Richard Sullivan is a partner with State Federal Strategies. Sullivan brings 30 years of a unique combination of policy, legislative and political experience to representation of the nation’s leading corporations and National Associations before Federal and State governmental entities. Sullivan has served in various leadership roles in the Democratic Party and with his broad background in both public policy and electoral politics; Sullivan has had tremendous success in representing corporate and business interests. Sullivan has led federal and state legislative initiatives on technology, financial services, health care and energy related issues. Numerous of his successful advocacy efforts have been highlighted in leading print outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Washington Post.
Sullivan’s past employment positions include counsel to the Majority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives. As counsel to the House majority leader, Sullivan helped the Democratic House leadership formulate and pass their legislative policy agenda. He also served as national finance director for the Democratic National Committee for President Clinton’s re-election campaign in 1996 and as national fundraising director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC).
Sullivan has served at the highest level of volunteer leadership positions in the National Democratic Party. Sullivan served as Senior Advisor to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in 2018 as they successfully regained a Majority in the US House of Representatives. He was elected by the nation’s Democratic Governors to serve as the national Treasurer and Finance chairman for the Democratic Governors Association (DGA). As Treasurer for the DGA, Sullivan played an instrumental role in the 2012 and 2014 elections of Democratic Governors. He also served as Finance chairman for the DSCC in 2001 and Finance chair of the DSCC’s 2000 National Convention. On the Presidential level, Sullivan served as a senior advisor to the Al Gore for President campaign in 2000, as Finance chairman of the 2004 Gephardt for President campaign and on the Finance leadership of the Kerry-Edwards campaign. Sullivan most recently served as National Co-Finance Chairman of the 2016 Hillary Clinton for President campaign. Sullivan is the only known Democratic activist to lead national record-breaking fundraising efforts at all four major Democratic Party Committees (DNC, DSCC, DCCC and DGA).
Sullivan received a B.A. with honors from the University of South Carolina in government affairs and economics and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.