"..We must shoulder the responsibilities that purchase our freedom. Responsibility for our families and for our communities; for the frail and for the elderly; for our economy and for our environment - and responsibility for a future that will not be handed to us, but that we must shape for ourselves."
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.
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.
Wife: Mary Elizabeth “Tipper” Aitcheson
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