Senator George J. Mitchell
U.S. Senate Majority Leader (1989-1995)
Independent Chairman of the Northern Ireland Peace Talks (1996-2000)
U.S. Special Envoy for Middle East Peace (2009-2011)
"Negotiating in Business, Politics and Peace"
“A strong economy and strong military are essential to our security, our freedom and our prosperity, but power must be deployed not as an alternative to our ideals, but in service to them.”
- Senator George J. Mitchell
Senator Mitchell received an undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College and a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center. He served in Berlin, Germany, as an officer in the U.S. Army Counter-Intelligence Corps from 1954 to 1956, followed by positions as a trial lawyer in the Justice Department and executive assistant to Sen. Edmund S. Muskie. Returning to Maine for more than a decade in private legal practice, he was appointed U.S. Attorney for Maine, then U.S. District Judge for Maine. He resigned that position in 1980 to accept appointment to the U.S. Senate.
Senator Mitchell served in the U.S. Senate from 1980 to 1995, where he held a variety of important leadership roles including Senate Majority Leader from 1989 to 1995. After leaving Congress in 1995, Mitchell served as a Special Advisor on Ireland to President Clinton, and from 1996 to 2000 was instrumental in the peace negotiations which lead to the Good Friday Agreement, a historic accord ending decades of conflict between the political parties of Northern Ireland and the governments of the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Following the success in Ireland, in 2000, President Clinton, Prime Minister Barak of Israel, and Chairman Arafat of the Palestinian Authority asked Mitchell to serve as Chairman of an International Fact-Finding Committee on Violence in the Middle East. Published in 2001, the committee’s recommendation, widely known as the Mitchell Report, was endorsed by the Bush Administration, the European Union and many other governments. In January 2009, President Obama appointed Mitchell as the administration’s Special Envoy for Middle East Peace, a position he left in May 2011.