WASHINGTON — President Clinton on Friday said he would appoint former Sen. George Mitchell of Maine as a member of the Roosevelt-Campobello International Park Commission.
A favorite vacation spot for President Franklin D. Roosevelt for more than 50 years, the site is now an international park on Campobello Island in New Brunswick, across from Lubec and Eastport in Maine.
The commission was established in 1963 by an international treaty between the United States and Canada to reinforce the positive relationship between the two neighboring countries.
Mitchell serves as chairman of the International Crisis Group and as special counsel at the Washington-based law firm of Verner, Liipfert, Bernard, McPherson and Hand. He left the Senate in 1995 after having served as majority leader since January 1989.
“George Mitchell will be an outstanding member of the Roosevelt-Campobello International Park Commission,” said Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine. “His extensive experience gives him the ideal background for service on the commission overseeing this unique park spanning [the] border between the United States and Canada.
“Senator Mitchell’s appointment is made all the more meaningful because his service will follow the unstinting commitment to the park shown for so many years by his mentor and friend, the late Senator Edmund S. Muskie, on the commission,” Snowe said.