Walter Mondale Fast Facts
(CNN)Here's a look at the life of Walter Mondale, 42nd vice president of the United States.
Birth date: January 5, 1928Birth place: Ceylon, MinnesotaBirth name: Walter Frederick MondaleRead MoreFather: Theodore Mondale, a Methodist ministerMother: Claribel (Cowan) MondaleMarriage: Joan (Adams) Mondale (December 27, 1955-February 3, 2014, her death)Children: William, February 27, 1962; Eleanor, (January 19, 1960-September 17, 2011); Theodore "Teddy," October 12, 1957Education: University of Minnesota, B.A., 1951; University of Minnesota, L.L.B, 1956Military Service: US Army, 1951-1953, CorporalReligion: Presbyterian
Nicknamed "Fritz."Mondale announced during his acceptance speech at the 1984 Democratic nominating convention that he would raise taxes in order to reduce the budget deficit. "Let's tell the truth. . . Mr. Reagan will raise taxes, and so will I. He won't tell you, I just did."Colorado Sen. Gary Hart defeated Mondale in the New Hampshire primary in 1984 and had initial success positioning himself as the candidate of new ideas, until Mondale remarked, "When I hear your new ideas, I'm reminded of the [Wendy's] ad, 'Where's the beef?'"
1956-1960 – Lawyer in private practice.1960-1964 – Attorney General of Minnesota.1964 – Appointed US Senator from Minnesota after Hubert H. Humphrey is elected vice president. 1966 – Wins reelection to the US Senate.1972 – Wins reelection to the US Senate.1975 – Publishes his book, "The Accountability of Power: Toward a More Responsible Presidency."July 15, 1976 –Jimmy Carter asks Mondale to be his vice presidential running mate on the Democratic ticket. January 20, 1977-January 20, 1981 – Mondale serves as vice president under President Jimmy Carter.November 4, 1980 – Carter and Mondale are defeated in the presidential election by Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.1981-1987 – Member of the firm Winston & Strawn.July 1984 – Democratic presidential candidate Mondale chooses US Rep. Geraldine A. Ferraro (NY) as his running mate, the first woman vice presidential candidate for a major party.November 1984 – Mondale and Ferraro are defeated in the presidential election by Reagan and Bush.1987-1993 – Partner at Dorsey & Whitney in Minneapolis.1993-1996 – US Ambassador to Japan under President Bill Clinton.1997 – Rejoins Dorsey & Whitney as partner and senior counsel.1998 – Envoy to Indonesia under President Clinton.October 30, 2002 – In Minnesota, becomes the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party's candidate, filling the ballot position of the late Senator Paul Wellstone, who died October 25, 2002, in a plane crash.November 11, 2002 – Is defeated by Norm Coleman (R) in the race for the US Senate.June 24, 2008 – Accepts position as chairman of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes US-Asia relations.August 1, 2008 – Becomes Norway's honorary consul general for Minnesota.October 16, 2008 –"Fritz: The Walter Mondale Story," a documentary about Mondale's life, premieres at the Minnesota History Center.January 20, 2010 – Resigns from Norwegian honorary consul general post.October 2010 – Publishes a memoir, "The Good Fight: A Life in Liberal Politics," with David Hage.February 12, 2014 – Undergoes successful heart surgery in Rochester, Minnesota.March 7, 2015 – Is released from the hospital after being admitted with influenza.Original Article