Former Alaska Senator Mike Gravel Dies at Age 91

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Former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel has died at age 91, according to his daughter, Lynn Mosier, CNN reported. Gravel was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, and served in the U.S. Army, assisting in intelligence operations in Germany and France in the 1950s. He served in Alaska’s House of Representatives from 1963 until 1966 before being elected to the U.S. Senate in 1968, where he served until 1981. Gravel gained widespread attention for reading the Pentagon Papers into the Congressional Record amid the nation’s war in Vietnam in order to help end it. After a failed presidential campaign in 2006, he joined the Libertarian Party and ran again in 2020 on the ending of U.S. involvement in wars and cutting defense spending. Gravel ultimately endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) after his campaign failed again.

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SOURCE: The Daily Beast – Lawrence Ukenye

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