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Born on March 31, 1948, Al Gore is the son of former U.S. Senator Albert Gore, Sr. and Pauline LaFon Gore. After growing up in Carthage, Tennessee and in Washington, D.C., Gore graduated from Harvard University in 1969 with a degree in government. He married Mary Elizabeth "Tipper" Aitcheson in 1970, but soon thereafter enlisted in the Army, and served as a reporter in Vietnam. When he returned to Tennessee, he attended Divinity School and worked as a newspaper reporter. In 1973, he and Tipper bought their farmhouse in Carthage, where they have lived ever since.

Gore began his political career in 1976, when he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Tennessee. He served four terms until he was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1984. President Clinton chose Gore as his running mate in 1992 and 1996, and he has been vice-president since 1993.

Vice-President of the United States, 1993-present
U.S. Senator from Tennessee, 1985-1993
Candidate for the Democratic nomination for president, 1987-1988
U.S. Representative from Tennessee, 1977-1985
Farmer, 1973-1990
Investigative reporter and editorial writer, The Tennessean, 1971-1976
U.S. Army, Army Reporter in Vietnam, 1969-71


Birth Date/Place:
March 31, 1948 in Washington, D.C.

St. Albans Episcopal School for Boys
B.A. Government, Harvard University, 1969
Vanderbilt University Divinity School, 1971-72
Vanderbilt University Law School, 1974-76

Wife: Mary Elizabeth "Tipper" Gore
Four children: Karenna, Kristin, Sarah, and Albert (Click here to see a family photo.)

Two dogs: A black Labrador named Shiloh and a mixed breed named Daisy


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Fast Facts:
Did you know that Al Gore...
ran the Marine Corps Marathon in 1997?
climbed Mt. Rainier with his son in 1999?
has an admitted weakness for cookies and brownies?
celebrated his 30th wedding anniversary with Tipper this year?

Want to know more?
Play some games that teach you more about Vice-President Gore. Then take a quiz to test your knowledge.
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Send an email to Vice-President Gore or visit his campaign Web site.
Read the transcript of Jim Lehrer's interview with Vice-President Gore.
Meet Vice-President Gore's former opponent for the Democratic nomination, Bill Bradley -- a professor and former U.S. Senator, Olympic athlete, and NBA star.

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