One of the most distinguished Vice Presidents in recent United States history, Walter Mondale, has passed away at the age of 93.
Axios reported the news on Monday evening, with a family spokesperson delivering the news. There is not yet a cause of death released or reported.
With a career in politics stretching over half a century, Mondale was impactful in many ways. However, his work with 39th President of the United States Jimmy Carter is his most notable.
He is survived by two children. His eldest son, Ted, is the CEO of Nazca Solutions. He also served in the Minnesota State Senate, and was unsuccessful in an attempt to run for the state’s governor.
In addition, his other son, William, served as the assistant Attorney General of Minnesota for 10 years. This was from 1990 to 2000.
Unfortunately, both Mondale’s wife and only daughter have passed. Joan Mondale was a supporter of the arts in and out of politics. She died on February 3, 2014. His daughter, Eleanor, was on talk radio and sadly passed due to brain cancer in 2011.
Political Career of Walter Mondale
Mondale first came into prominence on the national scene in 1964. The future Vice President was appointed to the Minnesota Senate seat previously held by Hubert Humphrey. Like Mondale, Humphrey left Minnesota for Vice President.
In 1966, Mondale won his first Senate election, beating Republican opponent Robert A. Forsythe. Mondale went on to win each of his Senate races up until his VP term. During that time he worked for NASA, was offered the VP job by Michael McGovern in 1972 and was on numerous task forces.
He was famously moderate in his approach. He famously won reelection in 1972, despite a legendary landslide win by the 37th President of the United States Richard Nixon.
It was in 1977 that Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale took office. During the pair’s term, Mondale became well known for his efforts in foreign policy. With the Iran Hostage Crisis taking place, Mondale looked to address issues of the country.
As with his foreign policy, Mondale is credited with being the first Vice President to add more duties to the job. Rather than being the person who is next up should the President be killed, he took on new roles and ownership.
His career continued long after the pair lost their re-election bid. Mondale ran for President in 1984, losing to Ronald Reagan. He also stepped in as a replacement for Paul Wellstone, who died in a plane crash, in the 2002 Minnesota Senate election. He lost to Norm Coleman.