Al Gore was inaugurated as the 45th Vice President of the United States on January 20, 1993. President Clinton and Vice President Gore were re-elected to a second term in 1996, and Vice President Gore was sworn in again on January 20, 1997. Together, they have led this country into a period of sustained economic growth marked by 16.7 million new jobs, and the lowest combined rate of unemployment, inflation, and mortgage rates in 28 years.
Throughout the five years that they have worked together, Vice President Gore has formed an unprecedented partnership with President Clinton. Vice President Gore serves as an advisor to President Clinton, a Cabinet member, President of the U.S. Senate, a member of the National Security Council, and head of a wide range of Administration initiatives.
Among elected officials, Vice President Gores environmental record is unparalleled. He is the author of the bestseller EARTH IN THE BALANCE: Ecology and the Human Spirit, and he leads the Administrations initiatives to develop a new generation of vehicles, stabilize climate change, increase sustainable development, and promote environmental technologies.
In February of 1997, Vice President Gore presented to President Clinton the final report of the White House Commission on Aviation Safety and Security. Over a six-month period, the commission he chaired conducted an extensive inquiry into civil aviation safety, security and air traffic control modernization, which resulted in a comprehensive list of recommendations adopted by President Clinton, including one that aims to reduce the aviation fatal accident rate by 80 percent over the next decade.
Vice President Gore also helped steer to passage the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which stimulates private investment and promotes competition in the telecommunications industry, and strengthens and improves universal service so that all Americans can have access to the benefits of the information superhighway. In fact, Vice President Gore has taken the lead on the Administrations education technology initiative to ensure that classrooms and libraries get connected to the Internet.
To help create a federal government that works better and costs less, Vice President Gore heads the National Partnership for Reinventing Government. The initiative has saved taxpayers more than $137 billion and reduced the size of the federal government to its smallest level since President John F. Kennedys Administration. He also is President Clintons advisor on regulatory review.
As chair of the Community Empowerment Board, Vice President Gore helps bring together the public and private sectors to create jobs and invest in our nations most distressed urban and rural areas.
His commitment to stronger families has resulted in policies strengthening fatherhood, increasing flexibility for mothers and fathers in the workplace, and requiring new television sets to be equipped with a device known as a V-chip to give parents more control over information that comes into their homes.
Vice President Gore co-chairs five separate bi-national commissions: the Gore-Chernomyrdin Commission on Energy and Space Cooperation, the U.S.-South Africa Bi-national Commission, the U.S.-Egyptian Partnership for Economic Growth and Development, the US-Kazakhstan Joint Commission, and the US-Ukraine Bilateral Commission. Vice President Gore works with his counterpart in each of these countries to coordinate joint activities in the areas of economic development, education, energy, the environment, business, and science and technology, among others.
Vice President Gore was born on March 31, 1948, and is the son of the late U.S. Senator Albert Gore, Sr. and Pauline Gore. Raised in Carthage, Tennessee, and Washington, D.C., Vice President Gore received a degree in government with honors from Harvard University in 1969. After graduation, he volunteered for enlistment in the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam. Returning to civilian life, Vice President Gore became an investigative reporter with The Tennessean in Nashville. He attended Vanderbilt University Divinity School and Vanderbilt Law School.
Vice President Gore began his career in public service in 1976 when he was elected to represent Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives (1977-1985). He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1984 and was re-elected in 1990 (1985-1993). A candidate for the Democratic nomination for President in 1988, he won more than three million votes and Democratic contests in seven states.
Vice President Gore is married to the former Mary Elizabeth Tipper Aitcheson. They have four children: Karenna (born August 6, 1973), Kristin (born June 5, 1977), Sarah (born January 7, 1979), and Albert III (born October 19, 1982). Vice President Gore owns a small farm near Carthage, and the family attends New Salem Missionary Baptist Church in Carthage.
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