Theodore A. "Ted" Mondale (born October 15, 1957)[not in citation given] is a politician and entrepreneur. He is the elder son of the former senator, ambassador and Vice President Walter Mondale and Joan Mondale.[not in citation given] He is a former Minnesota state senator and former CEO of Nazca Solutions, Inc. - a technology fulfillment venture based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
After serving in the Minnesota State Senate, Mondale sought the Democratic primary nomination for Minnesota governor in 1998. Coincidentally, the race included three other candidates from families famously connected in Minnesota politics: Skip Humphrey, the son of former Vice President Hubert Humphrey (then Attorney General); Mark Dayton of the Dayton Department Store dynasty (then State Auditor); and Mike Freeman, son of former governor Orville Freeman (then Hennepin County, Minnesota district attorney). Mondale, more fiscally moderate than the other candidates and who had distanced himself from labor, did not prevail in the primary.
Later, in 1999, Mondale was appointed chairman of the Metropolitan Council in the Cabinet of Governor Jesse Ventura. He oversaw the initiation of high density housing/retail development in the Twin Cities, as well as light-rail transportation planning from the suburban areas to the central cities. In 2011, he was named chair of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission by Governor Mark Dayton.[dead link] In 2012, Mondale was named the CEO of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority
Mondale's sister, Eleanor Mondale (1960–2011), was a television personality who began her television career at a Minneapolis local network affiliate, and moved on to the E! Online cable channel and eventually the CBS show "This Morning." She has also had small roles in a few movies and TV shows. She had brain cancer from 2005 until her death from the disease at age 51.[dead link] She co-hosted WCCO Radio's midday show with Susie Jones, following the retirement of Pat Miles.
Mondale's brother, William H. Mondale, is an attorney and a former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Minnesota from 1990 to 2000.
- "National News Briefs; Ted Mondale Joins Race For Minnesota Governor". New York Times. 1998-01-13. Retrieved 21 January 2010.
- The San Francisco Chronicle http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/09/17/national/a084600D12.DTL&tsp=1
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