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George Mitchell more recently 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 U.S. Senate in 1980 to complete the unexpired tearm of Sen. Edmund S. Muskie. He was elected to a full term in the Senate in 1982 in a come-from-behind victory. Mitchell went on to a career in the Senate spanning 15 years. He left the Senate in 1995 as the Senate majority leader, a position he had held since January 1989.
In 2007, Mitchell joined follow former Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Bob Dole and Tom Daschle, to found the Bipartisan Policy Center, a non-profit think tank that works to develop policies suitable for bipartisan support.