John Sullivan (Illinois)

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John Sullivan
Illinois State Senate District 47
In office
2003 - Present
Term ends
January 11, 2017
Years in position 12
Assistant Majority Leader
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$111/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2002
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sQuincy College
Date of birthJanuary 9, 1959
Place of birthMacomb, Illinois
Office website
Campaign website
John Sullivan is a Democratic member of the Illinois State Senate, representing District 47. He was first elected to the chamber in 2002.

Sullivan earned his Bachelor's from Qunicy College. His professional experience includes working as a real estate agent.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Sullivan served on the following committees:

Illinois Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture and Conservation, Vice-Chairperson
Committee of the Whole
Financial Institutions
Higher Education


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Sullivan served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Sullivan served on these committees:[1]



See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2012

Sullivan won re-election in the 2012 election for Illinois State Senate District 47. Sullivan was unopposed in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012 and defeated Randy Frese (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2][3][4]

Illinois State Senate, District 47, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Sullivan Incumbent 56.4% 51,298
     Republican Randy Frese 43.6% 39,719
Total Votes 91,017


On November 4, 2008, Democrat John Sullivan won re-election to the Illinois State Senate District 47 receiving 77,597 votes.[5]

Illinois State Senate, District 47 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John Sullivan (D) 77,597

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2008, Sullivan collected $163,535 in donations.[6]

Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Illinois Laborers $13,000
Illinois Education Association $11,000
Associated General Contractors of Illinois $7,500
Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois $5,000
Altria $3,000
Illinois State Medical Society $3,000
Archer Daniels Midland $2,500
Walgreens $2,200
Chicago Teachers Union $2,000
Illinois Harness Horsemens Association $2,000
Illinois Health Care Association $2,000
Operating Engineers Local 649 $2,000
Cass County Democratic CMTE $2,000
Illinois Merchants Association $1,500
Community Bankers Association of Illinois $1,500
Norfolk Southern Corp $1,500
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association $1,500
Illinois Realtors Association $1,450
Bruce Simon Consulting $1,450
Association of Illinois Electrical Cooperatives $1,300


Illinois Opportunity Project

See also: Illinois Opportunity Project's Legislative Vote Card

The Illinois Opportunity Project, "an independent research and public policy enterprise that promotes legislative solutions in advance of free markets and free minds," annually releases its Legislative Vote Card, grading all members in both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly on the basis of their support of "pro-growth economic policies that increase personal freedom and reign in expansive government."[7][8]


Sullivan received a score of 62.50 out of 100 in 2012 for a grade of C- according to the IOP’s grading scale. His score was tied for the 24th highest among all 59 members of the Illinois State Senate included in the Vote Card.[8]


Sullivan and his wife, Joan, have four children.[9]

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