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The Making of the Modern Vice Presidency: A Personal Reflection



  • AUTHOR'S NOTE: This article is reprinted with the permission of the Minnesota Historical Society from Minnesota History 60 (Fall 2006): 88-99, copyright 2006 by the Minnesota Historical Society.

Richard Moe was administrative assistant to Senator Walter F. Mondale from 1973 to 1977 and chief of staff to Vice President Mondale from 1977 to 1981. He is currently president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.


Thirty-two years ago, Walter Mondale was elected vice president of the United States. His actions in the first months after the election profoundly recast that office. Richard Moe, then Mondale's chief of staff, provides an inside perspective on this transformation. The article first appeared in Minnesota History in the fall of 2006.