Al Gore

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Albert Arnold Gore, Jr.
Gore giving keynotes at SapphireNow 2010
45th Vice President of the United States
In office
January 20, 1993 – January 20, 2001
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by Dan Quayle
Succeeded by Dick Cheney
United States Senator
from Tennessee
In office
January 3, 1985 – January 2, 1993
Preceded by Howard Baker
Succeeded by Harlan Mathews
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 6th district
In office
January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1985
Preceded by Robin Beard
Succeeded by Bart Gordon
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 4th district
In office
January 3, 1977 – January 3, 1983
Preceded by Joe L. Evins
Succeeded by Jim Cooper
Personal details
Born March 31, 1948 (1948-03-31) (age 66)
Washington, D.C., United States
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Mary Elizabeth "Tipper" Gore (1970-2010, divorced)
Religion Baptist
This person was awarded a Nobel Prize

Albert Arnold "Al" Gore, Jr. (born March 31, 1948) is a former American politician, who served as the Vice President of the United States under Bill Clinton from 1993 to 2001. Before that, he was a Senator for Tennessee and a congressman. He is a Democrat.

He was chosen as the Democratic nominee of the 2000 United States Presidential election, but lost the electoral vote to Republican candidate George W. Bush because of Florida and the US Supreme Court ruling a 5-4 favor of Bush.[1] Gore won the popular vote. When Gore lost the presidency, many people were against the Supreme Court argued that it was the only time in history that the Supreme Court chose the next President.[2]

Gore won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.[3]

Early life[change | change source]

Albert Gore, Jr. was born in Washington, D.C.. He is the second of two chidren. His father, Albert Gore, Sr. was a Senator for Tennessee and congressman. His mother, Pauline LaFon Gore is one of the first women to have graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School. Gore is descended from Scots-Irish immigrants who first settled in Virginia in the mid-17th-century, and moved to Tennessee after the Revolutionary War.[4] Gore was brought up in both Washington and Tennessee. His older sister was Nancy LaFon Gore, who was born in 1938, died of lung cancer in 1984.[5]

Political career[change | change source]

Al Gore's vice presidential portrait

Gore was a Representative from 1977 to 1985 and a Senator from 1985 to 1993. In 1988 he ran for President for first time, but lost to Michael Dukakis in the Democratic primary. In 1993, he became Vice President to Bill Clinton. He ran for President in 2000, but lost to George W. Bush (many people still argue this). Even though he lost the race, Gore won in the popular vote by over 500,000 votes.

After the Vice Presidency[change | change source]

Gore is now a businessman, and runs and works for several companies, including Generation Investment Management, Google, Apple Computers, and TV channel Current.

He is also a fighter for issues involving the environment. He released a movie in 2006 about global warming and climate change called An Inconvenient Truth, which was based on a slide show he had given to millions of people. In 2007, Gore won the Nobel Peace Prize which he shared with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.[6]

He currently lives in Nashville and was married to Tipper for 40 years. In June 2010, they filed for divorce.[7] The Gores have 4 children and 2 grandchildren.

References[change | change source]

  1. Supreme Court of the US (December 12, 2000). "George W. Bush, et al., Petitioners v. Albert Gore, Jr., et al., 531 U.S. 98 (2000)". Cornell Law School. http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/00-949.ZPC.html. Retrieved March 17, 2013.
  2. Klarman, Michael J. (December 2001). "Bush v. Gore Through the Lens of Constitutional History". California Law Review (California Law Review) 89, No. 6 (6): 1721–1765.
  3. Stefoff, Rebecca Al Gore: Fighting for a Greener Planet: Revised Edition 2009 Lerner Publications Company Minneapolis, Minnesota page 7
  4. Turque, Inventing Al Gore, p. 8.
  5. "Gore Chronology". Frontline, Choice 2000. PBS. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/choice2000/gore/cron.html. Retrieved March 17, 2013.
  6. The Nobel Peace Prize for 2007
  7. Goldman, Russell (June 1, 2010). "Al, Tipper Gore Shock Friends With Divorce Announcement". ABC News. http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/al-tipper-gore-shock-friends-divorce-announcement/story?id=10800639#.Tr1CsvHsk7A. Retrieved November 11, 2011.