Mike Gravel, former US senator for Alaska, dies at 91
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SEASIDE, Calif. (AP) — Mike Gravel, a former U.S. senator from Alaska who read the Pentagon Papers into the Congressional Record and confronted Barack Obama about nuclear weapons during a later presidential run, has died. He was 91.
Gravel, who represented Alaska as a Democrat in the Senate from 1969 to 1981, died Saturday, according to his daughter, Lynne Mosier. Gravel had been living in Seaside, California, and was in failing health, said Theodore W. Johnson, a former aide.
Gravel’s two terms came during tumultuous years for Alaska when construction of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline was authorized and when Congress was deciding how to settle Alaska Native land claims and whether to classify enormous amounts of federal land as parks, preserves and monuments.
He had the unenviable position of being an Alaska Democrat when some residents were burning President Jimmy Carter in effigy for his measures to place large sections of public lands in the state under protection from development.
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June 28, 2021 at 5:10 PM #431972gordyflParticipant
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Ilhan Omar: “Senator Gravel was a voice of moral clarity in pursuit of peace when he was in the Senate, and he kept that voice in the years after he left public service. Our politics desperately needs more people like him.
My thoughts are with his family, and with all those who loved him.”
June 28, 2021 at 9:27 PM #432040Babel 17Participant
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With the passing of US Senator & Presidential candidate Mike Gravel, the US and world have lost a great voice for peace and responsible foreign policy. I had the privilege of speaking to him many times throughout my campaign, and every time, his sincere and enduring commitment to this cause shined through. My deepest condolences go out to the Gravel family and his loved ones.
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