Albert Arnold ‘Al’ Gore is the 45th Vice President of the United States, born on the 31st of March 1948. Gore is currently an author and environmental activist. He has founded a number of non-profit organizations, including the Alliance for Climate Protection, and has received a Nobel Peace Prize for his work in climate change activism.
Gore was an elected official for 24 years. He was a Congressman from Tennessee from 1977–85 and from 1985–93 served as one of the state’s Senators. He served as Vice-President during the Clinton administration from 1993-2001.
In the 2000 presidential election, Gore won the popular vote but lost the Electoral College to Republican George W. Bush. A controversial election dispute over a vote recount in Florida was settled by the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled 5-4 in favour of Bush.
Gore enrolled in Harvard College in 1965, initially planning to major in English and write novels, but later deciding to major in government. His grades during his first two years put him in the lower one-fifth of the class. During his sophomore year, he reportedly spent much of his time watching television, shooting pool, and occasionally smoking marijuana.
Gore attended college during the era of anti Vietnam War protests. Though he was against that war, he disagreed with the tactics of the student protest movement, thinking it silly and juvenile to take anger at the war out on a private university. When Gore graduated in 1969, his student deferment ended and he immediately became eligible for the military draft.
His father, a vocal anti-Vietnam War critic, was facing a re-election in 1970. Gore eventually decided that the best way he could contribute to the anti-war effort was to enlist in the Army, which would improve his father’s re-election prospects.
Although his parents wanted him to go to law school, Gore first attended Vanderbilt University Divinity School from 1971 to 1972 on Rockefeller Foundation scholarship for people planning secular careers. He took a leave of absence from The Tennessean to attend Vanderbilt University Law School in 1974.
His decision to become an attorney was a partial result of his time as a journalist, as he realized that while he could expose corruption, he could not change it.Gore did not complete law school, deciding abruptly in 1976 to run for a seat in the U.S.
Former Vice President Al Gore is chairman of Current TV, an award winning, independently owned cable and satellite television nonfiction network for young people based on viewer-created content and citizen journalism. Gore is a member of the board of directors of Apple and a senior adviser to Google.
He is a Visiting Professor at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and chairs the Alliance for Climate Protection, a non-profit organization designed to help solve the climate crisis. Al Gore was a central member of President Clinton’s economic team.
He served as President of the Senate, a Cabinet member, a member of the National Security Council, and as the leader of a wide range of Administration initiatives.