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John Sullivan -- Department of Commerce
Deputy Secretary

Before assuming his current position, Mr. Sullivan served as the General Counsel of the Department of Commerce. As the Department’s chief legal officer and Designated Agency Ethics Official, Mr. Sullivan managed the work of over 400 lawyers in the 14 legal offices providing legal advice to all components of the Department. Mr. Sullivan previously served as Deputy General Counsel of the United States Department of Defense following his appointment by Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld in February 2004. In this capacity, he was responsible for all litigation involving the Department and for counsel on major criminal and congressional investigations. He was awarded the Secretary of Defense’s Medal for Exceptional Public Service. Prior to joining the Bush Administration, Mr. Sullivan was a partner in the Supreme Court and Appellate Practice Group of Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP and resident in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, which he joined in 1993. He served as Deputy General Counsel of President George H.W. Bush’s 1992 re-election campaign. In 1991, he was Counselor to Assistant Attorney General J. Michael Luttig in the Office of Legal Counsel of the United States Department of Justice. Mr. Sullivan received his A.B. in History and Political Science from Brown University in 1981 and his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in 1985, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and Book Reviews Editor of the Columbia Law Review. He was a law clerk for Judge John Minor Wisdom of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and for Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter. A member of the District of Columbia and New York bars, Mr. Sullivan is a native of Boston, Massachusetts. He and his wife, Grace Rodriguez, have three children and live in Maryland.

John Sullivan