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Al Gore

Albert Arnold Gore Jr. is an American politician and environmentalist who served as the 45th vice president of the United States from 1993 to 2001.

Gore was Bill Clinton’s running mate in their successful campaign in 1992, and the pair was re-elected in 1996.

Near the end of Clinton’s second term, Gore was selected as the Democratic nominee for the 2000 presidential election but lost the election in a very close race after a Florida recount.

After his term as vice-president ended in 2001, Gore remained prominent as an author and environmental activist, whose work in climate change activism earned him (jointly with the IPCC) the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.

  • Full name: Albert Arnold Gore Jr.
  • Profession: American politician
  • 45th U.S. Vice President
  • Born: 31 March 1948 (age 72 years), Washington, D.C., United States
  • Height: 1.85 m
  • Spouse: Mary Elizabeth Aitcheson Gore (m. 1970)
  • Books: An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It
  • Education: Vanderbilt University Divinity School (1971–1972)
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About Al Gore

Gore was born on 31 March 1948, in Washington, D.C., United States. He is the second of two children of Albert Gore Sr., a U.S. Representative who later served for 18 years as a U.S. Senator from Tennessee, and Pauline (LaFon) Gore, one of the first women to graduate from Vanderbilt University Law School.

Gore is a descendant of Scots-Irish immigrants who first settled in Virginia in the mid-17th-century and moved to Tennessee after the Revolutionary War. His older sister Nancy LaFon Gore died of lung cancer.

During the school year he lived with his family in The Fairfax Hotel in the Embassy Row section in Washington D.C.

During the summer months, he worked on the family farm in Carthage, Tennessee, where the Gores grew tobacco and hay and raised cattle.

Gore attended St. Albans School, an independent college preparatory day and boarding school for boys in Washington, D.C., from 1956 to 1965, a prestigious feeder school for the Ivy League.

He was the captain of the football team, threw discus for the track and field team, and participated in basketball, art, and government. He graduated 25th in a class of 51, applied to Harvard and was accepted.

Career

Gore was an elected official for 24 years. He was a representative from Tennessee (1977–1985) and from 1985 to 1993 served as a senator from that state.

He served as vice president during the Clinton administration from 1993 to 2001. The 2000 presidential election was one of the closest presidential races in history.

Gore won the popular vote, but after a controversial election dispute over a Florida recount (settled by the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled 5–4 in favour of Bush), he lost the election to Republican opponent George W. Bush in the Electoral College.

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Gore is the founder and current chair of The Climate Reality Project, the co-founder and chair of Generation Investment Management and the now-defunct Current TV network, a member of the Board of Directors of Apple Inc., and a senior adviser to Google.

Gore is also a partner in the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins, heading its climate change solutions group.

He has served as a visiting professor at Middle Tennessee State University, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Fisk University, and the University of California, Los Angeles.

He served on the Board of Directors of World Resources Institute.

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Gore has received a number of awards that include the Nobel Peace Prize (joint award with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 2007), a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album (2009) for his book An Inconvenient Truth, a Primetime Emmy Award for Current TV (2007), and a Webby Award (2005).

Gore was also the subject of the Academy Award-winning (2007) documentary An Inconvenient Truth in 2006. In 2007, he was named a runner-up for Time’s 2007 Person of the Year.