Sen. Maurice “Mike” Gravel

Former Senator from Alaska, Democrat

Gravel, a Democrat, was a senator from Alaska from 1969 to 1980.



Our unique analysis of the bills Gravel sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the Senate.

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 1980. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Gravel is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Gravel sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Private Legislation (17%) Taxation (16%) Water Resources Development (15%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (13%) Energy (11%) Government Operations and Politics (10%) Economics and Public Finance (9%) Native Americans (8%)

Recent Bills

Some of Gravel’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

From Jan 1969 to Dec 1980, Gravel missed 1,942 of 6,280 roll call votes, which is 30.9%. This is much worse than the median of 9.2% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 1980. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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