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|United States Senator
January 3, 1969 – January 3, 1981
|Preceded by||Ernest Gruening|
|Succeeded by||Frank Murkowski|
|3rd Speaker of the Alaska House of Representatives|
January 25, 1965 – January 22, 1967
|Preceded by||Bruce Kendall|
|Succeeded by||Bill Boardman|
|Member of the Alaska House of Representatives
from the 8th district
January 23, 1963 – January 22, 1967
|Preceded by||John S. Hellenthal|
|Succeeded by||Michael F. Beirne|
Maurice Robert Gravel
May 13, 1930
Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Died||June 26, 2021
Seaside, California, U.S.
|Political party||Democratic (before 2008; 2010–2021)
(m. 1959; div. 1981)
Whitney Stewart (m. 1984)
American International College
Columbia University (BS)
|Branch/service||United States Army|
|Years of service||1951–1954|
Maurice Robert "Mike" Gravel (May 13, 1930 – June 26, 2021) was an American Democratic politician. He was member of the Libertarian Party from 2008 to 2010 when he re-joined the Democratic Party. He served as a United States Senator from Alaska (1969-1981) and, previously, as member of the Alaska House of Representatives (1953-1966, speaker from 1965-1966). Gravel was a two-time presidential candidate in 2008 and in 2020.
From 1953 to 1966, Gravel was a member of the Alaska House of Representatives. From 1965 to 1966, Gravel was Speaker of the Alaska House of Representatives. In 1969, he was elected United States Senator from Alaska.
Gravel is best known for his successful effort to end military draft during the Vietnam War and put the Pentagon Papers into the public record in 1971. He was seen as a possible running mate for George McGovern's 1972 presidential campaign.
Gravel lost to Clark Gruening in the Democratic Party for re-election in the 1980 Senate election.
As a candidate for the Democratic Presidential nomination in 2008 he wanted withdrawal of US Armed Forces from Iraq, more health care and social security, and preventing global warming. He is also one of the earliest and the most famous supporters of direct democracy in the United States.
On March 19, 2019, Gravel created an exploratory committee to run for President once again in the 2020 election. He said he would run not to win the nomination, but to raise awareness of bigger issues. On April 2, 2019, Gravel filed to officially run for office. He dropped out of the race on July 31, 2019 after failing to qualify for the debates. He endorsed Bernie Sanders and Tulsi Gabbard for President on August 5. His campaign manager was a 17 year old high school student.
Gravel died on June 26, 2021 at his home in Seaside, California from multiple myeloma at the age of 91.
Images for kids
The chambers of the Speaker of the House of Representatives in the Alaska State Capitol.
Gravel in Manchester, New Hampshire on January 6, 2008, two days before the state's Democratic primary
Gravel speaking about the National Initiative at Ball State University in February 2010
Mike Gravel with campaign finance reform activist and friend Ethel "Granny D" Haddock
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