Former Vice President Walter Mondale Dies at 93

Born in Minnesota, Mondale was a long-time U.S. senator and the 1984 Democratic presidential nominee
Former Vice President Walter Mondale addresses a crowded Minneapolis, MN, Convention Center at a rally for Democratic Senatorial candidate Al Franken, October 30, 2008.

Photo by Shawn T. Perry

Walter “Fritz” Mondale has died at the age of 93. According to a family spokesperson, Mondale died of natural causes at his Minneapolis home.

A life-long public servant, the native of Ceylon, Minnesota, quickly rose through the ranks of Minnesota politics after attending Macalester College and the University of Minnesota. He became Minnesota attorney general in 1960, and then took over Hubert Humphrey’s seat in the U.S. Senate in 1964. Mondale was a senator until 1976, when he became President Jimmy Carter’s running mate and the two later served together in the White House. He would later lose in the 1984 presidential election to Ronald Reagan, but did carry his home state.

In a statement, Carter called Mondale “the best vice president in our country’s history.”

In a farewell letter to his staff posted by Axios, he said, “Together we have accomplished so much and I know you will keep up the good fight.”

The Star Tribune has published a lengthy obituary detailing his small-town beginnings up through his many accomplishments in public service. Here’s another at The New York Times.