George J. Mitchell
|United States Senator|
May 17, 1980 – January 3, 1995
|Preceded by||Edmund Muskie|
|Succeeded by||Olympia Snowe|
|Senate Majority Leader|
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|
January 3, 1987 – January 3, 1989
|President||John C. Stennis|
|Preceded by||Hubert Humphrey (1978)|
|United States Special Envoy for Middle East Peace|
January 22, 2009 – May 13, 2011
|Succeeded by||David Hale|
|U.S. Special Envoy for Northern Ireland|
January 3, 1995 – January 20, 2001
|Succeeded by||Richard N. Haass|
|Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maine|
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|
|Preceded by||Sir David Orr|
|Succeeded by||Kamalesh Sharma|
George John Mitchell, Jr.
August 20, 1933
Waterville, Maine, U.S.
(m. 1961; div. 1987)
Heather MacLachlan (m. 1994)
|Alma mater||Bowdoin College|
Georgetown University Law Center
|Branch/service||United States Army Counterintelligence Corps|
|Years of service||1954-1956|
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]
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.
Health[change | change source]
References[change | change source]
- Altman, Alex (January 22, 2009). "Middle East Envoy George Mitchell". Time Magazine. Retrieved February 19, 2009.
- Bipartisan Policy Center's Housing Commission Archived October 31, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
- Musgrave, Jane. "Jeffrey Epstein victim: He farmed me out to ex-senator, governor for sex". The Palm Beach Post. Retrieved February 25, 2020.
- Sherman, Gabriel (August 9, 2019). "Powerful Men, Disturbing New Details in Unsealed Epstein Documents". Vanity Fair. Retrieved February 25, 2020.
- 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.
- "Former Maine Sen. George Mitchell diagnosed with leukemia". Boston.com. Retrieved August 24, 2020.
Other websites[change | change source]
- Quotations related to George Mitchell at Wikiquote
- Media related to George J. Mitchell at Wikimedia Commons
- United States Congress. "George J. Mitchell (id: M000811)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- George John Mitchell at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- George J. Mitchell on IMDb
- "George J. Mitchell collected news and commentary". The Guardian.
- George J. Mitchell collected news and commentary at The New York Times
- Works by or about George J. Mitchell in libraries (WorldCat catalog)