John Sullivan (Oklahoma)

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John Sullivan
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U.S. House, Oklahoma, District 1
Retired Representative
In office
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedJanuary 8, 2002
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Oklahoma House of Representatives
Bachelor'sNortheastern State University
Date of birthJanuary 1, 1965
Place of birthTulsa, Oklahoma
ProfessionReal Estate Broker
Net worth(2012) $32,500
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
John A. Sullivan (b. January 1, 1965) was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Oklahoma. Sullivan was first elected by the voters from Oklahoma's 1st Congressional District in 2002.

Sullivan was defeated by challenger Jim Bridenstine in the Republican primary on June 26, 2012.[1][2] The day of the primary, Sullivan said he had made a mistake by ignoring the primary challenge for too long. "I never had a race like this in all my life," he said.[3]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Sullivan was a "moderate Republican leader."[4]


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Committee assignments

U.S. House


Sullivan served on the following committees:[5]

  • Energy and Commerce
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Power Vice Chair
    • Subcommittee on Environment and Economy
    • Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations


Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Yea3.png Sullivan voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 85 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[6]



See also: Oklahoma's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

Sullivan was running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Oklahoma's 1st District. Sullivan was the nomination on the Republican ticket. The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run was April 13, 2012. Sullivan was defeated by Jim Bridenstine in the June 26, 2012, Republican primary.[1][7]

U.S. House, Oklahoma District 1 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJim Bridenstine 53.8% 28,055
John Sullivan 46.2% 24,058
Total Votes 52,113


On June 9, 2012, Sullivan released a 30-second ad titled "Everywhere."

On May 28, 2012, Sullivan released a second 30-second ad titled "Industry," attacking Democratic regulations on the oil and gas industry.

On May 13, 2012, Sullivan released his first 2012 ad, highlighting his fight to repeal Obamacare.


2012 election

An automated phone poll, conducted May 14-15, 2012, by the Bridenstine campaign, showed Bridenstine in a statistical tie with incumbent Rep. John Sullivan.[8]

Oklahoma's Congressional District 1, 2012
Poll Jim Bridenstine (R) John Sullivan (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
(May 17, 2012)
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On November 2, 2010, John Sullivan won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Angelia O'Dell (D) in the general election.[9]

U.S. House, Oklahoma District 1 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Sullivan incumbent 76.8% 151,173
     Democrat Angelia O’Dell 23.2% 45,656
Total Votes 196,829

Campaign donors


As of March 31, 2012, Sullivan raised $797,962 during the 2012 campaign cycle and spent $247,528, leaving him with $733,899 cash on hand. Of that, 61 percent came from PAC contributions, and 38 percent came from individual contributions.[10]

On June 20, 2012, the American Academy of Anesthesiologists PAC reported spending roughly $25,000 on direct mail to support Sullivan.[11]


Sullivan won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Sullivan's campaign committee raised a total of $940,406 and spent $808,866.[12]

His top five contributors between 2009-2010 were:


Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Sullivan paid his congressional staff a total of $962,074 in 2011. Overall, Oklahoma ranked 19th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[13]

Net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Sullivan's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $15,001 to $50,000. That averages to $32,500, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2011 of $6,358,668. His average calculated net worth[14] decreased by 81.43% from 2010.[15]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Sullivan's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $100,001 to $250,000. This averages out to $175,000.50 which was lower than the average net worth of Republicans in 2010 of $7,561,133.[16]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Sullivan ranked 47th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[17]


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Sullivan ranked 154th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[18]

Voting with party

John Sullivan voted with the Republican Party 94.1 percent of the time, which ranked 66 among the 242 House Republican members as of December 2011.[19]


Sullivan is married to Judy. They have 4 children.

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See also

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Oklahoma Elections Division, "Election Results" accessed June 26, 2012
  2. Fox 23 "Jim Bridenstine defeats John Sullivan in primary," June 26, 2012
  3. Politico, "An incumbent caught sleeping?" June 26, 2012
  4. GovTrack, "Sullivan" accessed May 22, 2012
  5. U.S. Congressman John Sullivan, Proudly Serving the First District of Oklahoma, "Biography"
  6. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  7. Oklahoma Secretary of State "2012 Primary Results"
  8., "Bridenstine Campaign Announces Internal Polling Results" accessed June 15, 2012
  9. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  10. Accessed June 14, 2012
  11. FEC "Schedule E Independent Expenditures" accessed June 21, 2012
  12. Open Secrets, "John Sullivan 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 16, 2011
  13. LegiStorm, "John Sullivan," accessed September 25, 2012
  14. This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
  15. OpenSecrets, "John Sullivan (R-Okla), 2011," accessed February 22, 2013
  16. OpenSecrets, "John Sullivan (R-Okla), 2010," accessed September 25, 2012
  17. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  18. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  19. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Steve Largent
U.S. House of Representatives - Oklahoma, District 1
Succeeded by
Jim Bridenstine (R)
Preceded by
Oklahoma House of Representatives
Succeeded by