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John Sullivan -- Department of Commerce
General Counsel

John J. Sullivan serves as the General Counsel of the United States Department of Commerce. President George W. Bush nominated Mr. Sullivan on May 10, 2005, and his appointment was confirmed by the United States Senate on July 22, 2005. As General Counsel, Mr. Sullivan is the principal legal advisor to Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez and is the chief legal officer of the Department. The General Counsel oversees the work of over 400 lawyers in the 14 offices that provide legal advice to all components of the Department. He also serves as the Department’s Designated Agency Ethics Official. Mr. Sullivan previously served as Deputy General Counsel of the United States Department of Defense, following his appointment by Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld on February 23, 2004. Mr. Sullivan was responsible for handling and coordinating all litigation involving the Department, as well as providing legal advice on classified information, personnel security, and special matters for the General Counsel. Prior to joining the Bush Administration, Mr. Sullivan was a partner in the Supreme Court and Appellate Practice Group at 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 Bethesda, Maryland.

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