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George Mitchell Fast Facts

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

Personal:
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 (1997); Claire (2001); with Sally L. Heath: Andrea (c. 1965)
    Education: Bowdoin College, B.A., 1954; Georgetown University, L.L.B, 1960
    Military Service: United States 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 emigrated to the US from Lebanon when she was 18.
    Timeline:
    1960-1962 -
    Trial lawyer in the US Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, in Washington, D.C.
    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.
    1980 - Is appointed to complete the unexpired term of Senator Edmund Muskie who had resigned to become secretary of state. Mitchell is sworn in on May 19, 1980.
    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.
    1995 - President Bill Clinton appoints Mitchell as special adviser and United States Special Envoy for Northern Ireland.
    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.
    March 17, 1999 - Is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
    April 1999 - Is awarded the UNESCO Peace Prize.
    2000 - The Mitchell Scholarship Program is named in honor of the former senator. Scholars are US citizens between the age of 18 and 30 who spend a year studying in Ireland and Northern Ireland.
    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. Mitchell officially resigns on May 13th before the Obama administration's Mideast policy is announced on May 19.
    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 its most recent Mitchell Report, George Mitchell recognizes Penn State for the improvements it has exhibited towards the "athletics integrity agreement."
    May 2015 - His memoir, "The Negotiator: Reflections on an American Life," is released.