George J. Mitchell (1933) is President Barack Obama's Special Envoy for Middle East Peace. He is a member of the International Crisis Group. He has been involved in other peacemaking, including Special Advisor to the President and the Secretary of State for Economic Initiatives in Ireland (1995-2000); chairman, Sharm el-Sheikh International Fact-Finding Committee to examine crisis in Middle East (2000-2001); awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on March 17, 1999.
Following graduation from Bowdoin College, he served in the United States Army Counter Intelligence Corps, Berlin, Germany, 1954-1956; admitted to the District of Columbia and Maine bars in 1960 and commenced practice in Portland, Maine, 1965; trial attorney, Antitrust Division, Department of Justice, Washington, D.C., 1960-1962; executive assistant to Senator Edmund S. Muskie 1962-1965; practiced law, Portland, 1965-1977; assistant county attorney for Cumberland County, Maine, 1971; unsuccessful candidate for governor of Maine in 1974; United States Attorney for Maine 1977-1979; Judge, for United States District of Maine, 1979-1980.
President Obama quickly named him special envoy to the Middle East peace process. Martin Indyk, director of foreign policy at the Brookings Institution and former U.S. Ambassador to Israel and , said “He’s neither pro-Israeli nor pro-Palestinian...He’s, in a sense, neutral.” Walter Isaacson, president of the Aspen Institute, said the job was creating an economically stable West Bank as a prerequisite for a two-state solution. 
- Mark Landler (22 January 2009), "Seasoned Negotiator to Serve as a Mideast Envoy", New York Times
- "U.S. envoy George Mitchell heads to Syria for talks", Reuters, 23 July 2009