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Geraldine Ferraro
(American Politician)

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August 26, 1935


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Geraldine Anne Ferraro is a Democratic politician and a former member of the United States House of Representatives. She is perhaps best known as the first—and, to date, only—female Vice Presidential candidate representing a major American political party.

Ferraro was a teacher, lawyer, and member of the Queens County District Attorney's Office prior to being elected to the United States Congress in 1978. In 1984, former Vice President and Presidential candidate Walter Mondale selected Ferraro to be his running mate in the upcoming election. The positive polling Mondale received when she joined him did not last until November, and they were defeated in an electoral landslide by incumbent President Ronald Reagan and Vice President George H. W. Bush. Following the 1984 election, she ran two campaigns for a seat in the United States Senate, but twice lost the nomination of her party in the primaries . She served as a United States Ambassador to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights from 1993 until 1996 in the Presidential administration of Bill Clinton. She has also countinued her career as a journalist, author, and businesswoman, and served in the Presidential campaign of Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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