Dan Sullivan on Principles & Values



Met Native Alaskan wife while working for Sen. Ted Stevens

Dan Sullivan (R) is pushing back against Democratic attacks that he's a carpetbagger in his first ads, featuring his Native Alaskan wife to counter charges he doesn't have deep roots in the state.

"We met while I was working for Sen. Ted Stevens, and the first place I brought Dan was to my family's fish camp on the Yukon River. He fell hard for me--and for Alaska," Sullivan's wife, Julie Fate Sullivan, says in one of the ads. "And after Dan completed his active duty service in the Marines, we came home to Fairbanks to raise our family."

Sullivan, who grew up in Ohio, has been facing attacks from his primary foes and Sen. Mark Begich's (D-Alaska) allies that he hasn't spent much time in Alaska. He moved there in 1997, left in 2002 to work for the Bush administration and serve an active-duty stint in the Marines, and returned in 2009 to become the state's attorney general. Both ads tout his resume and connections to the state.

Source: AdWatch by The Hill weblog on 2014 Alaska Senate race , Mar 31, 2014

Personal wealth between $1.6M and $3.8M, in family business

Former Natural Resources commissioner Dan Sullivan could give Begich a run for his money when it comes to personal wealth. Sullivan lists assets valued between $1.7 million and $3.9 million, according to his recently published disclosure reports. Meanwhile, Sullivan's debt is virtually nonexistent. He lists just one liability: for a Wells Fargo mortgage ranging between $50,000 to $100,000.

One of Sullivan's largest assets is the $500,000 to $1 million in stock he owns in RPM International, the Ohio-based multinational founded by Sullivan's grandfather that sells coatings and sealants. Dan Sullivan's oldest brother runs the company, which tallied more than $4 billion in sales in 2013.

Sullivan listed his former salary as state Natural Resources commissioner, where he worked until September, at $135,000 annually. Sullivan is a U.S. Marine Corps reservist but his report does not show income from that job because it's income from federal employment.

Source: Alaska Dispatch on 2014 Alaska Senate race , Feb 25, 2014

AdWatch: I love my state; I hate politicians

Republican Dan Sullivan is out with his first radio ad of the U.S. Senate race. The ad, entitled "Love," began running Thursday. A campaign spokesman says it will run for 10 days.

Sullivan, in the ad, talks about his love for his wife, the state and the country. But he says he says he hates what "Washington politicians" are doing to Alaska and the country.

He highlights his experience as a Marine and as Alaska's attorney general and Natural Resources commissioner.

Source: Associated Press AdWatch on 2014 Alaska Senate race , Feb 14, 2014

Website and campaign refuse to spell out issue positions

Sullivan refused to talk to reporters about issues after he announced his candidacy three months ago. Even today, Sullivan's website has no section spelling out his positions. That will come soon, said Sullivan's campaign spokesman: "We're rebranding our website and we'll have an issues section up there real soon."

The Alaska Democratic Party has blasted the aloofness, issuing press releases laying out a laundry list of federal issues it says the candidates haven't addressed. The "Treadwell/Sullivan issue tracker" wonders where the hopefuls stand on nearly 20 issues, everything from privatizing Social Security to permanent reauthorization of the Indian Health Service.

But there's still seven months until the Aug. 19 primary vote, plenty of time to explore issues. In the forum, both Republican candidates said they're pro-life, and both attacked ObamaCare and federal overreach, saying they'd fight for less regulation and more economic freedom.

Source: Alaska Dispatch on 2014 Alaska Senate race , Jan 27, 2014

Involved in Alaska state politics since 1990

Originally from Ohio, Sullivan attended Harvard and then Georgetown Law in Washington DC. There he met fellow Harvard grad and future wife, Julie Fate, who was working for Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK). She's the daughter of Hugh and Mary Jane Fate of Fairbanks.

After law school graduation in 1992 came a stint in the Marines, then marriage, kids and Alaska in short succession.Sullivan clerked for judges in Fairbanks and Anchorage from 1997 to 1999, then went into private practice in Anchorage. In 2002, he was named a White House Fellow and the family moved back to DC. The fellowship gave him entry to a National Security Council position under then-adviser Condoleezza Rice. After another active-duty stint from 2004 to 2006, he followed Rice to the Department of State as assistant secretary for business affairs. ln 2009, he returned to Alaska when Gov. Sarah Palin appointed him as attorney general. In Dec. 2010, he moved laterally to become Natural Resources commissioner under Gov. Sean Parnell

Source: Daily News-Miner on 2014 Alaska Senate race , Nov 10, 2013

I am blessed & all Alaskans are blessed

I am a very blessed man--I have my family and many friends with me today. My love of Alaska began over 23 years ago, when I met a beautiful Athabaskan woman named Julie Fate while she was working in Sen. Steven's office.

In addition to Julie's own rich heritage, she showed me the beauty and majesty of our great state when I was a young man. I became part of this wonderful family when Julie and I were married in Fairbanks 19 years ago. Julie and I have been blessed with three amazing daughters-- Meghan, Isabella, and Laurel--who are also here today, representing the future of Alaska.

As Alaskans, we are ALL truly blessed: breathtaking beauty, world-class resources, boundless opportunities, and above all amazing, talented and diverse people. Knowing this, it is hard not to be optimistic about our future in Alaska. Unfortunately, regarding our country, it is another story. Our campaign will bring new energy to Alaska, & new energy to Congress.

Source: 2014 Senate campaign website Sullivan2014.com "Announcement" , Oct 15, 2013

Certify 2020 Presidential election as fully & fairly counted.

Sullivan voted NAY blocking certification of the Electoral vote

Explanation of 1/6/21 Electoral Certification, by Emily Brooks, Washington Examiner:Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Paul Gosar led an objection to counting Electoral College votes from the state of Arizona, the first formal objection to state results in a series of moves that will delay the certification of Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 presidential election over President Trump. Cruz is advocating for an `emergency 10-day audit` of election returns in disputed states. The usually ceremonial joint session of Congress that convenes to count and accept Electoral College votes will be put on hold as the House and Senate separately debate the objection.