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Albert Gore, the 45th Vice President of the United States, was born in Washington, D.C. in 1948. As the son of U.S. Senator and Representative, Albert Gore Sr., he grew up amid politics. His father sometimes included him in meetings with important dignitaries. Gore was educated at Harvard University (B.A.) And Vanderbilt University Law School. Although he opposed the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War, he served in the U.S. Army as a reporter for Stars and Stripes.

Before entering law school, Gore operated a small farm and worked as a real estate developer. He also became an investigative reporter for the TENNESSEAN. The year before he had married Mary Elizabeth Aitcheson who is known by her nickname, "Tipper." Together they have four children, Karenna, Kristin, Sarah, and Albert III.

In 1977 Gore was elected to the office of U.S. Representative from Tennessee. Seven years later he became the state's U.S. Senator. He ran unsuccessfully for President of the United States in 1988, but was nominated as Bill Clinton's running mate in the 1993 presidential election. The successful ticket earned Gore the office of Vice President of the United States, an office he has held for two consecutive terms. Gore announced his candidacy for the 2000 Democratic presidential nomination in 1999.

CHRONOLOGY

1948 He was born in Washington, D.C. (March 31)

1969 He received his B.A. From Harvard University.; He joined the U.S. Army.

1970 He married Mary Elizabeth (Tipper) Aitcheson.

1971 He became an investigative reporter for the TENNESSEAN.

1973 His daughter, Karenna, was born.

1976 He graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School.

1977 He was elected U.S. Representative from Tennessee.; His daughter, Kristin, was born.

1979 His daughter, Sarah, was born.

1982 His son, Albert III, was born.

1985 He was elected U.S. Senator from Tennessee.

1988 He was the unsuccessful Democratic candidate for President of the United States.

1992 EARTH IN THE BALANCE: ECOLOGY AND THE HUMAN SPIRIT was published.

1993 He became Vice President of the United States.

1997 He began his second term as Vice President.