Former Vice President Walter Mondale died at age 93 on Monday night, a household spokesperson introduced.
Mondale served underneath Democratic president Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1981 and was the primary vp to have an workplace within the White Home. Earlier than his time period as vp, Mondale served as Minnesota senator from 1964 to 1976. President Clinton subsequently appointed Mondale as ambassador to Japan in 1993.
Mondale ran for president in 1984 in opposition to incumbent Ronald Reagan however received solely Minnesota and Washington, D.C. Through the marketing campaign, Mondale selected New York congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro as his operating mate, the primary feminine nominee for vp in a significant American political occasion.
Mondale and his household concluded in current days that his demise was imminent, and he spoke by telephone on Sunday with President Biden, former Presidents Carter and Clinton, Vice President Kamala Harris, and Minnesota governor Tim Walz.
“Properly my time has come,” Mondale wrote in a letter to former staffers on Saturday. “I’m desirous to rejoin Joan and Eleanor. Earlier than I Go I needed to let you know the way a lot you imply to me. By no means has a public servant had a greater group of individuals working at their facet!” Mondale’s spouse, Joan, died in 2014, whereas his daughter, Eleanor, died in 2011 following a battle with mind most cancers.
President Carter termed Mondale “one of the best vp in our nation’s historical past” in an announcement Monday.
“He was a useful accomplice and an ready servant of the folks of Minnesota, the USA, and the world,” Carter stated. “Fritz Mondale offered us all with a mannequin for public service and personal habits.”