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From the Author's Statement of Intent:
"George P. Mitchell (1919-2013) was born in Galveston, Texas, to a family of Greek immigrants.
He was not a man who inherited wealth. He worked his way through Texas A&M University,
where he was the captain of the tennis team and graduated first in his class with a degree in
petroleum engineering. After receiving his degree, he served his country in the Army Corps of
Engineers during World War II.
George Mitchell founded an independent oil and gas company, Mitchell Energy & Development
Corporation. Through his efforts he discovered a method to unlock the natural gas and oil
contained in the dense shale formation thousands of feet below the earth's surface that started an
industry revolution to drive a boom in oil and gas production.
Cynthia Mitchell, George Mitchell's wife, has also created her own legacy as a dedicated
supporter of the arts, educational initiatives, and humanitarian issues. She spearheaded the effort
to launch the University of Houston's Distinguished Authors Program, helped establish the
Global Children's Foundation to provide safe havens for young victims of war and tyranny, and
helped develop the Houston Symphony.
Through their foundation, the Mitchells have spearheaded efforts to create better communities in
cities across the State of Texas. Specifically, the Mitchells have led efforts to revitalize their
hometown of Galveston, Texas, by taking leading roles in the rejuvenation of Galveston's
historic Strand District through restoration of many commercial buildings.
Given George and Cynthia Mitchell's contribution to the City of Galveston and also to the state
of Texas, it is fitting to name the causeway connecting the city with the rest of the state as the
George and Cynthia Mitchell Memorial Causeway."
We remain neutral on all legislation relating to memorials or honorariums.
The second chamber sponsor is Senator Larry Taylor.