Albert Arnold Gore Jr. (born March 31, 1948) is a retired American politician and Nobel Prize laureate who served as the 45th Vice President of the United States from 1993 to 2001, and is presently a member of the Apple Board of Directors.
Early life and education
Al Gore was born on March 31, 1948, the son of former U.S. Senator Albert Gore Sr. and Pauline Gore. Raised in Carthage, Tennessee, and Washington, D.C., he 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 the Vietnam War. Upon returning from Vietnam, Al Gore became an investigative reporter with The Tennessean in Nashville, where he also attended Vanderbilt University’s Divinity School and then Law School.
Gore’s career in public service began when he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976 where he served eight years representing the then 4th District of Tennessee. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1984 and re-elected in 1990.
As a member of the U.S. Congress, he popularized the term “Information Superhighway,” and was instrumental in fighting for federal funds to assist in building what later became the Internet. In the Senate, Gore was a leading expert on nuclear arms control and national defense. He was a member of the Armed Services Committee and Chairman of the Space, Science and Technology Subcommittee. He has remained an active leader in technology and telecommunications — launching a public/private effort to wire every classroom and library in America to the Internet.
Gore was inaugurated as the 45th Vice President of the United States on January 20, 1993, along with President Bill Clinton. He was re-elected in 1996 and served for a total of eight years as President of the Senate, a member of the cabinet and the National Security Council, and as the leader of a wide range of Clinton administration initiatives, including in the areas of environmental policy, technology, science, communications, community empowerment and government cost cutting.
Gore is a visiting professor at the University of California Los Angeles, Fisk University, and Middle Tennessee State University. He also served as a Senior Advisor to Google, and Vice Chairman of Metropolitan West Financial since 2001. Gore was elected to Apple's board of directors on March 19, 2003.
- Former Vice President Al Gore Joins Apple’s Board of Directors, Apple Computer. 2003-03-19.