Former Vice President Walter Mondale had heart surgery on Wednesday. The 86-year-old politician who was vice president to President Jimmy Carter, as well as the Democratic nominee for president against Ronald Reagan in 1984, had an unspecified procedure at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, according to an Inquisitr report on Wednesday.
Mondale’s family released a statement which said the surgery was a success. The statement said that he is resting comfortably and is expected to make a full recovery. At this time, the family is requesting privacy.
After serving as Vice President of the United States to President Jimmy Carter, the former Vice President stayed active in his government role as an ambassador to Japan in the 1990s.
Just about a week prior to the surgery at Mayo’s Clinic, Mondale’s wife Joan passed away at the age of 83, following a lengthy illness. The Mondales were married for 58 years.
Throughout history, Walter Mondale was credited with having made the office of the vice president a more relevant position in the nation’s government.