Ted Mondale

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Ted Mondale
Member of the Minnesota Senate
from the 44th district
In office
January 8, 1991 – January 6, 1997
Preceded by Phyllis W. McQuaid
Succeeded by Steve P. Kelley
Personal details
Born Theodore Adams Mondale
(1957-10-12) October 12, 1957 (age 59)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Pamela Burris
(m. 1988; div. 2013)
Alma mater University of Minnesota (B.A.)
William Mitchell College of Law (J.D.)

Theodore Adams "Ted" Mondale (born October 12, 1957) is a politician, entrepreneur, public administrator, and former Chief Executive Officer of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, which oversaw Minnesota Vikings stadium from conception to operation.[1] He is the elder son of the former United States senator, United States ambassador and Vice President Walter Mondale and Joan Mondale.[2][not in citation given][3][not in citation given] He is a former Minnesota state senator,[2] former Chairman of the Metropolitan Council, 1999-2003[citation needed], and former CEO of Nazca Solutions, Inc. - a technology fulfillment venture based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.[citation needed]


After serving in the Minnesota State Senate, Mondale sought the Democratic primary nomination for Minnesota governor in 1998.[citation needed] 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).[citation needed] Mondale, who was more fiscally moderate than the other candidates and who had distanced himself from labor, did not prevail in the primary.[citation needed]

In 1999, Mondale was appointed chairman of the Metropolitan Council in the Cabinet of Governor Jesse Ventura.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] In 2011, he was named chair of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission by Governor Mark Dayton.[4][dead link] In 2012, Mondale was named the CEO of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority.[1][not in citation given]


Mondale was married to Pam, with whom he has three children; the couple divorced in 2013.[5][not in citation given] Mondale's sister, Eleanor Mondale (1960–2011), was a television personality who had brain cancer from 2005 until her death from the disease at age 51.[6] Mondale's brother, William H. Mondale, born on February 27, 1962, is an assistant Hennepin County Attorney and a former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Minnesota from 1990 to 2000.[citation needed].


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