Here's biographical information the governor's office put out today on Daniel S. Sullivan, her new choice for attorney general. It's followed by his official biography from the State Department Website.
Background Information on Alaska Attorney General Daniel S. Sullivan
Sullivan graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1987, earning a bachelor’s degree in economics. He was a Harvard College scholar, a designation awarded to students with a 3.5 GPA or higher, during each of his four years at Harvard, and was awarded a Rotary Foundation Scholarship upon graduation.
Sullivan graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center, earning a Juris Doctor and Masters of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) joint degree in 1993. He was a member and articles editor on the Georgetown Law Journal, awarded to first-year students in the top 4 percent of their class, and a contributing author to the Georgetown Criminal Procedure Project – one of the country’s most respected annual surveys of criminal procedure. He received the MSFS Award for Academic Excellence, awarded to students with a 3.8 GPA or higher. He was also awarded the Ford Foundation Fellowship for the Study of Public International Law.
During his final year at Georgetown, Sullivan worked as law clerk/intern for Judge James L. Buckley on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit – generally recognized as the second most important court in the United States.
Alaska Law Background
Sullivan is one of a select number of Alaska attorneys who has held judicial clerkships on both the highest state and highest federal courts in Alaska. He was a judicial law clerk for Judge Andrew Kleinfeld of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Fairbanks from 1997-98, and was a judicial law clerk for Chief Justice Warren Matthews of the Alaska Supreme Court in Anchorage from 1998-99. As a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and Alaska Supreme court law clerk, Sullivan analyzed appellate cases, conducted extensive legal research, wrote bench memoranda for Chief Justice Matthews, Judge Kleinfeld and the other justices and judges on the bench, and helped draft published opinions on some of the most important state and federal legal issues facing Alaska. These judicial clerkships have provided Sullivan with insights into and a deep respect for the Alaska legal system, its judges and public officials. He also served briefly as an appellate court staff attorney on the Alaska Court of Appeals, which focuses on criminal cases.
In 2000, Sullivan joined the Anchorage office of Perkins, Coie, LLP, one of the largest law firms in the Pacific Northwest. His practice focused on corporate transactions and commercial litigation, and he represented a variety of clients, including Alaska small businesses and Native corporations. He has been a member of the Alaska Bar Association since 2000.
Alaska Community Service
As an attorney in Alaska, Sullivan was appointed by the mayor of Anchorage to serve as vice chairman of the Anchorage Public Facilities Commission, which was responsible for holding public hearings and advising city officials on the financial, operational and long-term planning of Anchorage’s major public facilities, including convention centers and sports arenas. He also served on the Anchorage Veterans Affairs Commission, which was responsible for holding public hearings and advising city government officials on policies affecting Anchorage’s substantial population of veterans.
Sullivan has been a member of the School Advisory Committee of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seaton School, where his children attended grade school. He also was active for several years with Alaska’s Toys for Tots Foundation, a community program involving active duty and reserve Marines and dozens of other volunteers who collect and distribute thousands of toys throughout the state for low-income families during the holiday season. He served as a member of Advocates for Harvard ROTC and in 2001 published an article in the “My Turn” column of Newsweek criticizing elite universities for their discriminatory treatment of the U.S. military. His article helped reignite a national public debate on the issue.
Service at the White House
In response to the September 11th terrorist attacks on the United States, Sullivan applied for and was awarded a White House Fellowship – one of only three Alaskans to have been selected for this honor. In July 2002, he left private law practice in Anchorage and moved to Washington, D.C., to serve as a director in the International Economics Directorate of the National Security Council (NSC) and National Economic Council (NEC) staffs at the White House. In this capacity, he advised the president, the national security advisor and the NEC chairman on international economic and security issues, also assisting them with preparations for international economic meetings, such as the Group of Eight (G8) Summit, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit, the U.S.-EU Summit and the Summit of the Americas. .
Sullivan also led coordination among U.S. government agencies on the formulation and execution of international economic policies, particularly those focused on trade. He worked and traveled extensively with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick, a Bush administration cabinet member, as part of his multilateral and bilateral negotiating team. Sullivan’s work at the White House ended in December 2004, when he was recalled to active duty by the United States Marine Corps.
Service as U.S. Assistant Secretary of State
In April 2006, while still on active duty with the Marines, Sullivan was nominated by the president to serve as the assistant secretary of state for economic, energy and business affairs. He was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate for this position in May 2006 and served until January 2009. In this role, he served as a senior advisor to the secretary and other top U.S. government officials on the formulation and execution of international economic, energy, trade, finance, transportation, telecommunications and Arctic policies.
He led and managed the 200-employee State Department Bureau of Economic, Energy, and Business Affairs. He was responsible for managing six different sub-bureaus covering the following policy areas: (1) energy security, sanctions and efforts against terrorist financing; (2) international trade, investment and intellectual property rights; (3) international finance, debt relief and development; (4) international telecommunications; (5) international transportation; and (6) advocacy for U.S. businesses and the private sector abroad.
Much of Sullivan’s work focused on international energy issues. He served as the U.S. Governing Board member for the Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA) – the world’s premier energy security organization. He and the State Department bureau he led worked closely with the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects in advancing the Alaska gas pipeline. His bureau also had regulatory responsibility for cross-border permitting of petroleum pipelines in North America.
Sullivan developed, negotiated and helped to implement numerous international energy initiatives, including: a $10 billion annual G8 commitment to invest in clean energy R&D; a G8 commitment to reduce and eliminate global tariffs on clean energy technology goods and services; the U.S.-Brazil Western Hemisphere bio-fuels partnership; International Energy Agency (IEA) initiatives to deepen China and India’s cooperation with the IEA; and a comprehensive U.S. Eurasian/Caspian energy security strategy that included the establishment of a special presidential envoy. He strengthened U.S.-Canadian energy ties as the co-chair of the U.S.-Canadian Energy Consultative Group.
Sullivan led, oversaw, and was responsible for several complex international negotiations of strategic importance to the United States. He served as the primary negotiator for the president at the G8 summits, as well for the Western Hemisphere “Pathways to Prosperity” economic integration initiative. Additionally, he was responsible for overseeing the following: aviation liberalization agreements, including those with the European Union, China, Japan and Australia; Bilateral Investment Treaty negotiations, including those with China and India; global telecommunications and internet governance agreements; “Paris Club” sovereign debt-relief negotiations and agreements, including those that resulted in significant debt reduction for Iraq, Afghanistan and Liberia; and economic and energy agreements at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the International Energy Agency.
Leadership on Issues Affecting Alaska
In addition to focusing on global energy issues, Sullivan played an important role on a number of other issues directly affecting Alaska, including an updated National Security Policy Directive (NSPD) on U.S. Arctic strategy. He helped ensure that the new NSPD strategy focused on all of the core issues relating to the Arctic, including: developing the region’s vast resources; protecting the environment; promoting safe, secure and reliable transportation; and respecting the culture and way of life of indigenous peoples. He worked closely with the White House, the chairman of the Arctic Research Commission, and Alaska’s congressional delegation (particularly Senator Murkowski’s office) to ensure enactment of this important strategy at the end of 2008.
Sullivan was also a strong advocate in government meetings, congressional testimony and public speeches on the importance of U.S. accession to the Law of the Sea Convention. His leadership on working to open markets overseas, including those for aviation services, stands to significantly benefit Alaska exporters and aviation service providers.
U.S. Military Service
Sullivan has served in the United States Marine Corps since 1993 on active duty and in the reserves as an infantry and reconnaissance officer, including with Second Battalion, Fifth Marines at Camp Pendleton, California, and for several years with Anchorage-based Echo Company, Fourth Reconnaissance Battalion – the Marine Corps Reserve's premier cold weather reconnaissance unit. He has held a wide variety of billets, including 81mm mortar platoon commander, weapons company executive officer, and commander of a search-and-rescue unit deployed as part of a three-ship special operations Marine Expeditionary Unit. He also served as an overseas faculty member with Central Texas College, teaching college courses on U.S. foreign policy and criminal justice to Marines on deployment and at Camp Pendleton.
In the past four years, Sullivan has been recalled to active duty twice: in January 2009 to help draft a regional strategy report for Commander of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) General David Petraeus; and from December 2004 until April 2006 to serve as a strategic advisor to CENTCOM Commander General John Abizaid. During this period, Sullivan spent substantial time deployed in the CENTCOM theater of operations and was responsible for drafting the 2006 CENTCOM “Posture Statement” with General Abizaid, which provides strategic guidance for subordinate commanders as they conduct military operations in the CENTCOM area of operations.
Sullivan has completed training at the following U.S. military schools and courses: USMC Officer Candidate School; USMC Basic Officer School; USMC Infantry Officer Course; USMC Amphibious Reconnaissance School; USMC Mountain Reconnaissance Course; U.S. Army Airborne School; Navy-Marine Corps Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) School; USMC Marine Air Ground Task Force Intelligence School; and USMC Expeditionary Warfare Staff Planning Course.
Awards and Honors
Sullivan is the recipient of numerous professional, academic, and military awards, including the White House Fellowship, the National Security Council Outstanding Service Award, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce Ten Outstanding Young Americans Award.
Sullivan, 44, was born in Fairview Park, Ohio. He has been married for almost 15 years to Julie Fate Sullivan of Fairbanks, who is a Doyon shareholder. They have three daughters, two of whom were born in Anchorage. After Sullivan left active duty service with the Marine Corps in 1997, they moved to Alaska and have owned a home in Anchorage since 2000.
Here's his official biography from the State Department Website:
Daniel S. Sullivan
Bureau of Economic, Energy and Business Affairs
Term of Appointment: 06/06/2006 to 01/20/2009
Mr. Sullivan serves as the Assistant Secretary for Economic, Energy and Business Affairs. The Bureau he leads is responsible for overseeing work on international trade and investment policy; international finance, development, and debt policy; economic sanctions and combating terrorist financing; international energy security policy; international telecommunications and transportation policies; and support for U.S. businesses and the private sector overseas.
Nominated by President Bush on April 24, 2006, Mr. Sullivan was unanimously confirmed by the Senate on May 26, 2006, and was sworn in as Assistant Secretary on June 6, 2006. Mr. Sullivan came to the State Department from the National Security Council/National Economic Council Staff at the White House where he served as a Director and Acting Senior Director in the International Economics Directorate. He focused on international trade and intellectual property rights issues, as well as international economic summits, including the G-8, Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), and the Summit of the Americas. A Marine Corps infantry and reconnaissance officer, Mr. Sullivan was recalled from the reserves to active duty service from January 2005 until April 2006 and served as a Strategic Advisor and Special Assistant to the Commander of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), spending substantial time deployed in the CENTCOM theater of operations.
Before joining the Bush Administration, Mr. Sullivan practiced business and corporate law with Perkins Coie, LLP. He also served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Andrew Kleinfeld, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and to Chief Justice Warren Matthews of the Alaska Supreme Court.
Mr. Sullivan graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University earning a bachelors degree in Economics and graduated cum laude from Georgetown University earning a J.D./Master of Science in Foreign Service joint degree, focusing on law, international economics, and national security studies. He is the recipient of numerous professional, military, and academic awards, including the National Security Council Outstanding Service Award, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce Ten Outstanding Young Americans Award, and the White House Fellowship.