|Honorable George Mitchell||
|George J. Mitchell served as U.S. Special Envoy for Middle East Peace from January 2009
to May 2011. Prior to that he had a distinguished career in public service. He was appointed to the United States Senate in 1980 to complete the unexpired term of Sen. Edmund S. Muskie,
who resigned to become Secretary of State. He was elected to a full term in the Senate in
1982 in a stunning come-from-behind victory. Mitchell went on to an illustrious career in the Senate spanning 15 years. In 1988, he was reelected with 81 percent of the vote, the largest margin in Maine history. He left the Senate in 1995 as the Senate majority leader, a position he had held since January 1989.
In 1995, he served as a Special Advisor to President Clinton on Ireland, and from 1996 to
2000 he served as the Independent Chairman of the Northern Ireland Peace Talks. Under
his leadership the Good Friday Agreement, an historic accord ending decades of conflict,
was agreed to by the governments of Ireland and the United Kingdom and the political
parties of Northern Ireland. For his service in Northern Ireland Mitchell received numerous
awards and honors, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor
given by the U.S. Government; the Philadelphia Liberty Medal; the Truman Institute Peace
Prize and the United Nations (UNESCO) Peace Prize.
Mitchell currently serves as chairman emeritus and Ex Officio Member of the global board
for international law firm DLA Piper. He previously served as chairman of the Board of
Directors of The Walt Disney Company; a member of the Board of the Boston Red Sox and
a director of several companies, including Federal Express, Xerox, Staples, Unilever and
Starwood Hotels and Resorts.
In 2008, TIME magazine named Mitchell one of the 100 most influential persons in the
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