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John Sullivan

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 1st district
Assumed office 
February 15, 2002
Preceded by Steve Largent

Born January 1, 1965 ( 1965-01-01) (age 45)
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Judy Sullivan
Residence Tulsa
Alma mater Northeastern State University
Occupation real estate broker

John A. Sullivan (born January 1, 1965) is an American politician. He has represented Oklahoma's first congressional district (map) in the United States House of Representatives, based in Tulsa, since 2002.



Sullivan was born in Oklahoma City and graduated from Bishop Kelley High School. He subsequently entered Northeastern State University, where he received a B.B.A. in marketing in 1992. Sullivan is Catholic. He and his wife, Judy Beck, have four children. His oldest, Tommy, plays football for his old high school. In his career, Sullivan was a former realtor who sold 6 houses before entering politics on a platform of tax cuts and less government spending. (see Tulsa World)

Sullivan was a Republican member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1995 to 2002. In 2002, when seven-year incumbent Steve Largent resigned from Congress to focus on his campaign for governor, Sullivan entered the Republican primary for his seat. Incumbent governor Frank Keating's wife, Cathy, was widely expected to win the Republican primary, which was thought to be tantamount to election in this heavily Republican district. Hiring an out of town manager for the Keating campaign set the stage for a few fumbles, which allowed Sullivan to score a surprise upset in the February special election. Later, he won the seat in his own right in the regular election in November and has been reelected three times with no substantive opposition.

Political views

According to the American Conservative Union, Sullivan is among the most conservative members of Congress,[1] expressing views on most issues that place him on the right wing of the Republican Party. He is opposed to all legalized abortion, believes that life begins at conception, and opposes stem cell research on embryonic cells. He has been rated 100% by the Christian Coalition for his views.[2] He is opposed to gun control and has been commended by the National Rifle Association for his position.[3]

Regarding immigration, he is on record as supporting a fence between the US and Mexico or other permanent barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border. Prior to the 2006 Congressional election his campaign staff distributed small placards that explicitly linked immigration from Mexico with threats to U.S. national security. The same campaign literature featured the figure of "20 million illegal aliens in America" and warned that "thousands more [are] coming everyday". During that same campaign Sullivan repeatedly characterized the issue of (illegal) immigration from Mexico as one relating to "national security" and the "war on terror", stating, "Border security is national security...Our way of life in America is precious and must always be protected."[4]

Sullivan voted to make the PATRIOT Act permanent, without any future option for Congressional review or revocation.[5] He supports a constitutional amendment to ban flag burning[6] and wishes to strip the independent judiciary of the ability to decide any question pertaining to the interpretation of the Pledge of Allegiance. He has been rated as 0% by the ACLU on civil rights issues.[7] He also supports continued U.S. military involvement in Iraq and opposed any "rapid troop pullout".[8]

During his first term in Congress, Sullivan voted for President George W. Bush's proposals 100% of the time. Subsequently, he has voted independently of the president only 5% of the time, primarily on immigration issues, where Sullivan is considerably more conservative than the president.[1]

Position on 2008 "Bailout"

On October 3, 2008, Sullivan was one of two Oklahoma Republican Congressman to vote for the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 which created the Troubled Assets Relief Program.[9]

Despite his support of the bill, he also was a proponent of the 2009 Tea Party protests which condemned any bailouts, and even spoke at a rally in Tulsa.[10]

Committee assignments

As of the 111th Congress, John Sullivan is a member of the following committees:


A point of contention during Sullivan's re-election campaign in 2004 was his police record. According to opponent Doug Dodd, Sullivan had been arrested four times in the Tulsa area. Sullivan claimed to have only been arrested once. A review by local media concluded he had at least three arrests:[11][12] for assault and battery of an off-duty police officer in 1982[13] and for public intoxication and disturbing the peace in 1985, while still under-age. His last arrest, at age 27, was due to an outstanding bench warrant issued after he failed to appear in court for a traffic violation.

On May 28, 2009, Rep. Sullivan entered the Betty Ford Center in California to receive treatment for his addiction to alcohol.[14]

Electoral history

Oklahoma's 1st congressional district: Results 2000–2006[15][16]
Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct
2000 Dan Lowe 58,493 29% Steve Largent * 138,528 69% Michael A. Clem Libertarian 2,984 1%
2002 Doug Dodd 50,850 44% John Sullivan 61,694 54% Neil Mavis Independent 1,758 2% *
2002 Doug Dodd 90,649 42% John Sullivan 119,566 56% Joe Cristiano Independent 4,740 2%
2004 Doug Dodd 116,731 38% John Sullivan 187,145 60% John Krymski Independent 7,058 2%
2006 Alan Gentges 56,724 31% John Sullivan 116,920 64% Bill Wortman Independent 10,085 5%
2008 Georgianna Oliver 98,863 34% John Sullivan 193,361 66%
*The first 2002 election was the special election on January 8 to fill the remainder of Steve Largent's term upon his retirement. Write-in and minor candidate notes: David Fares received 388 votes in the 2002 special election.


  1. ^ a b "Associated Press election coverage". Tulsa World. 
  2. ^ "Project Vote Smart". Retrieved 2007-03-09. 
  3. ^ "John Sullian For Congress official website, Second Amendment section". Retrieved 2007-03-09. 
  4. ^ "John Sullian For Congress official website, War on Terror section". Retrieved 2007-03-09. 
  5. ^ "American Library Association". Retrieved 2007-03-09. 
  6. ^ "First Amendment Center". Retrieved 2007-03-09. 
  7. ^ "American Civil Liberties Union National Scorecard". Retrieved 2008-01-17. 
  8. ^ "U. S. Congressman John Sullivan official website". Retrieved 2007-03-09. 
  9. ^ "Bailout Roll Call". 2008-10-03. 
  10. ^ "Congressman Sullivan speaks at Tulsa Tea Party rally". 2009-04-15. 
  11. ^ "Truth Test: Sullivan's Arrest Record In Ads". October 21, 2004. 
  12. ^ Myers, Jim (October 22). "Sullivan ad claims only one arrest on his record". Tulsa World. Retrieved 2006-12-22. 
  13. ^ Myers, Jim (October 24, 2004). "Details emerge about hopeful's arrest record". Tulsa World. Retrieved 2006-12-22. 
  14. ^ "U.S. Rep. John Sullivan checks in to Betty Ford clinic". Tulsa World News. May 29, 2009. 
  15. ^ "Election Statistics". Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Retrieved 2008-01-10. 
  16. ^ "Oklahoma 2002 Midterm election". The Green Papers. Retrieved 2008-01-16. 

External links

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Steve Largent
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 1st congressional district

February 15, 2002 – present


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