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Al Gore first came to Washington, D.C. in 1977 as a newly elected member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Tennessee. In 1985 he was elected to the U.S. Senate and later served as Vice President to Bill Clinton.

In 1986, Gore wrote Helms regarding an invitation to attend the Environmental and Energy Study Conference. Helms respectfully declined considering his occupancy with the Foreign Relations committee.

Later in 1991, the two men discussed over the National Football League expansion. Gore fought for the NFL Memphis expansion by reaching out to Senators from the prosepective states as well as the former NFL commissioner, Paul Tagliabue. Sadly the expansion did not go Gore's way, the NFL chose the Carolinas and Jacksonville, FL.

Gore's last letter to Helms in our collection was written in 1994. He references a young woman by the name of Jeanette Hyde, former U.S. ambassador to Barbados. Senator Helms connection to Ms. Hyde was more than political since both lived in Raleigh, NC and worshiped at the same church, but never met until one day in early March 1994. Vice President Gore reached out to Helms hoping his personal connection and ranking in the Foreign Relations Committee would help Jeanette Hyde with her appointment and thanked him for his help in the matter. 

The Gore correspondence reflects his professional relationship with Helms as well as a mutual respect between to people on opposite sides of the political spectrum.

 

 
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