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Al Gore
Official portrait, 1994
45th Vice President of the United States
In office
January 20, 1993 – January 20, 2001
PresidentBill Clinton
Preceded byDan Quayle
Succeeded byDick Cheney
United States Senator
from Tennessee
In office
January 3, 1985 – January 2, 1993
Preceded byHoward Baker
Succeeded byHarlan Mathews
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 6th district
In office
January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1985
Preceded byRobin Beard
Succeeded byBart Gordon
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 4th district
In office
January 3, 1977 – January 3, 1983
Preceded byJoe L. Evins
Succeeded byJim Cooper
Personal details
Albert Arnold Gore Jr.

(1948-03-31) March 31, 1948 (age 76)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
(m. 1970; sep. 2010)
Civilian awardsAwards and honors
Websitewww.algore.com Edit this at Wikidata
Military service
Branch/serviceUnited States Army
RankSpecialist 4
Unit20th Engineer Brigade
Battles/warsVietnam War
Military awards
Al Gore delivers remarks on submitting the U.S. Budget of 1999
Recorded February 2, 1998

Albert Arnold "Al" Gore Jr. (born March 31, 1948) is an American politician, businessman and environmentalist. He was the 45th vice president of the United States from 1993 to 2001 under Bill Clinton. Before becoming vice president, he was a United States senator from Tennessee from 1985 to 1993. He was also a United States representative from 1977 to 1983 and again from 1983 to 1985.

He was chosen as the Democratic nominee of the 2000 United States presidential election, but lost the electoral college vote to Republican candidate George W. Bush because of Florida recount and the U.S. Supreme Court ruling a 5-4 favor of Bush. He was supposed to be president before the supreme court decision.[1] Gore got more votes, though.[2]

After the election, Gore became an activist focusing on climate change. Gore won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.[3]

Early life

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Albert Gore, Jr. was born at Columbia Hospital for Women in Washington, D.C.[4][5] He is the second of two children. His father, Albert A. Gore Sr. was a Senator for Tennessee and congressman. His mother, Pauline LaFon Gore was 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.[6] At least two of these ancestors, Jacob Waggoner and Lewis Stunston, owned slaves.[7] 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.[8]

Political career

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Gore was a Representative from 1977 to 1985 and a Senator from 1985 to 1993. In 1988 he ran for president for the 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

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Gore is now a businessman, and runs and works for several companies, including Generation Investment Management, Google, Apple, 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.[9]

Potential 2016 presidential campaign

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Interest in having Gore run for the 2016 Presidential election arose in 2014 and again in 2015. Gore did not run in 2016 and has expressed no interest to run in future elections.[10][11][12]

Personal life

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He currently lives in Nashville and was married to Tipper for 40 years. In June 2010, they filed for divorce.[13] The Gores have 4 children and 2 grandchildren.


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  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. Archived from the original on April 1, 2019. Retrieved March 17, 2013.
  2. Klarman, Michael J. (December 2001). "Bush v. Gore Through the Lens of Constitutional History". California Law Review. 89 (6): 1721–1765. doi:10.2307/3481248. JSTOR 3481248.
  3. Stefoff, Rebecca Al Gore: Fighting for a Greener Planet: Revised Edition 2009 Lerner Publications Company Minneapolis, Minnesota page 7
  4. "Cash-Poor Hospital for Women Closes Doors". The New York Times. 12 May 2002. Archived from the original on 26 January 2021. Retrieved 20 May 2020.
  5. Goldstein, Avram; Weil, Martin (2002-05-07). "Columbia Women's Hospital To Close". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Archived from the original on 2020-07-03. Retrieved 2020-05-20.
  6. Turque, Inventing Al Gore, p. 8.
  7. Reitwiesner, William Addams. "Ancestry of Al Gore (b. 1948)". WARGS.com. Archived from the original on 2018-10-23. Retrieved 2020-11-14.
  8. "Gore Chronology". Frontline, Choice 2000. PBS. 2 October 2000. Archived from the original on 15 January 2013. Retrieved March 17, 2013.
  9. "The Nobel Peace Prize for 2007". Archived from the original on 2008-09-13. Retrieved 2009-08-20.
  10. "Al Gore 2016: Support Starting To Build For Another Presidential Run". Inquistor. July 20, 2014. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015.
  11. Thompson, Catherine (July 3, 2014). "Mark Halperin Is Dead Serious About Al Gore In 2016 (VIDEO)". Talking Points Memo. Archived from the original on September 10, 2015.
  12. Rozsa, Matthew (July 19, 2014). "Al Gore is the single-issue candidate we need". Salon. Archived from the original on August 27, 2015.
  13. Goldman, Russell (June 1, 2010). "Al, Tipper Gore Shock Friends With Divorce Announcement". ABC News. Archived from the original on October 18, 2011. Retrieved November 11, 2011.