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Vice President Walter Mondale

Former Vice President of the United States

Mondale was Vice President of the United States and was a Democratic. He served from 1977 to 1981.

He was previously a senator from Minnesota as a Democrat from 1964 to 1976.

Photo of Vice President Walter Mondale [D, 1977-1981]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Mondale is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1976 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Mondale sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1973 to Oct 1, 1976. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Mondale was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:

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Does 6 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Mondale sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Private Legislation (37%) Government Operations and Politics (16%) Social Welfare (10%) Families (8%) Agriculture and Food (8%) Education (8%) Taxation (7%) International Affairs (7%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Mondale recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1965 to Oct 1976, Mondale missed 876 of 5,163 roll call votes, which is 17.0%. This is worse than the median of 13.0% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Oct 1976. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: