Dan Alan Sullivan
|Member of the Arkansas House of Representatives|
from the 53rd district
|Assumed office |
|Preceded by||Homer Lenderman|
|Born||April 15, 1950|
|Spouse(s)||Maria Stewart Sullivan (married 1982)|
|Children||Matthew Stewart Sullivan|
Ann Sullivan Ojeda
|Residence||Jonesboro, Arkansas, U.S.|
|Alma mater||Arkansas State University|
Northeast Missouri State University
|Occupation||Educator, businessman, lobbyist|
Dan Alan Sullivan (born April 15, 1950) is an educator-turned-businessman from Jonesboro, Arkansas, who is a Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives for District 53 in Craighead and Greene counties in the northeastern portion of his state.
Sullivan holds a Bachelor of Education degree, with focus on Science from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, at which he played basketball in the early 1970s for the Arkansas State Indians, known since 2008 as the Red Wolves. He earned a Master of Education degree from Northeast Missouri State University, Kirksville, Missouri (now known as Truman State University). As principal at South Elementary School in Jonesboro, Sullivan suspended an eight-year-old boy for three days after the child pointed a chicken finger at a teacher and said, "Pow, Pow, Pow." Sullivan said that the child had made a threat, which "depends on the tone, the demeanor, and ... the intent. It's not the object in the hand, it’s the thought in the mind." The incident drew national attention.
After a quarter-century in education as a teacher and principal, Sullivan in 2004 joined the staff, with duties also including lobbying, of Ascent Children's Health Services, an entity engaged in children's developmental disorders and mental health care. In 2013, he became the Ascent chief operating officer. Christopher Gardner, Jr. was found dead in a booster seat eight hours after the van arrived at Ascent Children's Health Services in West Memphis, Arkansas. Monday, June 12, 2017. Rep. Sullivan announced his retirement soon afterwards.
Sullivan married Maria Stewart (born July 23, 1950), a native of Monette, Craighead County, Arkansas, in 1982. The couple has two children, Matthew Stewart Sullivan (born 1984 in Memphis, Tennessee), a 2006 graduate of Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri, who played on the golf team, and Ann Sullivan Ojeda. The Sullivans are member of the Southwest Church of Christ in Jonesboro, at which he is an elder or shepherd. They are both active in WolfLife, a ministry on the ASU campus. Mrs. Sullivan is also an ASU graduate.
On November 12, 2013, Sullivan lost a Republican runoff election for the District 21 seat in the Arkansas State Senate to John Cooper, a retiree from American Telephone & Telegraph from Jonesboro, who then won the special election held in January 2014 for the remaining months in the term of the Democrat Paul Bookout of Jonesboro. Bookout resigned from the Senate after the Arkansas Ethics Commission fined him $8,000 for diverting campaign money to personal use. A third candidate in the special Senate race, Charles L. "Chad" Niell (born c. 1961) of Jonesboro, endorsed Sullivan in the runoff against Cooper.
Three months later on May 20, 2014, Sullivan won the regular party nomination for the state House in District 53. He then unseated Democratic incumbent Homer Lenderman of Paragould in the November 4 general election in which Sullivan's party swept most of the offices in Arkansas. Sullivan polled 3,830 votes (52.9 percent) to Lenderman's 3,416 (47.1 percent).
Representative Sullivan is assigned to the legislative committees on: (1) Joint Performance Review, (2) Aging, Children, Youth, Legislative and Military Affairs, (3) Public Health, Welfare and Labor.
In February 2015, Sullivan joined dozens of his fellow Republicans and two Democrats in co-sponsoring legislation submitted by Representative Lane Jean of Magnolia, to reduce unemployment compensation benefits. The measure was promptly signed into law by Governor Asa Hutchinson.
In March 2015, Representative Sullivan proposed legislation to expand concealed carry of weapons in Arkansas to include schools, churches, polling places, bars, and government buildings. It would still be illegal to bring guns to courthouses, jails, airports, and other placed prohibited by federal law. That same month, Sullivan sponsored legislation on the House floor which would have allowed tele-medicine companies to offer services within the state, as now permitted in forty-nine states. The measure lost in the House, forty-one to twenty-one, with two abstentions. According to Sullivan, his bill addressed the performance of "certain primary care activities ... and diagnoses over the phone and over video”. The bill excluded exchanges via email or text messaging and required that physicians in Arkansas make the diagnoses.Stephen Magie, a Democratic representative from Conway, said he opposed Sullivan's measure because some of the providers would not have an established relationship with a patient and lack familiarity with the medical history of the patient.
Sullivan opposes the Common Core State Standards Initiative because he considers the measure state control from Washington, D.C. He has a concealed carry permit. He is pro-life, believes that human life begins with conception, and opposes taxpayer funding of abortion. In contrast, he opposes regulations in the childcare sector. Ironically, a child has died at one of his facilities.
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| Arkansas State Representative
for District 53 (Craighead County)
Dan Alan Sullivan