Dan Sullivan was sworn in as Alaska’s eighth United States Senator on January 6, 2015. Sullivan serves on four Senate committees vital to Alaska: the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee; the Armed Services Committee; the Environment and Public Works Committee; and the Veterans’ Affairs Committee. Sullivan also currently serves as the chairman of the International Republican Institute. Prior to his election to the US Senate, Sullivan served as Alaska’s attorney general and commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources. During his tenure he spearheaded a comprehensive statewide strategy – the “Choose Respect” campaign – to combat Alaska’s high rates of domestic violence and sexual assault. Under Sullivan’s leadership, the Department of Law also undertook an aggressive strategy of initiating and intervening in litigation aimed at halting federal government overreach into the lives of Alaskans and their economy. As commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Sullivan managed one of the largest portfolios of oil, gas, minerals, renewable energy, timber, land, and water in the world. Working closely with Alaska’s governor and state legislature, Sullivan developed numerous strategies that spurred responsible resource development, energy security, and a dramatic increase in good-paying jobs across a number of critical sectors in the Alaska economy. He also developed a comprehensive plan to streamline and reform the state’s regulatory and permitting system. Sullivan served in the administration of President George W. Bush as the US assistant secretary of state for economic, energy, and business under Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. He also served as a director in the International Economics Directorate of the National Security Council staff at the White House. Sullivan earned a BA in economics from Harvard University in 1987 and a joint law and masters of science in foreign service from Georgetown University in 1993.