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 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
Campaign website
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Daniel S. Sullivan (b. November 13, 1964 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] He defeated Mead Treadwell, Joe Miller and John Jaramillo in the Republican primary on August 19, 2014. Sullivan will face incumbent Mark Begich (D) in November.[3]

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 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.[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]

Alaska commissioners of natural resources serve unfixed terms at the pleasure of the sitting governor.[7] 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."[8] 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.[9]


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.


  • 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.[10] 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.[11] 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.[12][13]

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.


Campaign themes


Sullivan's campaign website lists the following issues:[14]

  • 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, http://www.sullivan2014.com/issues

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 defeated Mead Treadwell, Joe Miller and John Jaramillo in the Republican primary on August 26, 2014.[3] He will face incumbent Mark Begich (D), Thom Walker (L), Ted Gianoutsos (I) and Sid Hill (I) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[16]

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. 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."[17]


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.[18] 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[19]January 31, 2014$0$1,276,151$(158,723)$1,117,427
April Quarterly[20]April 14, 2014$1,117,427$1,365,035$(549,140)$1,933,335
July Quarterly[21]July 15, 2014$1,933,335$1,162,842$(1,385,667)$1,710,510
Pre-Primary[22]August 4, 2014$1,710,510$264,329$(981,916)$992,924
Running totals


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

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See also

External links


  1. Alaska Department of Natural Resources, "Commissioner's Office Biography," accessed June 21, 2013
  2. beaumontenterprise.com, "Former Alaska AG Sullivan launches US Senate bid," October 15, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 Politico, "2014 Alaska Senate Primaries Results," accessed August 20, 2014
  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 Alaska.gov, "Daniel Sullivan Bio" accessed September 26, 2012
  7. Alaska Legal Resource Center, "Alaska Statutes 39.05.030," accessed June 5, 2011
  8. Department of Natural Resources, Commissioners Officce, "Letter of resignation to Governor Sean Parnell," sent September 11, 2013
  9. Alaska Department of Natural Resources, "Acting Commissioner Joe Balash," accessed September 27, 2013
  10. Alaska Department of Natural Resources, "Bio," accessed September 26, 2012
  11. Anchorage Daily News, "Palin names Sullivan attorney general" 16 June, 2009
  12. Legal Newsline, "Burns is Alaska's new attorney general" 1 Dec. 2010
  13. Alaska.gov, "Daniel Sullivan Bio" accessed September 26, 2012
  14. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed June 12, 2014
  15. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  16. Alaska Secretary of State, "2014 PRIMARY ELECTION - Unofficial Results," accessed August 20, 2014
  17. Club for Growth, "Club for Growth PAC Endorses Dan Sullivan For U.S. Senate," March 12, 2014
  18. Alaska Department of Natural Resources, "Bio," accessed September 26, 2012
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Daniel Sullivan Year-End," accessed February 14, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Daniel Sullivan April Quarterly," accessed April 29, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Daniel Sullivan July Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Daniel Sullivan Pre-Primary," accessed August 12, 2014

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