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Mike Mansfield
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United States Senator
from Montana
In office
January 3, 1953 – January 3, 1977
Preceded by Zales Ecton
Succeeded by John Melcher
Senate Majority Leader
In office
January 3, 1961 – January 3, 1977
Deputy Hubert Humphrey (1961–65)
Russell B. Long (1965–69)
Ted Kennedy (1969–71)
Robert Byrd (1971–77)
Preceded by Lyndon Johnson
Succeeded by Robert Byrd
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Montana's 1st district
In office
January 3, 1943 – January 3, 1953
Preceded by Jeannette Rankin
Succeeded by Lee Metcalf
22nd United States Ambassador to Japan
In office
June 10, 1977 – December 22, 1988
President Jimmy Carter
Ronald Reagan
Preceded by James D. Hodgson
Succeeded by Michael Armacost
Personal details
Michael Joseph Mansfield

(1903-03-16)March 16, 1903
New York City
Died October 5, 2001(2001-10-05) (aged 98)
Washington, D.C.
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Maureen Hayes Mansfield (1905-2000)
Children Anne Fairclough Mansfield
Profession Professor of history
Military service
Branch/service United States Navy
United States Army
United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1918 - 1919 (Navy)
1919 - 1920 (Army)
1920 - 1922 (Marine Corps)
Rank Seaman (Navy)
Private (Army)
Private (Marine Corps)
Battles/wars World War I

Michael Joseph "Mike" Mansfield (March 16, 1903 – October 5, 2001) was an American politician. He was a member of the Democratic Party. He served as a U.S. Representative (1943–1953) and a U.S. Senator (1953–1977) from Montana. He was the longest-serving Senate Majority Leader, serving from 1961 to 1977.

During his time, he led Great Society programs through the Senate and strongly opposed the Vietnam War.

After retiring from the Senate, Mansfield served as U.S. Ambassador to Japan from 1977 to 1988. On retiring as ambassador, he was awarded the nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1989). He won this in part for his role in the resignation of Republican President Richard Nixon. Mansfield is the longest-serving American ambassador to Japan in history.

After his ambassadorship, Mansfield served for a time as a senior adviser on East Asian affairs to Goldman Sachs, the Wall Street investment banking company.

Mansfield died of congestive heart failure in Washington, D.C. on October 5, 2001. He was aged 98.

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