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:
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;
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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: