George Mitchell Fast Facts

Posted at 11:48 AM, Jul 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-30 13:48:40-04

Here is a look at the life of George Mitchell, former US senator (D-Maine).

Birth date: August 20, 1933

Birth place: Waterville, Maine

Birth name: George John Mitchell

Father: George Mitchell, a janitor

Mother: Mary (Saad) Mitchell

Marriages: Heather MacLachlan (December, 1994-present); Sally L. Heath (1959-1987, divorced)

Children: with Heather MacLachlan: Andrew, Claire; with Sally L. Heath: Andrea

Education: Bowdoin College, B.A., 1954; Georgetown University, L.L.B, 1960

Military Service: US Army Counter Intelligence Corps, 1954-1956

Other Facts:
Has been a board member of several major companies, including Walt Disney Company, Xerox and FedEx.

His mother immigrated to the United States from Lebanon when she was 18.

1960-1962 – Trial lawyer in the US Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, in Washington.

1962-1965Executive assistant to Senator Edmund S. Muskie of Maine.

1965-1977 – Private practice lawyer in Portland, Maine.

1974 – Runs unsuccessfully for governor of Maine.

1977-1979 US Attorney for the District of Maine – appointed by President Jimmy Carter.

1979-1980 US District Court Judge for the District of Maine.

May 19, 1980 – Is sworn in to the US Senate, having been appointed to complete the term left vacant by Muskie, who is now secretary of state.

1982 Runs for and wins a US Senate seat in Maine.

1988 Is re-elected with 81% of the vote. He does not run in 1994.

1989-1994 – Senate Majority Leader.

1989-1995 – Serves as co-chair of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee with Tom Daschle of South Dakota (1989-99) and Harry Reid of Nevada (1995-99).

1994 – Declines an offer from President Bill Clinton to be nominated for a seat on the US Supreme Court.

1995 President Clinton appoints Mitchell as special adviser and US special envoy for Northern Ireland.

1995 – The Mitchell Scholarship Program is named in his honor. Scholars are US citizens between the ages of 18 and 30 who spend a year studying in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The first class commences in 2000.

1995-2003 – Special counsel at Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand.

1996-2000 Independent Chairman of the Northern Ireland Peace Talks.

1998 – Receives an honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for his leadership role in negotiations between Northern Ireland and Ireland that resulted in the Good Friday Peace Agreement.

1999 – Establishes the George Mitchell Institute to lend support to the Mitchell Scholarship Program.

March 17, 1999 Is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

April 1999 Is awarded the UNESCO Peace Prize.

2000 and 2001 – Chairman of an International Fact-Finding Committee on Violence in the Middle East.

March 3, 2004-December 31, 2006 Chairman of the Walt Disney Company board of directors.

2005-2009 Chairman of the global board of international law firm DLA Piper. Remains a partner.

March 30, 2006 Is appointed by Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig to investigate alleged steroid use by Major League Baseball players.

December 13, 2007 The Mitchell Report on steroids is released.

January 22, 2009-May 19, 2011 Special envoy to the Middle East, named by President Barack Obama.

August 1, 2012 The NCAA selects Mitchell as the independent athletics integrity monitor at Penn State, effective immediately for a five-year appointment.

May 31, 2013 – In his third quarterly report as independent Athletics Integrity Monitor at Penn State, Mitchell recognizes Penn State “has continued to press forward in good faith in fulfilling its obligations under the AIA.”

June 2014 – Mitchell joins Teneo, a global consulting firm, as a senior adviser.

May 2015 – His memoir, “The Negotiator: Reflections on an American Life,” is published.