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Daniel S. Sullivan
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U.S. Senate, Alaska
In office
January 3, 2015 - Present
Term ends
January 3, 2021
Years in position 0
PredecessorMark Begich (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 3, 2020
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Alaska Commissioner of Natural Resources
Attorney General of Alaska
Bachelor'sHarvard University (1987)
Master'sGeorgetown University (1993)
J.D.Georgetown University School of Law (1993)
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Marine Corps
Years of service1993-1997
Service branchUnited States Marine Corps Active Reserves
Years of service1997-present
Office website
Campaign website
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Daniel Scott Sullivan (b. November 13, 1964, in Fairview Park, Ohio) is a Republican member of the United States Senate, representing Alaska since 2015. He defeated Mead Treadwell, Joe Miller and John Jaramillo in the Republican primary on August 19, 2014. Sullivan then beat incumbent Mark Begich (D) and several third-party candidates on November 4, 2014.[1][2]

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.[3] 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.[4] He resigned from his post in early-December 2010 after Gov. Parnell tapped him to head the state's Department of Natural Resources.[5][6]

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.[6]

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.[6]


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:[7]

  • 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.

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate


Sullivan serves on the following committees:[8]


National security

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.[9]

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."[10] 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.[11]

Campaign themes


Sullivan's campaign website listed the following issues:[12]

  • Protecting Alaskans: "Working to protect Alaskans, particularly the most vulnerable, has always been a critical component of Dan’s public service career. Having the opportunity to serve in a leadership role to find solutions to these critical issues has been an honor."
  • Jobs & The Economy: "The Obama Administration has failed to get the economy moving forward, resulting in one of the weakest recoveries from a recession in our nation’s history. Millions of Americans can’t find work."
  • 2nd Amendment: "As a Marine-qualified “expert” on the rifle and pistol, Dan is a strong advocate and defender of our Second Amendment rights. Americans are protected by the Constitution to keep and bear arms. However, President Obama and Senate Democrats have taken steps to infringe on those rights, and they must be stopped."
  • Energy & Natural Resources: "Given Alaska’s world-class resource base and strategic global location, our natural resource potential can lead America into a new era of economic prosperity. As Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources, Dan defended the state’s economic interests and worked with the private sector to maximize Alaska’s full economic potential. His work has focused on getting big things done for Alaska, and when necessary, aggressively fighting back against those who try to shutdown or delay economic opportunities for our citizens."
  • Healthcare: "Access to affordable and quality healthcare is an extremely important issue to Alaskans, and it is critical for policy makers to achieve that goal. At the same time, we must revive our national economy and rein in the trillions of dollars of deficits that the Obama Administration has run over the past five years."


—Dan Sullivan's campaign website,

Elections & appointments


See also: United States Senate elections in Alaska, 2014

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.[1] 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.[14][2]

U.S. Senate, Alaska General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDan Sullivan 48% 135,445
     Democratic Mark Begich Incumbent 45.8% 129,431
     Libertarian Mark Fish 3.7% 10,512
     Independent Ted Gianoutsos 2% 5,636
     N/A Write-in 0.5% 1,376
Total Votes 282,400
Source: Alaska Secretary of State
U.S. Senate, Alaska Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDan Sullivan 40.1% 44,740
Joe Miller 32.1% 35,904
Mead Treadwell 24.9% 27,807
John Jaramillo 2.9% 3,246
Total Votes 111,697
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."[15]


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.[16] His term was unfixed as the commissioner serves at the pleasure of the governor.


Sullivan was appointed Attorney General of Alaska in June 2009 by then-Governor Sarah Palin. He was confirmed unanimously by the state legislature in April 2010.

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Sullivan's reports.

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See also

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Politico, "2014 Alaska Senate Primaries Results," accessed August 20, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Huffington Post, "Election 2014," November 4, 2014
  3. Alaska Department of Natural Resources, "Commissioner's Office Biography," accessed June 21, 2013
  4. Anchorage Daily News, "Palin names Sullivan attorney general" 16 June, 2009
  5. Legal Newsline, "Burns is Alaska's new attorney general" 1 Dec. 2010
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2, "Daniel Sullivan Bio" accessed September 26, 2012
  7. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "SULLIVAN, Daniel Scott, (1964 - )," accessed January 22, 2015
  8. United States Senate, "Committee Assignments of the 114th Congress," accessed February 17, 2015
  9. The Wall Street Journal, "Text of GOP Senators’ Letter to Iran’s Leaders on Nuclear Talks," March 9, 2015
  10. Fox News, "Firestorm erupts over GOP letter challenging Obama's power to approve Iran nuclear deal," March 10, 2015
  11. Ut San Diego, "Traitors or patriots? Senator's letter to Iran creates firestorm," March 11, 2015
  12. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed June 12, 2014
  13. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  14. Alaska Secretary of State, "2014 PRIMARY ELECTION - Unofficial Results," accessed August 20, 2014
  15. Club for Growth, "Club for Growth PAC Endorses Dan Sullivan For U.S. Senate," March 12, 2014
  16. Alaska Department of Natural Resources, "Bio," accessed September 26, 2012
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Daniel Sullivan Year-End," accessed February 14, 2014
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Daniel Sullivan April Quarterly," accessed April 29, 2014
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Daniel Sullivan July Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Daniel Sullivan Pre-Primary," accessed August 12, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Daniel Sullivan October Quarterly," accessed October 24, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Daniel Sullivan Pre-General," accessed November 24, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Mark Begich
United States Senate - Alaska
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Alaska Commissioner of Natural Resources
Succeeded by
Joe Balash