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.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.
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