Albert Gore Jr.

Tennessean of the Year
Year Honored:
Vanderbilt University, Harvard University


Albert Gore Jr. has achieved the second highest office in our country and may be well on his way to the number-one spot. He has accomplished such a remarkable feat through an impeccable record of service and ideals. During sixteen years preceding his vice-presidential inauguration in 1993, Gore had represented the people of Tennessee, first in the House of Representatives and then in the Senate. In his 1990 Senate victory, he became the first candidate in modern history to win all ninety-five of Tennessee’s counties. Gore gained national recognition for his leadership, courage, and vision, building a reputation of tenacious advocacy for consumers and an expert’s command of the subject he tackles. As vice president in his second term, Gore is known for his impeccable environmental record. He authored the national bestseller “Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit”, which outlines plans to confront the global environmental crisis. Vice President Gore is also a recognized leader on, among other areas, technology and health care issues. The son of the late former U.S. Senator Albert Gore Sr., who was loved and admired in Tennessee, the vice president graduated from Harvard in 1969 and served in Vietnam before becoming an investigative reporter with “The Tennessean” in Nashville. He attended Vanderbilt Divinity School and Vanderbilt Law School. Vice President Gore, his wife Tipper, and their four children comprise one of the most loved and admired families whose roots are deeply buried in the proud state of Tennessee.

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