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Office of the Vice President

For Immediate Release May 17, 1995
           Former Members Of Congress Praise Vice President
                   For Leadership In Public Service

The United States Association of Former Members of Congress today (5/17) will present Vice President Gore the Distinguished Service Award for serving his country with leadership and honor.

"I am proud to receive the Distinguished Service Award and to be recognized among so many other former Members of Congress who have served their country with distinction," the Vice President said.

The Vice President's Congressional career began when he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976 where he served eight years representing the then 4th District of Tennessee. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1984 and was re-elected in 1990, becoming the first candidate in modern history -- Democrat or Republican -- to win all 95 of Tennessee's counties.

The Distinguished Service Award is presented annually to a person who has served the nation with honor throughout his or her career. This year's award will be presented to the Vice President at the association's 25th annual spring meeting. He also will receive a book of letters from current and former Members of Congress congratulating him on receiving the award.

Previous Distinguished Service Award members include Gerald Ford, Sam Ervin, Jr., William Fulbright, Thomas "Tip" O'Neill, Jr., and Lindy Boggs who will become the association's new president in July.