In 1977 he was elected to the House of Representatives of the 95th Congress convocation and was re-elected in 1979, 1981, and 1983. In 1985 he was elected to the U.S. Senate from the state of Tennessee and reelected in 1991. In 1991 he announced his candidacy for a U.S. presidential candidate of the Democratic Party. At the Democratic National Convention, he became a candidate for vice president. In November 1992 he was elected vice president of the United States and re-elected to that position in 1996. Al Gore is married and has one son and three daughters. He lives in Washington, DC.The book Earth on the Balance (1992) was written at a time when Al Gore was the chairman of the Senate Committee on ecology and environmental protection. In it in an accessible and vivid form, the problems of maintaining the global ecological balance in the current situation are considered. According to many critics, it is one of the most professional researches on environmental problems, ever issued from the pen of a political activist. This certainly gives the book a special flavor and keen readers interest, especially in the third part, where the author offers a number of specific practical measures to improve environmental law and keeping the natural balance in third world countries.In the second part The Search for Balance which, from my point of view, is the most conceptually rich, the author analyses the social, economic and ideological reasons that have made a destructive attitude to the environment possible, which was until recently characteristic of the industrialized world and which even today distinguishes the policy of most developing countries.The book combines a deep analysis of economic and social causes of the current ecological crisis and the great factual material with, in my view, idealistic notions about the possibility of consolidating the efforts of developed countries in the fight against the impending danger.