Mike Gravel

Mike Gravel served as US Senator from Alaska from 1969 to 1981. He announced his run for President on April 2, 2019. (For debate info, visit our home page.)

(Photo: John Brecher for the Washington Post)

Personal info

Birthdate: May 13, 1930
Birthplace: Springfield, Massachusetts
Birth name: Maurice Robert Gravel
Father: Alphonse Gravel
Mother:  Marie (Bourassa) Gravel
Marriages: Rita Martin (m. 1959; div. 1981); Whitney Stewart (m. 1984)
Children:  (with Rita Martin) Martin Anthony and Lynne Denise 
Assumption College; American International College; Columbia University School of General Studies, B.S. 1956.
Military: US Army, 1951–1954, First Lieutenant
Religion: Unitarian Universalist (formerly Catholic)

Campaign website: https://www.mikegravel.org/

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Other Facts (Wikipedia)

  • Son of Canadian immigrants from Quebec.
  • Gravel served in the Alaska House of Representatives from 1963 to 1966.
  • Gravel was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1968 and again in 1972 and 1976. As a senator, Gravel became nationally known for his forceful but unsuccessful attempts to end the draft during the war in Vietnam and for putting the Pentagon Papers into the public record in 1971. 
  • During the 1980s Gravel was a real estate developer in Anchorage and Kenai, Alaska, a consultant, and a stockbroker.
  • Gravel began a run for the Democratic nomination for President in 2006, but in March 2008 he left the Democratic Party and joined the Libertarian Party  and unsuccessfully competed for its presidential nomination and the inclusion of the National Initiative into the Libertarian Platform.

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