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
BornGeorge John Mitchell, Jr.
(1933-08-20) August 20, 1933 (age 85)
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
ReligionMaronite Catholicism[1]
Military service
Service/branchUnited 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.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. AFP, Obama's new Mideast envoy begins regional tour in Egypt, Jan 27, 2009
  2. Altman, Alex (January 22, 2009). "Middle East Envoy George Mitchell". Time Magazine. Retrieved February 19, 2009.

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