CNN – The Al Gore you never knew (Miss. Senate Candidate)

He has one of the most recognizable names in American politics, but there’s a lot you don’t know about Albert Gore, Jr.

For instance, he was a Green Beret and master parachutist in the Army with 91 jumps under his belt and the rank of colonel. He has a fondness for cigars and pipes, lit or unlit. And in 1998, he retired from a 51-year career as a Methodist minister.

No, Col. Albert Nottly Gore, Jr., is not the Albert Arnold Gore, Jr., who served as U.S. Senator from Tennessee, vice president, and 2000 Democratic presidential nominee.

But he is following the better-known Gore’s footsteps in one notable way: he’s Mississippi’s Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate against Republican incumbent Roger Wicker.