6. "Former Maine Sen. George Mitchell diagnosed with leukemia". Boston.com. Retrieved August 24, 2020.

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