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Dan Sullivan
United States Senator
from Alaska
Assumed office
January 3, 2015
Serving with Lisa Murkowski
Preceded by Mark Begich
Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources

In office
December 5, 2010 – September 24, 2013
Governor Sean Parnell
Preceded by Tom Irwin
Succeeded by Joe Balash
Attorney General of Alaska

In office
June 17, 2009 – December 5, 2010
Governor Sarah Palin
Sean Parnell
Preceded by Talis Colberg
Succeeded by John Burns
Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs

In office
June 6, 2006 – January 1, 2009
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Earl Wayne
Succeeded by Jose Fernandez
Personal details
Born Daniel Scott Sullivan
November 13, 1964(1964-11-13) (age 57)
Fairview Park, Ohio, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Julie Fate
Children 3
Alma mater Harvard University
Georgetown University
Religion Roman Catholicism
Website Campaign website
Military service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service USMC: 1993–1997
USMCR: 1997–present
Rank US-O5 insignia.svg Lieutenant Colonel
Commands 6th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company
Battles/wars War in Afghanistan
Awards Defense Meritorious Service Medal.jpg Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Daniel Scott "Dan" Sullivan (born November 13, 1964) is an American politician and member of the Republican Party who has served as the junior United States Senator from Alaska since January 2015.

Born in Ohio, Sullivan earned degrees from Harvard University and Georgetown University, interning at the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. After graduating in 1993, he joined the United States Marine Corps, leaving active duty in 1997. He has since served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve and was recalled to active duty from 2004 to 2006 and in 2009 and in 2013.

Between 1997 and 1999, he clerked for judges on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the Alaska Supreme Court. He worked in private practice in Anchorage, Alaska from 2000 to 2002, then moved to Maryland to work for the federal government, first with the National Economic Council and National Security Council, then as Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs.

Sullivan then returned to Alaska, serving first as Alaska Attorney General from 2009 to 2010, then as Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources from 2010 to 2013. He resigned from office in September of that year to run for the United States Senate seat held by Democrat Mark Begich in the 2014 election. In August 2014, Sullivan won the Republican primary, defeating Alaska Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell and 2010 Senate nominee Joe Miller. After a close race, he defeated Begich in the general election by 47.96% to 45.83%, a margin of 6,014 votes out of 282,400 cast.[1]

Early life and education[edit | edit source]

Sullivan was born and raised in Fairview Park, Ohio to Sandra (née Simmons) and Thomas C. Sullivan, a businessman. He was raised Irish Catholic.[2]

He attended Culver Military Academy in Indiana and graduated in 1983. In 1987, Sullivan graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 1993, he earned a J.D.-M.S.F.S. joint degree from Georgetown University, graduating cum laude. He was a member of the Georgetown Law Journal and interned for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.[3]

Military service[edit | edit source]

Sullivan has served in the United States Marine Corps since 1993, both on active duty and in the reserves. Sullivan, who has spent several years with a reconnaissance battalion based in Anchorage, Alaska, initially left active duty in 1997 when he first moved to Alaska, but has since been recalled to active duty three times: From 2004 to 2006, again in early 2009, and for a six week tour in Afghanistan in July 2013.[4] Sullivan is a recipient of the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.[5]

Early legal career[edit | edit source]

Sullivan served as a judicial law clerk for Judge Andrew Kleinfeld of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Fairbanks from 1997 to 1998. He then clerked for Chief Justice Warren Matthews of the Alaska Supreme Court in Anchorage from 1998-99.[6]

In 2000, Sullivan joined the Anchorage office of the Perkins Coie law firm, focusing on commercial law and corporate law. He had joined the Alaska bar that same year.[6]

Early political career[edit | edit source]

White House and State Department[edit | edit source]

In 2002, Sullivan began work in the Washington, D.C. area, where he headed the International Economics Directorate of the National Economic Council and National Security Council staffs at the White House. Sullivan advised the President of the United States – then George W. Bush – along with the National Security Advisor and NEC chairman. Sullivan left the White House in 2004.[5]

In 2006, Sullivan was appointed by President Bush to the post of United States Assistant Secretary of State for Economic, Energy, and Business Affairs. The United States Senate unanimously confirmed Sullivan in May of that year. Sullivan served in this capacity until January 2009. While serving as Assistant Secretary of State he owned a house in Anchorage and continued to vote in Alaska elections by absentee ballot,[7] claiming Bethesda, Maryland as his primary residence for tax purposes.[8]

Alaska Attorney General[edit | edit source]

Alaska Attorney General Talis Colberg resigned in February 2009 over the Alaska Public Safety Commissioner dismissal scandal. Governor Sarah Palin appointed Wayne Anthony Ross for the post, but the Alaska Legislature rejected the appointment. Palin appointed Sullivan instead, who was sworn into office in June 2009, while the Alaska Legislature was out of session.[9] The Alaska Legislature unanimously confirmed Sullivan's appointment on April 9, 2010.[10] Sullivan's last day acting as Alaska's Attorney General was December 5, 2010.[citation needed]

Alaska DNR Commissioner[edit | edit source]

On November 18, 2010, shortly after being elected, Alaska Governor Sean Parnell appointed Sullivan as Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, replacing former Commissioner Thomas E. Irwin. In 2013, during his term in office, Sullivan was deployed to Afghanistan for six weeks, in his role as the executive officer of the 4th Marine Division's Anti-Terrorism Battalion.[11]

United States Senate[edit | edit source]

Committee assignments[edit | edit source]

2014 election[edit | edit source]

On October 15, 2013, he announced that he was running for the United States Senate seat held by Democrat Mark Begich in the 2014 election.[12] Sullivan was endorsed by the Club for Growth.[13]

Despite a late-race endorsement of 2010 party nominee Joe Miller by Sarah Palin, Sullivan won the Republican primary on August 19, 2014, with 40% of the vote, and 32% and 25% for Miller and Treadwell respectively.[14][15]

On November 12, 2014, the Associated Press[1] and CNN[16] declared that Sullivan defeated Begich in the general election by about 8,000 votes—48.6 to 45.4 percent. At the time of the Associated Press call, there were approximately 31,000 votes left to count and Begich refused to concede.[17] On November 17, 2014, Begich conceded the election to Sullivan.[18]

Tenure[edit | edit source]

Sullivan was sworn into office on January 6, 2015 by Vice President Joe Biden.

Political positions[edit | edit source]

Sullivan opposes abortion, except in cases of rape, incest, or threat to the life of the mother; he also has voiced his opposition to same-sex marriage.[19] He opposes the Affordable Care Act and believes it should be repealed and replaced. Sullivan is against granting amnesty to illegal immigrants, and is a proponent of an "all-of-the-above" energy policy, including increased drilling for oil.[20]

Personal life[edit | edit source]

While at Georgetown, he met fellow law student Julie Fate, the daughter of retired dentist and former Alaska State Representative Hugh Fate.[5] The two eventually married and have three daughters.[5] When they met, Julie was a staffer for U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens.[5] Julie grew up in a traditional Athabaskan family.[5] Sullivan's mother-in-law is Mary Jane Fate, who was once co-chair of the Alaska Federation of Natives.[5]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Bohrer, Becky. Republican Dan Sullivan wins Senate race in Alaska, Associated Press, November 12, 2014.
  2. Profile, bloomberg.com, September 23, 2014; accessed November 6, 2014.
  3. Biography, community.adn.com; accessed November 6, 2014.
  4. DNR Commissioner Dan Sullivan Deployed to Afghanistan. Anchorage Daily News, July 22, 2013; retrieved July 31, 2013.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 Lisa Demer (April 19, 2014). "Candidate profile: Dan Sullivan, Marine and ex-resources chief, aims for US Senate seat". http://www.adn.com/article/20140419/candidate-profile-dan-sullivan-marine-and-ex-resources-chief-aims-us-senate-seat. Retrieved October 1, 2014. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 Profile, adn.com, April 19, 2014; accessed November 7, 2014.
  7. Profile, adn.com; accessed November 6, 2014.
  8. "Tax assessor says Alaska's Senate hopeful was Md. resident". The Hill. September 30, 2014. http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/senate-races/219399-tax-assessor-says-alaskas-sullivan-was-md-resident. Retrieved October 2, 2014. 
  9. Sullivan appointment as Alaska Public Safety Commissioner, law.justia.com; accessed November 6, 2014.
  10. Alaska legislature unanimously confirms Sullivan, adn.com; accessed November 6, 2014.
  11. "DNR Commissioner Dan Sullivan Deployed to Afghanistan", adn.com, July 22, 2013; accessed November 6, 2014.
  12. "Former DNR Commissioner Dan Sullivan enters U.S. Senate race". Anchorage Daily News. September 15, 2013. http://www.ktoo.org/2013/10/15/former-dnr-commissioner-dan-sullivan-enters-u-s-senate-race. 
  13. "Club for Growth Backs Sullivan in Alaska Race". RealClearPolitics. March 12, 2014. http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2014/03/12/club_for_growth_backs_sullivan_in_alaska_race_121900.html. Retrieved November 6, 2014. 
  14. "Sarah Palin endorses Joe Miller in Alaska Senate race", Washington Post, August 15, 2014; retrieved August 22, 2014.
  15. "Sullivan declares victory in high- takes GOP Senate primary", Alaska Dispatch News, Dermot Cole, August 20, 2014; retrieved August 22, 2014.
  16. Peligri, Justin. Republican challenger defeats Begich in Alaska Senate race, CNN, November 12, 2014.
  17. Walshe, Shushanna. Alaska Senate Race: Why Democrat Mark Begich Refuses To Concede, ABC News', November 12, 2014.
  18. Joseph, Cameron. Begich concedes Alaska Senate race, The Hill, November 17, 2014.
  19. Alaska Republicans focus on social issues in debate, thehill.com; accessed November 6, 2014.
  20. http://www.ontheissues.org/senate/Dan_Sullivan.htm

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Preceded by
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Succeeded by
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