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Thomas Michael Sullivan -- Small Business Administration
Chief Counsel for Advocacy, Small Business Administration

Thomas M. Sullivan, the U.S. Small Business Administration’s fifth Chief Counsel for Advocacy, represents a new generation of small business leadership. Nominated by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, he is charged with independently advancing the views, concerns and interests of small business before Congress, the White House, federal regulatory bodies, and state policy makers. Congress created the Office of Advocacy in 1976 to serve as the watchdog for small business within the federal government. Last year the office helped save America’s small businesses over $6.6 billion in money they would have spent attempting to comply with federal regulations. President Bush announced his Small Business Plan in 2002, which named as key priorities strengthening the Office of Advocacy and "giving small businesses a voice in the complex and confusing federal regulatory process." On August 13, 2002, the President signed Executive Order 13272, designed to direct federal agency attention to regulatory impacts on small firms. As Chief Counsel, Tom heads a team of attorneys and economists who work to remove regulatory barriers to entrepreneurial growth, conduct economic research, and publish data on small businesses’ contributions to the economy. Through the Office of Advocacy, Tom is working to elevate small business’ visibility within all levels of government. Sullivan’s education to small business can be traced to his previous work experience, most recently as the Executive Director of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Legal Foundation, which provides guidance on legal issues to small businesses and promotes a pro small business agenda in the nation’s courts. Named by Fortune Small Business magazine as one of the "Power 30 most influential folks in Washington" in September 2000, he was described as "an affable lawyer…respected by regulators for his well researched positions on issues affecting small business." Inc. magazine named Sullivan, “an entrepreneur’s best friend in Washington, DC” in 2006. Tom Sullivan received his law degree from Suffolk University in Boston, MA and his undergraduate degree in English from Boston College. He is admitted to both the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court.

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