Sean Sullivan (naval officer)
|Sean Sullivan wearing his Submarine Warfare insignia.|
|Republican candidate for
Connecticut's second district congressional seat
November 4, 2008
|Born||Sean Patrick Sullivan
November 30, 1958
|Residence||Gales Ferry, Connecticut|
|Alma mater||United States Naval Academy|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1976 – 2006|
|Commands||USS Jefferson City
Naval Submarine Base New London
Sean Patrick Sullivan (born November 30, 1958) is an attorney, a retired submarine commander and was commanding officer of the Naval Submarine Base New London. He was the Republican candidate for the United States Congress in Connecticut's 2nd congressional district in 2008.
Sullivan was appointed to the United States Naval Academy in 1976 by recommendation of Senator Lowell Weicker. Upon graduation magna cum laude with a degree in Engineering, he joined the United States Navy submarine force and served there for nearly two decades. He became commander of the USS Jefferson City in 1996. By the time of his retirement from the Navy, he achieved the rank of Captain and was Commanding Officer of the Naval Submarine Base in New London.
He has served on Ledyard's Board of education, the Military Affairs Committee of The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut, and is on Governor M. Jodi Rell's Commission of the Economic Diversification of Eastern Connecticut. He holds a M.A. in National Security Affairs from the Naval War College and a J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law.
2008 congressional campaign
A poll released by the University of Connecticut on September 30, 2008 showed Courtney leading the race among likely voters fifty percent to twenty-three percent with twenty-four percent undecided. Sullivan has the loyalty of ⅔ of registered Republicans but Courtney has eighty-six percent of registered Democrats and a two to one lead among Independents.
Stances on issues
Sullivan is a proponent of spending control in Washington and places the blame for increased spending on Congress rather than on President Bush. He believes health care should be administered by the states even if funding comes from the Federal Government. He advocates increasing use of naval power to stabilize the situation in Afghanistan rather than increasing ground troop levels.
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