The Road to the White House
Al Gore served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. He worked for seven years as a newspaper reporter and then was elected to Congress from Tennessee. After eight years in the House of Representatives and eight years as a U.S. Senator from Tennessee, he was elected Vice President of the United States.
For almost seven years, Al Gore has been a central member of President Clinton's economic teamhelping to design the program that has led to our strong economy, casting the tie-breaking Senate vote for the plan in 1993, helping to pass the first balanced budget in 30 years. He has helped to usher in the longest peacetime economic expansion in American historywith over 18 million new jobs, wages rising twice the rate of inflation, the lowest African-American and Hispanic poverty on record, the highest level of private home ownership ever, more investment in our cities, and the lowest unemployment in 29 years.
Al Gore has served as President of the Senate, as a Cabinet member, as a member of the National Security Council, and as the leader of a wide range of Administration initiatives, including Family and Medical Leave, the fight for the V-Chip and more high-quality children's programming on TV. He has worked to dramatically expand lifelong learning for the 21st Century, and increase investments in quality after-school care. He has taken the lead in Reinventing Government to make it cost less and work better. And he has been a champion of administration efforts to create new jobs and growth in cities across America, to build more livable communities, to fight terrorism and make air travel safer, and to enact the toughest-ever measures to cut off children's access to tobacco.
Together with Tipper Gore, Al Gore has been one of the strongest voices for America's families, and their annual Family Reunion policy conference in Nashville has promoted new initiatives strengthening fatherhood, increasing flexibility for mothers and fathers in the workplace, and giving parents more control over information that comes into their homes.
To help create a federal government that works better and costs less, Vice President Gore heads the National Partnership for Reinventing Government. The initiative has been critical to balancing the federal budgetsaving taxpayers more than $137 billion, eliminating 16,000 pages of regulations and 640,000 pages of internal rules, and reduced the size of the federal government to its smallest level since President John F. Kennedy's Administration. This effort, known as the National Partnership for Reinventing Government, has helped to make American government smaller, leaner, and more dynamicto keep up with the fast-moving global economy and Information Age.
Since his days in the House and Senate, Vice President Gore's environmental record has been unparalleled. He leads the Administration's efforts to protect the environment in a way that also strengthens the economysuch as working with the Big Three auto makers to support the development of a new generation of fuel- and energy-efficient vehicles, and working to combat global warming in a way that also creates new jobs, by helping America lead the estimated $400 billion worldwide market for new technologies that clean up the environment.
Global warming is just one of many issues on which Al Gore was an early and visionary leaderfocused on crafting solutions before many in public office were aware of the problems. As a House member, he popularized the term "Information Superhighway," and was instrumental in fighting for federal funds for what later became the Internet. Also in the House, he held early hearings on biotechnology, and has been a national leader on cutting-edge issues such as genetic discrimination and on-line privacy and securityhow to make sure we preserve our oldest and most cherished values, such as privacy and freedom from discrimination, amid fast-changing new discoveries and technologies. In the Senate, Al Gore was a leading expert on arms control, and a strong voice for national defense.
Vice President Gore has remained an active leader in technology and telecommunicationshelping to steer passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which promotes private investment and competition in the telecommunications industry; launching a public/private effort to wire every classroom and library in America to the Information Superhighway; and called for the creation of a new Global Information Infrastructurea network of networks that will send messages and images at the speed of light, across every continent, to expand access to basic phone service and communications, improve the delivery of education and health care, and create new economic opportunity around the world.