Ferraro, Geraldine

Ferraro, Geraldine (Anne)

(1935–  ) lawyer, U.S. representative; born in Newburgh, N.Y. The daughter of Italian immigrants, she graduated from New York Law School and established a successful law practice. She was assistant district attorney for Queens, N.Y. (1974–78), and served in the House of Representatives (Dem., N.Y.; 1979–85). In 1984, she was selected by Walter Mondale as his vice-presidential running mate—the first woman to run for this office with a major party. She engaged in a lively debate with her Republican opponent George Bush, but the threat of scandal from her husband's business affairs undermined her value to the Democratic ticket; she and Mondale lost the election overwhelmingly. She made an unsuccessful attempt to win the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate in 1992.
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