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Daniel S. Sullivan

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Daniel S. Sullivan
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Candidate for
U.S. Senate, Alaska
Base salary$135,000
Elections and appointments
Next primaryAugust 19, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
AppointedNovember 18, 2010
Appointed byGovernor of Alaska Sean Parnell (R)
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Attorney General of Alaska
Alaska Commissioner of Natural Resources
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
Daniel S. Sullivan (born in Fairview Park, Ohio) is the 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.[1] Sullivan is running for election to the U.S. Senate from Alaska in 2014.[2]

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

Sullivan has served in the United States Marine Corps since 1993. He transitioned from active duty to the reserves in 1997 as a 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.[5]

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.[5]

Alaska commissioners of natural resources serve unfixed terms at the pleasure of the sitting governor.[6] On September 11, 2013, Sullivan announced he was stepping down from the commissioner's post. In his resignation letter to Gov. Parnell, Sullivan cited vague plans "to explore new opportunities and challenges in the next phase of my life."[7] Sullivan's decision to resign has been widely commented on in reference to preexisting speculation regarding a possible campaign for U.S. Senate in 2014. Sullivan's resignation became effective September 24, 2013, and Joe Balash took over as interim commissioner the following day.[8]


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 been received a number of honors thus far in his military and public service career, 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.


  • Bachelor's degree, Harvard University (1987) in economics (magna cum laude)
  • Juris Doctorate degree, Georgetown University (1993)
  • Master of Science in Foreign Service degree, Georgetown University (1993)

Political career

Alaska Commissioner of Natural Resources (2010-2013)

Sullivan was appointed by Governor Sean Parnell for an unfixed term effective December 2010.[9] His appointment was approved by a unanimous vote of the state legislature in April 2011. He tendered his resignation to Parnell on September 11, 2013, and he officially vacated the post September 24, 2013.

Attorney General of Alaksa (2009-2010)

Sullivan was the Republican Attorney General of Alaska from June 2009 until December 2010. He was appointed to the position in June 2009 by then-Governor Sarah Palin.[10] He resigned from his post in early-December 2010 in order to take up his responsibilities as Commissioner for the State Department of Natural Resources.[11][12]

National Economic Council and National Security Council (2006-2009)

Sullivan was named as the head of both the International Economics Directorate of the National Economic Council (NEC) and the National Security Council (NSC) staffs at the White House under President George W. Bush in 2002. Within this role, he advised the president along with the NEC and NSC chairmans. On April 24, 2006, Sullivan was nominated by President Bush as Assistant Secretary for Economic, Energy and Business Affairs, being subsequently confirmed unanimously on June 6. In this position, he was responsible for overseeing the work on international trade and investment policy, international finance/development/debt policy, economic sanctions and combating terrorist financing, international energy security policy, international telecommunications and transportation policies, and support for the United States businesses and private sector overseas. He remained in this role until 2009.

Elections & Appointments


See also: United States Senate elections in Alaska, 2014

Sullivan is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Alaska. Sullivan is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary on August 26, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.


Sullivan was endorsed by the Club for Growth PAC in the Republican primary. 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."[13]


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.[14] His term is 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 are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Sullivan's reports.

Daniel Sullivan (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[15]January 31, 2014$0$1,276,151$(158,710)$1,117,440
Running totals


Sullivan currently resides in Anchorage, Alaska with his wife, Julie Fate, and their three daughters.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Alaska Commissioner of Natural Resources
Succeeded by
Joe Balash