Meet & Greet: Senator George J. Mitchell


The Common Good hosted Senator George Mitchell, who discussed lessons learned in foreign policy and government, touching on Iran, Syria, and America's role in the world.

Senator George Mitchell is an American politician and businessman. Mitchell was appointed to the United States Senate in 1980 to complete the unexpired term of Senator Edmund S. Muskie who had resigned to become Secretary of State. Mitchell was elected to a full term in the Senate in 1982. In 1986, he chaired the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, and was instrumental in his party regaining a majority in the Senate. Mitchell himself was reelected in 1988 with 81 percent of the vote, the largest margin in the history of the state of Maine. At the opening of the next session, he was elected Senate Majority Leader, the second most powerful elected official in the United States, a position he held for the next six years. For six consecutive years he was voted “the most respected member” of the Senate by a bipartisan group of senior congressional aides. In 1994, George Mitchell declined an appointment to the Supreme Court of the United States in order to remain in the Senate and pursue the struggle for universal national health care.


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