Al Gore was born on March 31, 1948 to Albert Gore, Sr. and Pauline
LaFon Gore. The son of a U.S. Senator, Gore grew up in both
Carthage, Tennessee, and in Washington, D.C.
He graduated from Harvard University in 1969, where he received a
degree in government with honors.
After graduation, Gore volunteered for enlistment in the U.S.
Army and served in Vietnam.
When he returned, Gore settled in Tennessee, where he studied
religion at Vanderbilt University and worked as a newspaper reporter
with The Tennessean. In 1973, he and Tipper purchased a farm in
Carthage, Tennessee. That same year their first child was born,
Karenna. Gore later attended Vanderbilt Law School. Gore began his
career in public service in 1976 when he was elected to represent
Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives.
He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1984 and was re-elected in
1990, when he became the first statewide candidate in modern history
to carry all 95 Tennessee counties.
A candidate for the Democratic nomination for President in 1988,
he won Democratic primaries and caucuses in seven states. Four years
later, Gore joined Bill Clinton as the Vice Presidential nominee on
the Democratic ticket in 1992. He was sworn into office in 1993.
Clinton and Gore were re-elected into office in 1996.
In 2000, Gore ran for the Democratic nomination for President
again and swept every single state that held a Democratic primary or
caucus. He went on to win the popular vote in the 2000 presidential
In addition to serving as Honorary Chair for Leadership '02, Gore
currently teaches at Fisk University, Middle Tennessee State
University and University of California - Los Angeles. Gore
also serves as a Vice Chairman of Metropolitan West Financial,
a Los Angeles based financial services firm. He is writing a
book on the American family with his wife, the former Mary Elizabeth
an author, photo-journalist and mental health activist. They
have four children: Karenna, Kristin, Sarah, and Albert and
two grandchildren. Al and Tipper Gore own a home in Nashville,
TN, Arlington, VA and a small farm near Carthage, TN.