Here is a look at the life of Al Gore, 45th Vice President of the United States and environmental activist.
Personal: Birth date: March 31, 1948
Birth place: Washington, D.C.
Birth name: Albert Arnold Gore, Jr.
Father: Albert Gore Sr., former U.S. Senator from Tennessee
Mother: Pauline (La Fon) Gore
Marriage: Mary Elizabeth "Tipper" (Aitcheson) Gore (May 19, 1970-present) separated June 2010
Children: Albert Gore III, October 19, 1982; Sarah Gore, January 7, 1979, Kristin Gore, June 5, 1977, Karenna Gore, August 6, 1973
Education: Harvard University, B.A., 1969; Vanderbilt University, Graduate School of Religion 1971-1972; Vanderbilt University, JD, 1976
Military service: U.S. Army, 1969-1971, served in Vietnam as a reporter with the 20th Engineering Battalion.
Timeline: 1971-1976 - Is an investigative reporter and editorial writer for the Nashville Tennessean.
1977-1985 - U.S. Representative in the 95th-98th congresses, representing first the 4th and then the 6th District of Tennessee. Elected to the House in 1976, 1978, 1980, 1982.
1985-1992 - U.S. Senator from Tennessee.
1988 - Runs for the Democratic Party nomination for president in the 1988 election. Later drops out of the race.
July 9, 1992 - Bill Clinton chooses Gore to be his running mate in the 1992 presidential election.
1992 - Publishes "Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit."
January 20, 1993 - Inaugurated as vice president.
January 20, 1997 - Second term as vice president begins.
March 9, 1999 - Gore states in an interview on CNN with Wolf Blitzer - "During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet. I took the initiative in moving forward a whole range of initiatives that have proven to be important to our country's economic growth and environmental protection, improvements in our educational system." This quote created a large amount of rhetoric with his opponents.
June 16, 1999 - Announces his intention to run for president in the 2000 election.
August 16, 2000 - Wins the Democratic Party nomination.
November 7, 2000 - Election Day.
November 8, 2000 - Concedes in the early morning to George W. Bush but later retracts his concession. Florida is too close to call for either Bush or Gore.
November 9, 2000 - Requests a recount in Florida. This leads to a series of recounts in Florida.