Mitchell was at work on a master’s degree when he took a job at Chrysler. He transferred to Ross Education, a professional health care training network, in 1985. He was a manager in workforce training and rose to CEO, holding the job for six years until retiring in 2011.
He was also chairman of the Faith and Freedom Coalition of Michigan, a state branch of the faith mobilization group.
Michigan Rep. Fred Upton, a moderate Republican known for crossing the aisle to vote with Democrats, celebrated Mitchell in a tweet, calling him “a trooper to the very end” and “a valuable member of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus.”
“He had grown very tired of the gridlock in Washington … and always wanted to make a difference and that is what he did. Paul left Congress seeking more quality time with his family and I am so sad for all of them to see his life cut short,” Upton said.
Mitchell announced he would not seek reelection for a third term in July 2019. In spite of his conservative record, he cited his dislike of the partisan logjam that prevented Congress from achieving goals.
“My objective was to stay 10 years,” Mitchell said. “But I came to the determination I was not doing the things I came here to do.”
But the Michigander, whose Twitter profile described him as an “opinionated defender of our Constitution and nation,” was still full of personality in his final days.
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