PORTLAND — Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell’s upcoming wedding will be a small gathering, attended only by family members and close friends.
The Maine Democrat, who is retiring from the Senate, will marry Heather MacLachlan, a New York sports agent, Dec. 10 at an undisclosed church in New York City, sources close to Mitchell told the Portland Press Herald.
“Senator Mitchell prefers the details to remain private,” said his spokesman, David Bragdon. He would only say that the wedding will be held before the end of the year.
Among those expected to attend the ceremony are Mitchell’s brothers and their wives, and Harold and Luanne Pachios of Cape Elizabeth. Harold Pachios, a Portland lawyer, is one of Mitchell’s closest friends in Maine.
Mitchell and MacLachlan, both tennis fans, met in September 1993 at the U.S. Open in New York. They were introduced by a mutual friend, Ion Tiriac, a flamboyant former Romanian tennis pro and manager.
Friends say the couple’s relationship blossomed quickly. This fall, Mitchell escorted MacLachlan to a White House dinner and introduced her to his brothers. Mitchell frequently traveled to New York to see her.
Mitchell, 61, is a former federal judge and prosecutor who turned down a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court and is said to be in line to become the next commissioner of Major League Baseball.
MacLachlan, 36, was born and raised in Canada. MacLachlan is managing director for T-V Enterprises, Tiriac’s sports marketing firm in New York, and has managed the careers of such athletes as Boris Becker.
In March, Mitchell announced his retirement from the Senate, but stressed that his relationship was not a factor in his decision to leave the Senate or to turn down the Supreme Court post.
Mitchell had been married for 28 years prior to his divorce in 1987.
Maine’s other senator, Republican William Cohen, is also engaged. He plans to marry Janet Langhart, a former television personality. No wedding date has been set, according to a spokeswoman for Cohen.