George Mitchell Fast Facts
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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 (1994-present); Sally L. Heath (1959-1987, divorced)
Children: with Heather MacLachlan: Andrew and Claire; with Sally L. Heath: Andrea
Education: Bowdoin College, B.A., 1954; Georgetown University, L.L.B, 1960
Military Service: US Army Counterintelligence Corps, 1954-1956
Has been a board member of several major companies, including The 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.
1962-1965 - Executive 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 as a US Senator, having been appointed to complete the term left vacant by Muskie, who became secretary of state.
1982 - Runs for and wins a US Senate seat in Maine.
1988 - Is reelected with 81% of the vote. He does not run in 1994.
1989-1994 - Senate Majority Leader.
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.
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.
November 27, 2002 - Is appointed vice chairman of the new independent commission investigating the September 11 terrorist attacks. Mitchell resigns a month later saying the workload would be too much and citing potential conflicts of interest with his law firm.
2005-2009 - Chairman of the global board of international law firm DLA Piper. Remains a consultant.
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.
August 1, 2012 - The NCAA selects Mitchell as the independent athletics integrity monitor at Penn State, effective immediately for a five-year appointment.
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.
August 9, 2019 - Hundreds of pages of court documents are unsealed in a New York federal court alleging new details of sexual abuse claims against multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein and several of his associates. The documents were produced as a result of a lawsuit Virginia Roberts Giuffre filed against Ghislaine Maxwell. They include allegations by Giuffre that she was instructed by Maxwell to have sex with Mitchell, former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and others. Mitchell calls the claim false, adding: "I have never met, spoken with or had any contact with Ms. Giuffre."
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