Bush chooses attorney with Alaska ties for economic and business affairs job

Posted: Wednesday, April 19, 2006

FAIRBANKS - An attorney with Alaska ties is the choice of President Bush to be assistant secretary of state for economic and business affairs.

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Bush will nominate Daniel S. Sullivan for the job.

Sullivan, a major in the Marine Corps, is on military leave from the National Security Council, according to the administration. Sullivan recently finished work as an assistant to the commander of the U.S. Central Command in Florida.

At the White House, Sullivan was a director in the International Economics Directorate for both the security council and the National Economic Council.

In Alaska, Sullivan worked as a law clerk to 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Andrew Kleinfeld of Fairbanks and to Alaska Supreme Court Justice Warren Matthews. He also worked as an associate at Perkins Coie in Anchorage.

Sullivan is married to the former Julie Fate, daughter of former state Rep. Hugh Fate and Mary Jane Fate, a former member of the University of Alaska Board of Regents.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, praised the nomination.

"I have known Dan and his family for many years," she said. "His knowledge of Alaska is likely to help us achieve our goals on many issues related to international trade and business development. As a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, I look forward to having the opportunity to introduce him at his confirmation hearing."

Bush in 2002 appointed Sullivan to one of 13 White House fellowships. The yearlong fellowships provide participants with "firsthand, high-level experience" in government and are awarded "based on a record of remarkable professional achievement early in a career," according to the White House.

Sullivan earned a law degree and master's degree in foreign service from Georgetown University in 1993. Sullivan is originally from Cleveland.

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