George Mitchell Fast Facts

Here is a look at the life of George Mitchell, former U.S. 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 (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 U.S. from Lebanon when she was 18.

1960-1962 -
Trial lawyer in the U.S. 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 - U.S. Attorney for the District of Maine - appointed by President Jimmy Carter.

1979-1980 - U.S. 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 U.S. 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 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 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 Co. 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 20, 2011 - Special envoy to the Middle East.

January 22, 2009 - President Barack Obama names Mitchell as the special envoy to the Middle East.

May 20, 2011 - Mitchell's resignation as the Obama administration's Mideast envoy takes effect. Resignation was announced May 13, 2011.

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."

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