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Who is senator Dan Sullivan?
Senator Dan Sullivan represents Senate District 21, which includes parts of Craighead County and Jonesboro. He was elected to the Senate in November of 2020 and was sworn in on the first day of the regular session of 2021.
Senator Sullivan is a member of the Senate Committee on City, County and Local Affairs Committee and the Senate Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee. He is also a member of the Legislative Joint Auditing Committee and the Joint Performance Review.
Senator Sullivan served in the Arkansas House of Representatives for three terms before his election to the Senate.
In 2019 he co-sponsored legislation to raise minimum starting salaries of public school teachers.
During his first term in the Senate he co-sponsored two different Acts that amended the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act. Act 310 of 2021 allows citizens to use a personnel device to make copies of public documents. Act 572 of 2021 amends the awarding of attorneys’ fees under the original Freedom of Information Act. Senator Sullivan also sponsored legislation that allows Arkansas businesses and banks to hold annual or special shareholder meetings remotely.
Senator Sullivan earned a BSE from Arkansas State University. He earned an MSE in School Administration at Northeast Missouri State.
He is a board member of Arkansas State Chambers of Commerce. He is retired from the healthcare industry and a former administrator of the Jonesboro School System. He enjoys golf, hunting and fishing.
He is a father of two and lives in Jonesboro with his wife, Maria.
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Sullivan earned his B.A. in economics from Harvard University and his J.D/M.S. from Georgetown University Law Center.
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 in 1993. He transitioned from active duty to the reserves in 1997 as an infantry and reconnaissance officer.
In addition to his military service, Sullivan worked as a judicial law clerk for both Judge Andrew Kleinfeld of the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th 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’s government experience also includes working for the federal government under former President George W. Bush ®. Sullivan directed the International Economics Directorate of the National Security Council and White House National Economic Council staffs, and he was later appointed U.S. assistant secretary of state for economic, energy, and business affairs.
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.