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Mike Sullivan

In office
January 7, 1987 – January 7, 1995
Preceded by Edgar J. Herschler
Succeeded by Jim Geringer

In office
October 22, 1998 – June 20, 2001
Appointed by Bill Clinton
Preceded by Jean Kennedy Smith
Succeeded by Richard J. Egan

Born September 22, 1939 (1939-09-22) (age 70)
Omaha, Nebraska
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Jane Metzler Sullivan
Profession Attorney
Religion Roman Catholicism

Michael John Sullivan, known as Mike Sullivan (born September 22, 1939, in Omaha, Nebraska) was the 29th Governor of Wyoming, having served from 19871995.

His father, J. B. Sullivan, moved the family to Douglas, to open a law practice. Mike Sullivan graduated from Douglas High School as the class salutatorian. He continued his education at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, where he earned a bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering and then a law degree.

Sullivan practiced law with the firm of Brown, Drew, Apostolos, Massey, and Sullivan for twenty years and then ran for governor in 1986. He was Governor of Wyoming from 1987 to 1995. In his 1990 reelection, he defeated the rancher and businesswoman Mary Hansen Mead of Jackson, daughter of former Republican Governor and U.S. Senator Clifford P. Hansen. Sullivan received 104,638 votes (65.4 percent) to her 55,471 ballots (34.6 percent). In the general election, Mead polled only 4,311 more votes than she had in her closed primary. Hence, she was unable to reach beyond her base of support within the GOP.

Sullivan ran for the U.S. Senate in 1994, but lost 59-39% to then-Representative Craig L. Thomas, largely due to the Republican wave of 1994.

Four years after his governorship ended, Sullivan was appointed U.S. Ambassador to Ireland by President Clinton, a post he held from 1999 to 2001.[1]

Sullivan is currently a partner at the Casper office of the law firm of Rothgerber, Johnson, & Lyons.[2]

See also

Political offices
Preceded by
Edgar J. Herschler
Governor of Wyoming
Succeeded by
Jim Geringer



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