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 by Edmund Muskie
Succeeded by Olympia Snowe
Senate Majority Leader
In office
January 3, 1989 – January 3, 1995
Deputy Alan Cranston (1989-1991)
Wendell H. Ford (1991-1995)
Preceded by Robert Byrd
Succeeded by Bob Dole
2nd Deputy President pro tempore of the United States Senate
In office
January 3, 1987 – January 3, 1989
President John C. Stennis
Leader Robert Byrd
Preceded by Hubert Humphrey (1978)
Succeeded by Vacant
United States Special Envoy for Middle East Peace
In office
January 22, 2009 – May 13, 2011
Preceded by None
Succeeded by David Hale
U.S. Special Envoy for Northern Ireland
In office
January 3, 1995 – January 20, 2001
Preceded by None
Succeeded by Richard N. Haass
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maine
In office
October 5, 1979 – May 16, 1980
Nominated by Jimmy Carter
Preceded by New seat
Succeeded by Conrad Keefe Cyr
Chancellor of Queen's University Belfast
In office
Preceded by Sir David Orr
Succeeded by Kamalesh Sharma
Personal details
Born George John Mitchell, Jr.
(1933-08-20) August 20, 1933 (age 85)
Waterville, Maine, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Sally Heath
(m. 1961; div. 1987)

Heather MacLachlan (m. 1994)
Children 3
Alma mater Bowdoin College
Georgetown University Law Center
Profession Lawyer
Religion Maronite Catholicism[1]
Military service
Service/branch United States Army Counterintelligence Corps
Years of service 1954-1956
Rank US-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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