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Sen. Maurice “Mike” Gravel

Former Senator for Alaska

Gravel was a senator from Alaska and was a Democrat. He served from 1969 to 1980.

Photo of Sen. Maurice “Mike” Gravel [D-AK, 1969-1980]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Gravel is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1980 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Gravel sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Gravel was the primary sponsor of 10 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

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

Missed Votes

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

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: