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George Mitchell

George Mitchell

1933 - Present.  George Mitchell was born in Waterville and studied at Bowdoin College. After a distinguished career in the legal field, Mitchell was named a U.S. District Court judge by President Carter in 1979.  His judicial appointment was short lived, however, as newly appointed Secretary of State Edmund Muskie recommended, and then Governor Joseph Brennan appointed Mitchell to complete the remaining two years of Muskie's term as Senator.  Mitchell went on to a remarkable career as Senator from Maine.  He was appointed to the Select Committee on the Iran - Contra Affair, which aided his election to the post of Senate Majority Leader in 1988.  Despite retiring from the Senate in 1994, Mitchell has continued to lead. His most recent accomplishments include brokering the peace accords in Northern Ireland (1998), serving as chairman of an International Fact Finding Committee on violence in the Middle East (2001), and investigating steroid use in Major League Baseball (2007). He is the founder of the Mitchell Institute, a statewide scholarship program whose mission is to increase the likelihood that young people from every community in Maine will aspire to, pursue and achieve a college education.

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