- Category : 1930-births
- Type : ME
- Profile : 4/6 - Opportunistic / Role Model
- Definition : Split - Small (36,48,57)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Explanation 2
American politician, former Democratic Party Senator from Alaska, and outspoken candidate for President in the 2008 election race. He grew up in a blue collar family in Springfield, MA, the child of Canadian immigrants. He attended Catholic schools and graduated from Columbia University in 1956. He had by then fulfilled his military duty by joining the Army in 1951 and serving until 1954, in the Counter Intelligence Corps.
He moved to Alaska where he got himself elected to the state house of representatives in 1962. In 1965 he became Speaker of the House. Gravel made his mark on the landscape of Alaska by his real estate holdings and land development. In 1968 he was elected to the US Senate, and was re-elected several times until the 1980 race when he lost.
Gravel is an outspoken opponent of war. During the Vietnam War he filibustered to end the draft and was instrumental in releasing the Pentagon Papers. In 2007, declaring his candidacy for president, he has campaigned adamantly against the Iraq War taking every opportunity to point out that many of his opponents for the Democratic Party nomination actually voted for the war or vote to fund it. Gravel is outspoken, considers himself a truth-teller, and sometimes stumbles over his own words in his passionate desire to "speak the truth."
Senator Gravel and his wife Whitney Stewart Gravel have two grown children: Martin Gravel and Lynne Gravel Mosier.