Former Vice President Walter Mondale, who served under Democrat President Jimmy Carter, died on Monday at the age of 93.
Mondale served as a vice president, senator, ambassador and as Minnesota’s attorney general throughout his career.
He served as vice president under Carter from 1977 to 1981, later unsuccessfully running for president against Republican Ronald Reagan in 1984.
Mondale’s campaign was noted for including the first female major party candidate as vice president. New York Rep. Geraldine Ferraro served as his running mate.
“When he won the Democratic Party presidential nomination in 1984, Vice President Mondale made a bold and historic choice,” Vice President Kamala Harris stated. “He selected Congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro as his running mate — the first woman to be nominated as Vice President on a major party ticket in American history.”
President Joe Biden noted regarding Mondale, “There have been few senators, before or since, who commanded such universal respect. … It was Walter Mondale who defined the vice presidency as a full partnership, and helped provide a model for my service.”
Former President Jimmy Carter stated, “Today I mourn the passing of my dear friend Walter Mondale, who I consider the best vice president in our country’s history. ”
He added, “During our administration, Fritz used his political skill and personal integrity to transform the vice presidency into a dynamic, policy-driving force that had never been seen before and still exists today. He was an invaluable partner and an able servant of the people of Minnesota, the United States, and the world.”