1981-1987 - Member of the firm Winston & Strawn.
July 1984 - Democratic presidential candidate Mondale chooses U.S. Rep. Geraldine A. Ferraro (NY) as his running mate, the first woman vice presidential candidate for a major party.
November 1984 - Mondale and Ferraro are defeated in the presidential election by the Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush Republican ticket.
1987-1993 - Partner at Dorsey & Whitney in Minneapolis.
1993-1996 - U.S. Ambassador to Japan under President Bill Clinton.
1997 - Rejoins Dorsey & Whitney law firm as partner and senior counsel.
1998 - Envoy to Indonesia under President Clinton.
October 30, 2002 - In Minnesota, becomes the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party's candidate, filling the ballot position of the late Senator Paul Wellstone, who died October 25, 2002, in a plane crash while campaigning for re-election.
November 11, 2002 - Is defeated by Norm Coleman (R) in the race for the U.S. Senate.
June 24, 2008 - Accepts position as chairman of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes U.S.-Asia relations.
August 1, 2008 - Becomes Norway's honorary consul general for Minnesota.
October 16, 2008 - "Fritz: The Walter Mondale Story," a documentary about Mondale's life, premieres at the Minnesota History Center.
January 20, 2010 - Resigns from Norwegian honorary consul general post.
October 2010 - Publishes a memoir, "The Good Fight: A Life in Liberal Politics" with David Hage.