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Dan Sullivan (Arkansas)

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Dan Sullivan
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Arkansas House of Representatives, District 53
In office
January 12, 2015 - Present
Term ends
January 8, 2017
Years in position 0
Base salary$15,869/year
Per diem$148/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limits3 terms (6 years)
Campaign website
Dan Sullivan is a Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives, representing District 53. He was first elected to the chamber in 2014.

Sullivan was a 2014 special election Republican candidate for District 21 of the Arkansas State Senate.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Sullivan served on the following committees:

Arkansas Committee Assignments, 2015
Aging, Children and Youth, Legislative and Military Affairs
Public Health, Welfare and Labor


Campaign themes


Sullivan's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]


  • Excerpt: "Having served over 25 years as a teacher and a principal, Dan knows that the Common Core Curriculum being handed down from Washington DC could devastate those schools that excel."

Pro Life

  • Excerpt: "Dan Sullivan is staunchly pro life and will not vote for any bill that would allow taxpayer dollars to fund abortions. His votes will reflect his belief that life starts at conception and is a gift from our Creator."


  • Excerpt: "Dan is a follower of Jesus Christ. He and his wife Maria attend Southwest Church, where he serves as a Shepherd. They are both active in Wolflife, an ASU campus ministry."


  • Excerpt: "As an executive in the healthcare field, Dan has seen first hand the destructive effects of Obamacare. In the State Senate Dan will advocate repealing the Affordable Care Act and work to protect Arkansans from its damaging effects."


  • Excerpt: "Dan Sullivan is a proud Concealed Carry Permit Holder and would work to defeat any legislation that restricts our rights outlined by the 2nd amendment. He is a supporter of Arkansas Act 746 of 2013 and would be against modifying it in upcoming legislative sessions."



See also: Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Arkansas House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 20, 2014; a runoff election took place where necessary on June 10, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 3, 2014. Incumbent Homer Lenderman was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Dan Sullivan was unopposed in the Republican primary. Lenderman was defeated by Sullivan in the general election.[3][4]

Arkansas House of Representatives, District 53 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDan Sullivan 52.9% 3,830
     Democratic Homer Lenderman Incumbent 47.1% 3,416
Total Votes 7,246

2014 special election

See also: Arkansas state legislative special elections, 2014

John Cooper (R) defeated Steve Rockwell (D) in the special election, which took place on January 14.[5] Rockwell and Radius Baker advanced past Gene Roebuck and Ray Kidd in the Democratic primary.[6] Rockwell defeated Baker in the Democratic primary runoff.[7] Dan Sullivan and Cooper advanced past Chad Niell in the Republican primary.[6] Cooper defeated Sullivan in the Republican primary runoff.[7][8]

The seat was vacant following Paul Bookout's (D) resignation on August 21, 2013, after he was fined $8,000 by the Arkansas Ethics Commission for spending campaign funds on personal items.[9]

A special election for the position of Arkansas State Senate District 21 was called for January 14, with a primary on October 8, 2013. A primary runoff took place on November 12, 2013. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was September 6, 2013.[9]

Arkansas State Senate, District 21, Special Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Cooper 57.2% 4,318
     Democratic Steve Rockwell 42.8% 3,235
Total Votes 7,553


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Preceded by
Homer Lenderman (D)
Arkansas House District 53
Succeeded by