Daniel S. Sullivan
|Daniel S. Sullivan|
|U.S. Senate, Alaska|
|January 3, 2015 - Present|
|January 3, 2021|
|Years in position||0|
|Predecessor||Mark Begich (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 4, 2014|
|Next general||November 3, 2020|
|Alaska Commissioner of Natural Resources|
|Attorney General of Alaska|
|Bachelor's||Harvard University (1987)|
|Master's||Georgetown University (1993)|
|J.D.||Georgetown University School of Law (1993)|
|Service/branch||United States Marine Corps|
|Years of service||1993-1997|
|Service branch||United States Marine Corps Active Reserves|
|Years of service||1997-present|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 5 Elections & appointments
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Recent news
- 8 See also
- 9 External links
- 10 References
Sullivan is a former Alaska Commissioner of Natural Resources, appointed by Governor Sean Parnell in December 2010. He was unanimously confirmed by the Alaska Legislature the following April. He served in this position until 2013.
Before assuming the nonpartisan post of natural resources commissioner, Sullivan served as the Republican Attorney General of Alaska from June 2009 until December 2010. He was appointed attorney general in June 2009 by then-Governor Sarah Palin. He resigned from his post in early-December 2010 after Gov. Parnell tapped him to head the state's Department of Natural Resources.
Sullivan has served in the United States Marine Corps since 1993. He transitioned from active duty to the reserves in 1997 as an infantry and reconnaissance officer. He has been recalled twice since joining the reserves, most recently in 2009 in order to work on a strategy report for then-Commander of U.S. Central Command General David Petraeus.
Before entering public service, he was an attorney for the firm Perkins Coie, LLP. Sullivan earned his B.A. in Economics from Harvard University and his J.D/M.S. from Georgetown University Law Center.
Aside from his credentials as a statewide official, Sullivan's government experience includes several years working for the federal government in various capacities under former President George W. Bush. Sullivan was the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Economic, Energy, and Business Affairs - serving as senior adviser to the U.S. Secretary of State on "international economic, energy, trade, finance, transportation, telecommunications and Arctic policies" - as well as Director in the International Economics Directorate of the National Security Council and White House National Economic Council staffs.
While working toward receiving his law degree at Georgetown University, Sullivan interned as a law clerk for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Upon graduating from law school, he joined the United States Marine Corps, serving both on active duty and in the reserves. Since initially leaving active duty in 1997, he has been recalled twice - for a two year period beginning in 2004 and again in 2009.
In addition to his military service, Sullivan has worked as a judicial law clerk for both Judge Andrew Kleinfeld of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit based in Fairbanks, Alaska, in 1997 as well as for Chief Justice Warren Matthews of the Alaska Supreme Court in 1998. Shortly thereafter, he joined the Anchorage-based law firm of Perkins Coie, LLP, where, as a private practice attorney, he concentrated on corporate transactions and commercial litigation.
Sullivan has received a number of awards, including a Defense Meritorious Service Medal (U.S. Marine Corps), a White House Fellowship (2002), the National Security Council Outstanding Service Award and the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce Ten Outstanding Young Americans Award.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Sullivan's academic, professional and political career:
- 2015-Present: U.S. Senator from Alaska
- 1997-Present: U.S. Marine Corps Reserves
- 2010-2013: Commissioner of Alaska Department of Natural Resources
- 2009-2010: Attorney General of Alaska
- 2006-2009: Assistant U.S. Secretary of State for Economic, Energy and Business Affairs
- 1993-1997: U.S. Marine Corps
- 1993: Graduated from Georgetown University with an M.F.S. and J.D.
- 1987: Graduated from Harvard University with a B.A.
Sullivan serves on the following committees:
- Armed Services Committee
- Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee
- Environment and Public Works Committee
- Veterans' Affairs Committee
Letter to Iran
On March 9, 2015, Senator Tom Cotton wrote a letter to Iran's leadership, warning them that signing a nuclear deal with the Obama administration without congressional approval was merely an "executive agreement". The letter also stated that "The next president could revoke such an executive agreement with the stroke of a pen and future Congresses could modify the terms of the agreement at any time." The letter was signed by 47 Republican members of the Senate. Sullivan was one of the 47 who signed the letter. No Democrats signed it.
The letter caused intense backlash from both the Obama administration and the public. Vice President Joe Biden said of the letter, "In thirty-six years in the United States Senate, I cannot recall another instance in which senators wrote directly to advise another country — much less a longtime foreign adversary — that the president does not have the constitutional authority to reach a meaningful understanding with them." On Twitter, the hashtag "47Traitors" became the top trending topic in the world, and a debate raged as to whether the 47 who signed the letter were traitors or patriots.
Sullivan's campaign website listed the following issues:
—Dan Sullivan's campaign website, http://www.sullivan2014.com/issues
Elections & appointments
Sullivan won election in the 2014 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Alaska. Sullivan defeated Mead Treadwell, Joe Miller and John Jaramillo in the Republican primary on August 26, 2014. He then beat incumbent Mark Begich (D), Thom Walker (L), Ted Gianoutsos (I) and Sid Hill (I) in the general election on November 4, 2014.
|U.S. Senate, Alaska General Election, 2014|
|Democratic||Mark Begich Incumbent||45.8%||129,431|
|Source: Alaska Secretary of State|
|U.S. Senate, Alaska Republican Primary, 2014|
|Source: Alaska Secretary of State|
Sullivan was endorsed by the Club for Growth PAC in the Republican primary. Former Club President Chris Chocola said, "Dan Sullivan is a fiscal conservative with a stellar track record in Alaska and we strongly endorse him for the United States Senate. Dan has fought for pro-growth tax reform, taken on ObamaCare in court, and beaten back federal overreach by Obama’s EPA. In the Senate, Dan Sullivan will continue the fight for economic freedom and we can’t wait to see him help deliver for America the kinds of pro-growth policies he’s already delivered for Alaska."
Sullivan was appointed to the statewide position of commissioner of natural resources by Governor Sean Parnell. He was appointed in December 2010 and confirmed unanimously by the state legislature the following April. His term was unfixed as the commissioner serves at the pleasure of the governor.
|Daniel Sullivan (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|Year-End||January 31, 2014||$0||$1,276,151||$(158,723)||$1,117,427|
|April Quarterly||April 14, 2014||$1,117,427||$1,365,035||$(549,140)||$1,933,335|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2014||$1,933,335||$1,162,842||$(1,385,667)||$1,710,510|
|Pre-Primary||August 4, 2014||$1,710,510||$264,329||$(981,916)||$992,924|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2014||$992,924||$2,547,472||$(2,378,457)||$1,161,938|
|Pre-General||October 23, 2014||$1,161,938||$501,180||$(1,213,612)||$449,506|
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "Daniel + Sullivan + Alaska + Senate"
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- United States Senate
- United States Senate elections in Alaska, 2014
- Alaska Commissioner of Natural Resources
- Social media:
- Summary, biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Profile at Wikipedia
- Campaign finance reports and data at the Federal Election Commission
- Issue positions and quotes at On The Issues
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Collected news and commentary at The Hill
- Attorney General 2009-2010 profile at the Alaska Department of Law
- 2006 profile at the U.S. Department of State
- Politico, "2014 Alaska Senate Primaries Results," accessed August 20, 2014
- The Huffington Post, "Election 2014," November 4, 2014
- Alaska Department of Natural Resources, "Commissioner's Office Biography," accessed June 21, 2013
- Anchorage Daily News, "Palin names Sullivan attorney general" 16 June, 2009
- Legal Newsline, "Burns is Alaska's new attorney general" 1 Dec. 2010
- Alaska.gov, "Daniel Sullivan Bio" accessed September 26, 2012
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "SULLIVAN, Daniel Scott, (1964 - )," accessed January 22, 2015
- United States Senate, "Committee Assignments of the 114th Congress," accessed February 17, 2015
- The Wall Street Journal, "Text of GOP Senators’ Letter to Iran’s Leaders on Nuclear Talks," March 9, 2015
- Fox News, "Firestorm erupts over GOP letter challenging Obama's power to approve Iran nuclear deal," March 10, 2015
- Ut San Diego, "Traitors or patriots? Senator's letter to Iran creates firestorm," March 11, 2015
- Campaign website, "Issues," accessed June 12, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Alaska Secretary of State, "2014 PRIMARY ELECTION - Unofficial Results," accessed August 20, 2014
- Club for Growth, "Club for Growth PAC Endorses Dan Sullivan For U.S. Senate," March 12, 2014
- Alaska Department of Natural Resources, "Bio," accessed September 26, 2012
- Federal Election Commission, "Daniel Sullivan Year-End," accessed February 14, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Daniel Sullivan April Quarterly," accessed April 29, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Daniel Sullivan July Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Daniel Sullivan Pre-Primary," accessed August 12, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Daniel Sullivan October Quarterly," accessed October 24, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Daniel Sullivan Pre-General," accessed November 24, 2014
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