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NameMike Gravel
Anchorage, Alaska , United States
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Born May 13, 1930
DiedJune 26, 2021 (91 years)
Last ModifedIndyGeorgia
Jun 27, 2021 07:38am
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InfoMaurice Robert "Mike" Gravel

Mike Gravel was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, to French Canadian immigrants. He attended French-speaking Catholic schools and as a teenager, when he wasn’t working with his father and brothers in the house painting and construction business, volunteered in local Springfield politics, developing an avid interest in government

Senator Gravel enlisted in the U.S. Army (1951-54) and served as special adjutant in the Communication Intelligence Services and as a Special Agent in the Counter Intelligence Corps. He received a B.S. in Economics from Columbia University, New York City, and holds four honorary degrees in law and public affairs.

Mike Gravel served in the Alaska House of Representatives from 1963-66, and as Speaker from 1965-66.

The Senator represented Alaska in the U.S. Senate from 1969-81. He served on the Finance, Interior, and Environmental and Public Works committees, chairing the Energy, Water Resources, Buildings and Grounds, and Environmental Pollution subcommittees.

Books authored by Senator Gravel are Jobs and More Jobs, and Citizen Power. He used his position as a senator to release the Pentagon Papers and facilitated their publication as The Senator Gravel Edition, The Pentagon Papers, Beacon Press (1971). This publication occasioned litigation, Gravel v. U.S., resulting in a landmark Supreme Court decision (No. 71-1017-1026) relative to the Speech and Debate Clause (Article 1, Section 6) of the United States Constitution. The Senator also waged a successful lone filibuster for five months effectively ending the draft in the United States.

The Senator’s business activities have encompassed real estate, finance, and energy. In addition to his professional experience, he has worked as a cab driver in New York City, a clerk on Wall Street and as a brakeman on the Alaska Railroad. He founded and served as president of The Democracy Foundation, Philadelphia II, and Direct Democracy, nonprofit corporations dedicated to the establishment of direct democracy in the United States through the enactment of the National Initiative for Democracy by American voters.

Senator Gravel lectures and writes about governance, foreign affairs, economics, Social Security, tax reform, energy, environmental issues and democracy.

Senator Gravel is married to Whitney Stewart Gravel and has two grown children: Martin Gravel living in Colorado and Lynne Gravel Mosier, living in California. The Gravels have four grandchildren: Renee, Alex, Madison and Mackenzie.



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Aug 05, 2008 11:00am News Former Presidential Candidate (Gravel) Urges Crowd to Stalk Federal Prosecutor  Article Thomas Walker 
May 05, 2008 03:00am Opinion Racist Dems and the Libertarian Alternative  Article Jason 
Mar 26, 2008 01:00pm Announcement A Personal Message from Mike Gravel  Article ev 
Mar 19, 2008 10:00am General Gravel the libertarian. Gravel the Libertarian?  Article Thomas Walker 
Feb 27, 2008 12:00pm News Mike (Gravel) Sues to Stop Pro-Clinton 527 Group  Article Bob 
Jan 29, 2008 09:00pm Statement Creationism Corrupts Our Youth, Says Democratic Presidential Candidate Gravel  Article Thomas Walker 

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