Vice President Albert Arnold “Al” Gore Jr. served his two-term tenure under President Bill Clinton from 1993 through 2001.
Gore was born on March 31, 1948, in Washington, DC. He was raised by parents who were very active in the political and law sectors. His father was a senator of Tennessee, and his mother was the first female to graduate from Vanderbilt University Law School. Al attended St. Albans School, a college preparatory school, and was captain of the football team. He was also active in track, basketball, art, and government. Upon graduation, Al enrolled at Harvard University. During Gore’s career at Harvard, he served as student council president in his freshman year. After he graduated from Harvard, he enlisted in the military and served in the Vietnam War. Upon his return, he enrolled at Vanderbilt University Divinity School, then transferred into their law school.
Gore started his political career at the age of 28 as a member of the House of Representatives and was elected to the Senate in 1985. As senator, he voted against the ban of interstate arms sales and in favor of schools having a moment of silence. He also sat on four committees: Energy and Commerce; Science, Space, and Technology; Homeland Security; and the Armed Services. In 1988, Gore ran for the Democratic presidential nomination but came in third. In the 1992 election, he was chosen as Bill Clinton’s running mate and officially became the nation’s 45th vice president on January 20, 1993. Gore’s mission as vice president was to reduce fraud and abuse among members of the government. He also worked to decrease the poverty and unemployment rate, as well as to help digitize government platforms with the development and improvement of the internet.
After his tenure as vice president, Gore ran for president against George W. Bush. In one of the most controversial elections in American history, Bush was declared the winner, although Gore won the popular vote. Because the election was so close in Florida, a recount was triggered, eventually resulting in a Supreme Court decision awarding the presidency to George W. Bush.
Since the election of 2000, Al Gore has become one of the leading voices for environmental activism. His landmark book, An Inconvenient Truth, about human impact on the environment, earned him the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.
Gore continues to speak out for environmentalism in his retirement.
Interesting fact: Gore only applied to one college for his undergraduate studies—Harvard. Thankfully, he was accepted.