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Mike Mansfield
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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
Senate Majority Leader
In office
January 3, 1961 – January 3, 1977
Deputy Hubert Humphrey
Russell B. Long
Ted Kennedy
Robert Byrd
Preceded by Lyndon B. Johnson
Succeeded by Robert Byrd
Senate Majority Whip
In office
January 3, 1957 – January 3, 1961
Leader Lyndon Johnson
Preceded by Earle C. Clements
Succeeded by Hubert Humphrey
United States Senator
from Montana
In office
January 3, 1953 – January 3, 1977
Preceded by Zales Ecton
Succeeded by John Melcher
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
Personal details
Born
Michael Joseph Mansfield

(1903-03-16)March 16, 1903
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died October 5, 2001(2001-10-05) (aged 98)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Resting place Arlington National Cemetery
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s)
Maureen Hayes (m. 1932)
Children 1 daughter
Education University of Montana, Tech
University of Montana, Missoula (BA, MA)
University of California, Los Angeles
Signature
Military service
Allegiance  United States
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 First Class (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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