W - Mike Gravel

Mike Gravel
Maurice Robert Gravel
Current/Previous Job: 
US Senator from Alaska
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Date Withdrew: 
Tuesday, August 6, 2019

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Maurice Robert "Mike" Gravel (/ɡrəˈvɛl/; born May 13, 1930) is an American politician who was a Democratic United States Senator from Alaska from 1969 to 1981 and a candidate in the 2008 U.S. presidential election and the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

Born and raised in Springfield, Massachusetts, by French-Canadian immigrant parents, Gravel served in the U.S. Army in West Germany, and he later graduated from the Columbia University School of General Studies. He moved to Alaska in the late 1950s, becoming a real estate developer and entering politics. He served in the Alaska House of Representatives from 1963 to 1966 and also became Speaker of the Alaska House. Gravel was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1968. [source]

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When three teenagers asked Mike Gravel to run for president, his immediate response was: "Do you know how old I am?"

"I said, 'I'll be 89 in May.' And they said, 'Well, that doesn't make any difference," the former Alaskan Democratic senator told As It Happens host Carol Off. "That's when I started laughing."

But they weren't joking.