With the firm belief that peace is always possible, and the practical experience as a peace negotiator in the once war-torn Northern Ireland to back it up, George Mitchell has become an invaluable resource to the United States government, particularly in times of conflict. Born in 1933 in Waterville, Maine, Mitchell has dedicated himself equally to issues of peace, justice, and education throughout his more than four decades of service to the United States. He began that service at the age of twenty-one with a two-year stint in the United States Army. He then received a law degree from Georgetown University and subsequently worked as an attorney for the Department of Justice, which marked his transition into politics. As of now, Mitchell has served as the U.S. Attorney for Maine, has been appointed to the U.S. Senate, elected Senate Majority Leader and, most recently, named American Special Envoy to the Middle East. In the fifteen years between his Senate work and his current post in the Obama administration, Mitchell concentrated on his passion for education. He served as the Chancellor of the Queen's University of Belfast where, today, a graduate scholarship for a dozen American students each year is named for him. A native of Maine, Mitchell also founded the Mitchell Institute, which works to inspire students from every geographic location in the state to earn a college degree. A brilliant attorney, inspirational diplomat, and indefatigable advocate for education who has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, George Mitchell has, without a doubt, established a lasting legacy not only in the United States, but abroad.
"There is no such thing as a conflict that can't be ended. Conflicts are created, conducted and sustained by human beings. They can be ended by human beings."