Albert A. Gore Jr. was a congressman and senator from Tennessee before being elected vice president in 1993 under President Bill Clinton. He was the Democratic nominee in the 2000 presidential election when Gore won the popular vote but lost in the contested Electoral College when the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Bush. Al Gore served in the Vietnam War even though he did not support that war. His college housemate, actor Tommy Lee Jones, recalls Gore saying, “If he found a fancy way of not going, someone else would have to go in this place.” Al Gore was a recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his work on climate change, and his documentary An Inconvenient Truth won an Academy Award.
The United States Senate and House of Representatives comprise the legislative branch of the U.S. government. Each state has two senators regardless of the state’s population. U.S. senators serve staggered terms of six years. Prior to 1913, senators were appointed by their state legislatures. This changed with the 17th Amendment, which mandated senators be elected by popular vote. The Senate has the power to ratify treaties and to confirm cabinet secretaries, federal judges, Supreme Court justices, and other federal executive officials.
Al Gore was a member of the U.S. Senate prior to his election as vice president. Many of the men who become president and vice president first served in Congress as members of the House of Representatives or in the U.S. Senate. A number of these individuals first served in their state government as governor, state senator or in their state House of Representatives.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia-tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
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