The Issues

Dan Sullivan was elected in 2014 and sworn in as Alaska’s eighth United States Senator on January 6, 2015. Recognized as one of the Senate’s most effective lawmakers, Sullivan serves on committees critical to Alaska: Armed Services, Commerce, Veterans Affairs, and Environment and Public Works. Senator Sullivan has a distinguished record of military and national security service. He is currently an infantry officer and Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Over the past 25 years, Sullivan has served in a variety of command and staff billets on active duty and in the reserves. He is the only member of the U.S. Senate still serving in the military.

Dan Sullivan was ranked one of the top ten most effective Senators in Washington D.C. by the nonpartisan Center for Effective Lawmaking. As a Colonel in the Marine Corps and the only member of Congress still serving in the military, he knows what it means to be a true leader. He has worked tirelessly with his colleagues on both sides of the aisle, as well as with the Trump administration, to secure big wins for Alaska.

Dan is Getting It Done in Washington:

  • Fighting the COVID-19 pandemic on multiple fronts and making sure Alaska receives its fair share of federal resources to protect the well-being of Alaskans and economically recover from this pandemic
  • Leading the fight to unleash Alaska’s energy potential by opening ANWR and reopening the NPR-A for development
  • Rebuilding our nation’s military, especially in Alaska, after the 25% cuts by the Obama Administration which gutted the readiness of our forces
  • Securing $300 million to fund new water and sewer programs, as well as funding for new ports, harbors and icebreakers to defend America’s interests in the Arctic
  • Confirming an unprecedented 218 federal judges – including two Supreme Court justices – who will defend the Constitution and our written rule of law
  • Protecting our Second Amendment right to bear arms
  • Fighting back against socialist policies like the Green New Deal, which will destroy Alaska’s economy, and opening up access to our lands
  • Passing historic legislation to clean up our oceans
  • Empowering survivors of domestic violence and securing $50 million for public safety in rural Alaska
  • Fighting for Alaska Native communities, subsistence whalers, and the rights of ivory craftsmen
  • Improving medical care for veterans and their families by increasing the number of doctors, staff and facilities in Alaska’s VA hospitals
  • Holding foreign governments, like China, accountable when they don’t play by the rules

The COVID-19 virus rapidly spread across the world, disrupting life for Alaskans all across our state. This pandemic is one of the most significant crises our nation has ever faced, from both an economic and a public health standpoint. That’s why Dan Sullivan continues to fight COVID on multiple fronts, working with the Alaska delegation, state, and local officials to ensure the health and safety of Alaskans while restoring economic stability.

Dan is Fighting for Alaska;

  • Passing the historic Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and. Economic Security Act (CARES) and subsequent legislation resulting in more than $3 trillion in coronavirus relief with billions to Alaskan families, small businesses, Native communities, and front-line healthcare workers
  • Providing direct cash payments to Alaskan families and workers through individual checks and tax relief provisions
  • Securing thousands of loans and over $2 billion of relief for small businesses through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
  • Fighting to ensure Alaska’s seasonal small businesses would be made eligible for maximum PPP loan relief
  • Establishing a fund for $300 million in direct relief funding to support our fishing communities
  • Leading the fight in close coordination with the Trump Administration to end the price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia to stabilize the global energy market and help expedite a strong future for Alaska’s energy workers
  • Authorizing surge funding to healthcare providers – over $100 billion to ensure frontline workers have the resources and support they need
  • Prioritizing the search for a vaccine and antivirals – a $10 billion “Manhattan Project” to research new treatments and medication
  • Advocating for a surge of testing for Alaskans throughout the state to help our well-being and economic recovery

Dan is a Colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve and the only member of the Senate still serving in the military. He knows firsthand how crucial the military is to our state and to the security of our country. As the member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support, Dan directly oversees the rebuilding of our nation’s military. He successfully fought to reverse the Obama administration’s drastic military cuts, which left our servicemembers and their families underfunded and unprepared to respond to threats. Colonel Sullivan has worked hard to get Alaska’s military back on the right track.

Dan is Strengthening Alaska’s Military:

  • Securing over $1.4 billion in new military construction for Alaska, which help unleash a jobs boom throughout our state
  • Authorizing much-needed pay raises for our troops
  • Successfully fighting for two new squadrons of 5th generation F-35A fighters to be stationed at Eielson Air Force base
  • Dramatically upgrading the missile detection and defense system at Fort Greely and Clear Air Force Station to provide cutting edge missile defense against foreign threats to Alaska and our nation
  • Stopping the Obama Administration’s attempt to eliminate the U.S.’s only expeditionary force trained to operate in both the Pacific and Arctic – Alaska’s very own 5,000 member strong 4/25 Brigade Combat Team – which now stands at the frontlines of defense
  • Homeporting new Coast Guard ships throughout Southeast Alaska and Kodiak with over $100 million in new infrastructure and reversing the Coast Guard’s original plan to remove ships from our state
  • Authorizing new polar class icebreakers for the Coast Guard to modernize our operational capabilities
  • Securing provisions for the designation of a new strategic Arctic port in Alaska

The federal government controls over 60% of land in Alaska. Previous administrations have attempted to seize even more control of our state, preventing us from hunting, fishing, and developing on our lands. That’s why Dan is committed to pushing back against federal overreach and protecting our access to federal lands. Dan has fought to ensure that the federal government makes good on its promise of statehood and ANILCA (the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act). He believes the federal government should be our partner, not a roadblock to our success.

Dan is Restoring Our Access to Federal Lands:

  • Reversing the Obama Administration’s attempt to lock down Alaska’s control of federal lands by determining the appropriate scope of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule in the Clean Water Act
  • Securing an exemption to the Clinton-era Roadless Rule in the Tongass
  • Making progress towards the construction of the lifesaving King Cove Road – a bipartisan goal Alaskans have sought for decades
  • Protecting Alaska’s hunting and fishing rights by nullifying two different Obama Administration regulations solely targeting Alaska that would have allowed the federal government to control wildlife management in our state
  • Transferring federal lands back to local communities and Alaska Native organizations throughout the state
  • Leading the effort in Congress to weigh in with the U.S. Supreme Court in the historic Sturgeon series of cases to highlight Alaskan’s unique right to access our federal lands

As Commissioner of Alaska’s Department of Natural Resources, Dan led the charge to unleash Alaska’s energy potential and America’s energy dominance. He knows that responsible resource development is critical to the livelihoods of tens of thousands of Alaskans. That’s why in the Senate he’s fought back against job-killing policies like the Green New Deal, to ensure we can harness our energy and create jobs, prosperity and security. This leadership role and experience is more important than ever as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dan’s Work to Re-energize Alaska:

  • Successfully opening the 1002 Area of ANWR for development, an issue that was tied up in Congress for over 40 years
  • Reopening the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A) to responsible exploration and development after the Obama Administration’s illegal efforts to shut down the NPR-A
  • Reversing the Clinton-era Roadless Rule to allow for timber harvests, mineral development, and the construction of energy projects
  • Ensuring the timely regulatory approval of widely supported, strategic economic development projects like Donlin Creek Mine and several North Slope development projects
  • Ensuring that Alaskans serve in senior positions in the Trump Administration to help our economic future
  • Leading the fight against National Democrats’ irrational hostility towards energy development, oil and gas workers, miners, and their families, especially in Alaska
  • Calling out and fighting against financial institutions that discriminate against Alaska energy development projects and the communities and workers that support them

As a member of the Senate Commerce Committee and co-chair of the Oceans Caucus, Dan has worked hard to improve Alaska’s fisheries and ensure our state is the Superpower of Seafood. Alaska’s coastal communities and fishing industry are a cornerstone of our state’s economy. That’s why Dan has expanded the international market for Alaska seafood, fought to combat illegal fishing, stood up to world leaders whose transboundary mines pollute our waters, and secured investments for the next generation of fishermen and women.

Dan is Bolstering Alaska’s Fisheries:

  • Securing over $50 million in direct economic assistance for Alaska fishermen that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19
  • Increasing the sustainability of Alaskan fisheries by fighting the ocean debris crisis through the Save Our Seas Act 1.0 and 2.0
  • Ensuring that our fisheries and opening markets for them is a top trade priority in all U.S. trade agreements, including the USMCA (United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement) and the China trade agreement
  • Working with the Trump administration to secure exemptions for tariffs imposed on our Alaska salmon – keeping $250 million in the pockets of Alaskan fisheries
  • Mandating that all fish used in the National School Lunch Program be caught and processed in the United States, which closed a loophole favoring Russian-caught fish
  • Investing in the next generation of fishermen and women to ensure that they are properly trained and adequately prepared for future industry demands
  • Combatting illegal fishing in our waters to ensure that perpetrators are held accountable for their actions
  • Permanently fixing a misguided and overburdensome regulation, in place for over a decade, that required Alaska fishermen to get EPA permits for even the most basic activity, including vessel deck run-off and hosing out fish holds

Dan has been a steadfast advocate for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault since he was Alaska’s Attorney General and spearheaded our state’s comprehensive “Choose Respect” strategy. He continues to lead on these issues in the Senate. He has introduced and co-sponsored numerous laws that help survivors receive more legal services, protect workers from sexual harassment, keep our children safe from sex trafficking, and spread awareness about domestic violence and sexual assault. Dan knows that we have to come together as a state – and as a nation – to fundamentally change the culture surrounding domestic violence and sexual assault, so we can realize our true potential.

Dan is Advocating for Survivors and Victims:

  • Bringing the “Choose Respect” campaign to the nation to ensure survivors receive legal representation and that their perpetrators are held accountable
  • Securing pro bono legal services for thousands of survivors through the Pro Bono Work to Empower and Represent (POWER) Act – which Dan authored and was signed into law
  • Keeping our children safe from trafficking through the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA), which targets websites and online organizations that facilitate sex trafficking and holds them accountable for their crimes
  • Empowering federal prosecutors to work with state officials to prosecute criminals who traffic youth across state lines through the Mann Act Cooperation Act – which Dan authored and was signed into law
  • Protecting those who put their life on the line to by supporting legislation that makes reporting crimes of abuse easier for military members
  • Authored the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Sexual Harassment & Prevention Act which became law in 2017, that required NOAA to establish broad-based policies to include survivor advocacy, support programs, and specific procedures to prevent harassment for NOAA’s over 12,000 employees

Millions of tons of plastic waste seep into the oceans every year. This harmful plastic enters the marine food chain, threatens wildlife, and washes up on our shores. Alaska is home to more coastline than the rest of the United States combined. For Alaskans, the ocean is our garden, yet the growing problem of plastic pollution threatens our ability to provide for ourselves. Dan believes that the problem of marine debris is solvable. As a member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works he has led the bipartisan charge to clean up our oceans.

Dan is Working to Clean Up Our Oceans:

  • Introducing the Save Our Seas Act – which was signed into law by President Trump. This law strengthens the federal response to marine debris disasters and bolsters government coordination in stemming the tide of ocean trash.
  • Pressing forward with the Save Our Seas Act 2.0, which passed unanimously and is considered the most comprehensive ocean clean up legislation to pass the Senate
  • Reducing the creation of plastic waste and finding uses for plastic waste that already exists to keep it from entering our seas
  • Spurring innovation through a “genius prize” to address the problem on a worldwide scale with the Save Our Seas Act 2.0.
  • Working to shut down and clean up transboundary mining pollution in Southeast Alaska by pressing senior Canadian officials, including Prime Minister Trudeau, on their responsibility to keep the waters of Southeast Alaska pristine. After numerous Sullivan-led meetings and pressure from top U.S. State Department officials, the Canadians are finally taking action
  • Successfully advocating with the Trump Administration senior officials to include ocean clean-up responsibilities in new trade agreements like the USMCA

Our nation’s infrastructure is in serious disrepair. What’s even more startling is the lack of basic infrastructure right here at home in Alaska – like roads, bridges, ports, runways and basic clean water and sewer systems for many of our villages. Alaska is a resource rich but infrastructure poor state. Projects take years to simply permit, let alone build. These delays – often the result of lengthy legal fights by extreme environmental groups – not only stunt economic activity and growth, but they also prevent Alaska communities from developing jobs. As a member of the Senate Commerce and Environment and Public Works Committees, Dan is fighting to bring Alaska’s infrastructure into the 21st century.

Dan is Working to Build Up Alaska:

  • Securing $2.6 billion for Alaska in infrastructure investments for highway construction and repair
  • Fighting for funding to repair existing ports and harbors, construct new ports across Alaska, and finally get federal agencies focused on a new deep-water port in the Arctic
  • Authorizing hundreds of millions of dollars in funding for airport infrastructure and safety improvements
  • Working with the Trump administration to secure $45 million in grants for improvements to the Port of Alaska
  • Authorizing a $300 million program to improve basic water and sewer services in rural Alaska with a new federal program focused on disadvantaged communities
  • Successfully advocating for $1 billion Federal Communications Committee, an “Alaska Plan” to expand throughout rural Alaska

With more veterans per capita than any other state in the country, Alaska is the home of heroes. Dan believes that our veterans deserve to get the care that they have earned. That’s why he has been laser-focused on reforming and improving Alaska’s VA health care through his work on the VA Mission Act. These changes resulted in Alaska being recognized by the national VA as the most improved in-patient experience in 2018.

Dan is Fighting for Our Veterans:

  • Strengthening access through the VA MISSION Act to provide quality, timely care to veterans and to expand coverage eligibility to veterans of all generations
  • Increasing the number of doctors and staff and expanding VA facilities and outpatient clinics throughout the state
  • Helping veterans receive faster care decisions by updating the claims appeals process through the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act
  • Protecting veterans who receive poor quality of care by making it easier to remove VA employees who are inadequately serving veterans
  • Ensuring veterans will always have their benefits through Forever G.I. Bill Legislation, which eliminates the 15-year expiration date for veterans to use their benefits
  • Supporting suicide prevention for veterans by ensuring that providers have the resources they need to properly care for veterans with mental health concerns
  • Fulfilling the government’s promise to Vietnam-era Alaska Native veterans through the Alaska Native Veterans Land Allotment Equity Act, by ensuring that veterans or their heirs receive the land allotments they were promised prior to their service

Dan believes that rural Alaska is the very soul of our state. That’s why he has advocated tirelessly for Alaska Native communities and secured big wins for rural Alaska. He’s obtained critical funding for new water and sewer infrastructure improvements, worked to facilitate critical land transfers, secured $50 million to improve rural public safety, and provided increased benefits for Alaska Native Veterans.

Dan is Advancing the Interests of Alaska Natives:

  • Securing a historic investment in our Native communities with an $8 billion fund within the CARES Act to assist tribes, Alaska regional and village corporation to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Bolstering water and sewer infrastructure by authorizing over $300 million in federal funding for communities lacking basic water and waste services
  • Protecting the right of Alaska Natives to whale by securing an automatic renewal of subsistence whaling quotas
  • Strengthening public safety in rural Alaska through legislation focused on providing free legal services to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence
  • Protecting the right of Alaska Natives to hunt whales by securing an automatic renewal of subsistence whaling quotas
  • Securing historic funding – $50 million from the Department of Justice -- to bolster public safety initiatives and address the law enforcement emergency in Alaska
  • Fulfilling the government’s promise to Vietnam-era Alaska Native veterans through Dan’s bill, the Alaska Native Veterans Land Allotment Equity Act, which ensured that veterans or their heirs receive the land allotments they were promised prior to their service
  • Transferring lands from federal ownership back to rural communities, tribes, and Alaska Native corporations
  • Making power more affordable and reliable for Alaska villages by passing legislation that fixes burdensome regulations on rural generators that dramatically increased the cost of energy in our village
  • Amending the federal 8(a) contracting law to prohibit discrimination against Alaska Native Corporations and provide more economic opportunity for their shareholders
  • Calling out and fighting back against National Democrats like Senate Majority leader Chuck Schumer, who openly attack Alaska Native organizations, leaders, and economic opportunities

The COVID-19 pandemic has suddenly and dramatically undermined the economic vitality of our state with thousands of Alaskans losing their jobs in critical sectors of our economy like resource development, tourism, hospitality, retail, and fishing.

Dan believes we can and will bounce back with the help of pro-economic, resource development, and jobs growth policies that he has fought for throughout his entire career. He also knows from first-hand experience that the anti-Alaska agenda of National Democrats – should they regain majority control of the U.S. Senate – will kill jobs and economic growth, while hurting Alaskan families for years to come.

Dan continues to work hard to shape federal policies to provide relief to Alaska’s families, workers, and small businesses in every sector of our economy.

Dan is Revitalizing Alaska’s Economy:

  • Providing relief to Alaska families, small business and their employees through critical provisions within the CARES Act.
  • Securing roughly $1.4 billion in funding for new military construction across the state
  • Fighting to include multiple Alaska-first provisions in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) that ensure our fisheries are a principal negotiating priority in future trade agreements
  • Slashing red tape and speeding up the permitting process for new infrastructure development to create new jobs
  • Leading the energy renaissance by reopening the NPR-A and opening ANWR for responsible resource development
  • Repealing negative aspects of Obamacare that placed a lofty financial burden on thousands of Alaskans
  • Acquiring authorization for the construction of new harbors and ports across the state
  • Defending against national policies that would increase taxes on hardworking Alaskans

Senator Sullivan is committed to ensuring that all Alaskans have access to effective, affordable healthcare. He’s fought hard to protect patients with pre-existing conditions, repeal the negative aspects of Obamacare, and reform the VA healthcare system in Alaska to drastically improve the quality of care for our nation’s veterans and their families.

Dan is Advocating for the Health of Alaskans:

  • Championing a surge of new investments for vaccines, medical professionals and frontline workers, including billions in new resources to fight COVID-19 and support providers and hospitals during this pandemic.
  • Fighting against Medicare-for-All, a radical policy that would drastically increase taxes, prevent Alaskans from choosing their own healthcare, confiscate health coverage from two-thirds of Alaskans and Americans who are currently covered by their employer-based plans
  • Reauthorizing the Children’s Health Insurance Program (Denali KidCare) for ten years to ensure that women and children from low income families have access to medical services like dental care and routine checkups
  • Repealing the Cadillac Tax, an Obamacare provision that caused healthcare costs for Alaskans to skyrocket
  • Working to provide resources to public health professionals to better understand and fight Alzheimer’s
  • Protecting Alaskans from predatory surprise medical bills that unfairly increase healthcare expenses and enriches insurance companies and unscrupulous doctors
  • Leading efforts to combat the nationwide opioid epidemic by raising public awareness of this crisis, increasing access to patient treatment centers, and providing more resources to medical professionals on the frontlines of addiction
  • Dramatically expanding funding for community health centers and the Alaska Native healthcare system in order to ensure more healthcare resources and services for Alaskans living in our rural communities

Senator Sullivan fundamentally believes that today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders. As Alaska’s Senator, Dan Sullivan has worked hard to empower state and local authorities and find sustainable solutions to provide high-quality education for all Alaskans. Seeing his wife Julie serve as a PTSA president for over six years, Senator Sullivan also understands the importance of engaged parents and the role they play in their children’s success. Time and time again, Senator Sullivan has worked hard to invest in the education and future of young Alaskans.

Dan is Investing in a Bright Future for Students:

  • Providing emergency support to teachers, schools and colleges during the COVID-19 pandemic through a multi-billion increase to Education Stabilization Fund.
  • Enacting the Enacting the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to empower school districts, parents, and local authority with the ability to get rid of burdensome federal mandates which inhibited academic success for our students and put unnecessary roadblocks in front of educators
  • Extending the Secure Rural Schools program, providing greater fiscal certainty for many local governments across our state, and honoring the federal government’s commitment for another two years
  • Reauthorizing the Children’s Health Insurance Program (Denali KidCare) to ensure that children whose parents cannot afford health insurance have access to medical services like dental care and routine checkups
  • Supporting funding for the Alaska Native Equity Program, which provides supplemental education programs for Alaska Native schoolchildren across the state
  • Preventing foreign caught fish from being served to students in the National School Lunch Program
  • Reauthorizing the E-Rate program, to ensure students from working-class and rural neighborhoods can connect to and be afforded all of the opportunities given to students from more affluent communities