Hassib Sabbagh Distinguished Lecture on Diplomacy with Senator George Mitchell - Video
- Wednesday, May 7, 2014
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Consulate General of Hungary
223 East 52nd Street
New York, NY
- Event type
- Lecture / Panel
Event Transcripts and Video
George J. Mitchell served as US 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 United States Senate in 1980. He was elected to a full term in the Senate in 1982.
In 1988, he was reelected with 81 percent of the vote, the largest margin in Maine history. He left the Senate in 1995 as the Senate majority leader, a position he had held since January 1989.
While in the Senate, Senator Mitchell served on the Finance, Veterans Affairs, and Environment and Public Works Committees. He led the successful 1990 reauthorization of the Clean Air Act, including new controls on acid rain toxins. He was the author of the first national oil spill prevention and cleanup law. Senator Mitchell led the Senate to passage of the nation's first child care bill and was principal author of the low-income housing tax credit program. He was instrumental in the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, landmark legislation extending civil rights protections to the disabled. Senator Mitchell's efforts led to the passage of a higher education bill that expanded opportunities for millions of Americans.