Geraldine Anne Ferraro

Geraldine Anne Ferraro

[fuh-rahr-oh]
Ferraro, Geraldine Anne, 1935-, American political leader, b. New York City. A Democrat from Queens, she served three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives (1979-85). In 1984, as Walter Mondale's running mate, she became the first woman nominated for the vice presidency by a major party. Allegations concerning her husband's business connections and questions about their tax returns were raised during the unsuccessful campaign, and these surfaced again in her narrow defeat in the 1992 Democratic senate primary. After a period as a television commentator and U.S. representative on the UN Human Rights commission, she again ran for the senate and lost (1998) the primary.

See her memoirs, Ferraro, My Story (1985).

(born Aug. 26, 1935, Newburgh, N.Y., U.S.) U.S. politician. She received her law degree from Fordham University Law School in 1960 and was admitted to the New York bar in 1961. She practiced law in New York until 1974, when she became assistant U.S. district attorney. In 1978 she was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives as a Democrat. In 1984 the Democratic Party nominated her for vice president on a ticket with Walter Mondale; she thereby became the first woman to be nominated for vice president by a major U.S. political party. In 1992 and 1998 she ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate.

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