Mike Gravel Mike Gravel served as U.S. Senator of Alaska from 1969-1981. He previously served in the U.S. Army and worked as a real estate developer. He unsuccessfully sought the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008. The Riveter Report Campaign leadership positions held by women: No data. Appearing at The Riveter? Yet to be determined. Would be the first woman president? No. Learn more about Mike Gravel.