|Senator George J. Mitchell
- --Born in Watervill, ME on August 20, 1933.
- --One Child: Andrea
- --B.A., Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME, 1954.
- --U.S. Army Counterintelligence Corps, Berlin, 1954-56.
- --LL.B., Georgetown University Law Center, 1960.
- --Lawyer, Antitrust Division, Department of Justice, 1960-62.
- --Executive Assistant, Sen. Edmund Muskie, 1962-65.
- --Chairman, Democrat State Party, Maine, 1966-68.
- --Partner, Jensen, Baird, Gardner, Donovan & Henry, Portland, ME, 1965-77.
- --U.S. Attorney for Maine, 1977-70.
- --Appointed U.S. Senator, 1980.
- --Reelected to U.S. Senate, 1982, 1988.
- --Elected Senate Majority Leader for 101st Congress, 1988.
*As Senate Majority leader, Sen. Mitchell is considered one of the most visible elected Democrats in the country. He controls the order and timing of all legislation on the Senate floor and is one of President Bush's chief opponents in the Congress. Although opposed to the use of force, he has supported our troops in the Gulf now that Operation Desert Storm has commenced.
Mitchell, like most of the Congress, consigned himself to playing a near invisible role during operations. He was kept informed of the operations through the President and his staff, but had little role in the conduct of the war. During Operation Desert Shield, he was part of the leadership of the Congress that refused to bring the President's resolution to the floor for a vote until January, and this delay and his vote may have cost the Democrats the next Presidential election. Mitchell's own future appears safe, although many who were speculating he would make a good Presidential candidate before the war are no longer heard from now that the war is over.
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