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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
BirthdayJanuary 1, 1965
Place of birthTulsa, Oklahoma
ProfessionReal Estate Broker
Net worth$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

Voted "Yes" 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 one 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, Republican primary. [1][7]

Oklahoma's 1st Congressional District 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 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

U.S. House of Representatives, Oklahoma Congressional District 1 Election, 2010 - John Sullivan (Oklahoma) Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $940,406
Total Spent $808,866
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $0
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $0
Top contributors to John Sullivan (Oklahoma)'s campaign committee
Williams Companies$19,450
Chesapeake Energy$15,300
Christner Trucking$14,400
American Academy of Ophthalmology$10,000
American Bankers Assn$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Oil & Gas$138,300
Health Professionals$111,400
Electric Utilities$40,500
Real Estate$25,600


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: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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 net worth decreased by 81.43% from 2010.[14]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.[15]

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.[16]


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.[17]

Percentage voting with party

John Sullivan voted with the Republican Party 94.1% of the time, which ranked 66 among the 242 House Republican members as of December 2011.[18]

Recent news

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John Sullivan is married to Judy. They have 4 children.

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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