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Walter Frederick Mondale.
Age - 74; born Jan. 5, 1928.
Education - Attended Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn.; graduated from University of Minnesota, 1951; graduated from University of Minnesota Law School, 1956.
Experience: - Served in Army, 1951-1953; admitted to Minnesota bar, 1956; currently practices law in Minneapolis.
Personal: - Wife, Joan Adams Mondale, married in 1955; three children, Ted, William and Eleanor.
Background: Born in Ceylon, Minn., to a Methodist minister and a music teacher.
Political background: Minnesota attorney general, 1960-1964; member President's Consumer Advisory Council, 1960-1964; U.S. senator, 1964-1976; chairman Select Committee on Equal Education Opportunity 1969-1973; vice president under Carter, 1977-1981; unsuccessful Democratic nominee for president, 1984; ambassador to Japan, 1993-1996. Mondale's selection of Rep. Geraldine Ferraro of New York as his running mate in 1984 made him the first major-party presidential nominee to put a woman on the ticket.

•Meet the Candidate interview on MPR's Midday broadcast. Listen (10/31/02)

•Interview with Mondale on the occasion of the renaming of the renaming of the U of M Law School hall in his name. Listen (5/17/01)

•Mondale discussed civil rights during an appearance on MPR's Midday. Listen (1/21/02)

U.S. Senate
Walter Mondale (DFL)
Snapshot With Paul Wellstone's death in a plane crash in Minnesota, party leaders again are looking to Mondale to run for the seat, which could determine which party controls the Senate. Mondale, 74, is not saying whether he will run. Wellstone's family has asked Mondale to replace Wellstone on the Nov. 5 ballot, and a source who had spoken to Mondale said he was likely to accept. In 1964, when Democrat Hubert Humphrey left the Senate to become vice president, Mondale was appointed to succeed him. Mondale served until 1976, when he, too, ascended to the vice presidency, under Jimmy Carter. After a failed presidential bid, Mondale went on to serve as ambassador to Japan in the Clinton administration and has worked at a law firm in Minneapolis since returning in 1996.
From the campaign

Senator-elect ColemanColeman wins; Mondale concedes
Nov. 6 -- Exactly one week after he entered Minnesota's Senate race as a fill-in for the late Sen. Paul Wellstone, Walter Mondale conceded that race on Wednesday to Republican Norm Coleman. "It appears that this election has been decided and a few minutes ago I called Senator-elect Coleman to congratulate him on his success and wish him and Laurie the best in his new assignment," Mondale told supporters at a St. Paul hotel. (More)

GOP boss Ron EibensteinerHow did it happen? What does it mean?
Nov. 6 -- Minnesota Republicans are ecstatic, and Democrats are reeling from the near-Republican sweep of the general election. Republicans won races for U.S. Senate, governor, two closely-watched suburban congressional seats, and all but one constitutional office. Political observers say the reasons range from the messages of the campaigns to reaction to the memorial service for the late Sen. Paul Wellstone. (More)

Dean BarkleyVentura appoints Barkley to Wellstone seat
Nov. 4 - Gov. Ventura has appointed independent Dean Barkley as the temporary replacement to late U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone. Ventura says he's angry that debate organizers continue to exclude third-party candidates from participating. (More)

Senate Campaign Stories

Coleman beats Mondale; claims Senate seat (11/6/02)
How did it happen? What does it mean? (11/6/02)
Mondale, Coleman hold debate (11/4/02)
Conflicting polls add to campaign confusion (11/3/02)
Mondale campaigns on Iron Range (11/3/02)
White House visits boost Coleman (11/3/02)
Minnesota court orders new absentee ballots in Senate race (10/31/02)
Senate candidates hit the road (10/31/02)
Senate race resumes (10/30/02)
GOP restarts campaign after Wellstone death (10/28/02)
DFL, Wellstone family, look to Mondale (10/27/02)
Despite grief, DFL struggles with political reality (10/26/02)
Wellstone, 7 others, killed in plane crash (10/25/02)
Senate race:What now? (10/25/02)
Senate candidates disagree over economy in Chamber of Commerce debate (10/21/02)
Four Senate candidates debate in Rochester (10/18/02)
Three-way Senate debate in Moorhead (10/16/02)
Senate candidates focus on economy (10/16/02)
Three-way Senate debate in Moorhead (10/16/02)
Wellstone, Coleman debate; Tricomo, Moore shut out (10/12/02)
Senate race issue: Prescription drugs (10/9/02)
Wellstone looks to suburbs (10/7/02)
Iraq issue has Wellstone on defensive (9/27/02)
Coleman calls for first strike against Iraq (9/23/02)
Coleman, Wellstone spar over Social Security ads (9/20/02)
Voters making up their minds: It's close (9/18/02)
Ad Watch: Gloves come off (9/16/02)
McGaa ousted from Senate race; Incumbent lawmakers advance (9/11/02)
Senate candidates in raucous debate at State Fair (8/30/02)
Ad Watch: Coleman, Wellstone tangle over Social Security (8/29/02)
Food, fun and politicking at the fair (8/26/02)
Candidates debate wildlife issues, gun control(8/17/02)
Attack ads target Wellstone(8/14/02)
Senate candidates debate for the first time(8/6/02)
McGaa officially launches Senate campaign (8/5/02)
Wellstone paints Coleman with a 'big business' brush (7/30/02)
Coleman, Wellstone battle over national defense (7/24/02)
Wellstone, Coleman locked in tight money race too (7/16/02)
Moore endorsed by Independence Party (7/15/02)
Independence Party has Senate battle of its own (7/9/02)
In scandals' wake, corporate responsibility becomes issue in Senate race (7/8/02)
Now an 'official' candidate, Coleman opens fire on Wellstone over taxes (7/2/02)
Ad war breaks out in Senate race (6/28/02)
First attack ad targets Wellstone (6/21/02)
Coleman accepts convention endorsement (6/14/02)
Senate candidate camps debate Coleman education ad (6/3/02)
Rural Minnesota could be battleground in Coleman's Senate race (6/3/02)
Wellstone officially launches re-election effort (5/28/02)
Pentel, McGaa get major Green Party endorsements (5/20/02)
Crusader becomes campaign issue (5/9/02)
Wellstone endorsed by DFL (5/4/02)
Adwatch: Claiming credit (4/19/02)
Wellstone may be in trouble; candidates scramble for cash (4/16/2002)
Coleman asks for cap on out-of-state money (3/20/02)
Bush raises $1 million for Coleman (3/4/02)
Wellstone has 'mild form' of MS (2/24/02)
Money, broken pledge likely to dominate Wellstone bid (2/11/02)
Coleman jumps into the race (2/11/02)
The money chase (1/31/02)
Bush visit is start of Senate campaign