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John M. Sullivan

John M. Sullivan
Member of the Illinois Senate
from the 47th district
Assumed office
January 2003 (2003-Jan)
Preceded by Laura Kent Donahue
Personal details
Born (1959-01-09) January 9, 1959 (age 55)
Macomb, Illinois
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Joan Sullivan
Children Four
Residence Rushville, Illinois
Alma mater Quincy College
Profession Businessman
Religion Roman Catholic

Jonathan Matthew 'John' Sullivan is the state senator for the 47th District serving since 2003. The western Illinois district, the largest in the state[1] includes all or parts of the municipalities of Quincy, Macomb, Galesburg, Havana, Oquawka and Rushville.[2]

Early life and career

John Sullivan was born in Macomb. In 1981, he graduated from Quincy College with a bachelor's degree in history. He went on to work as an agricultural loan officer before joining Sullivan's Auctioneers, the family's successful aution and real estate business. He currently lives on a farm north of Rushville on the family farm with wife, three sons and one daughter.[3]

State senator

Sullivan was elected in 2002, defeating 22-year incumbent Republican Laura Kent Donahue in one of the closest and most expensive senate races that election cycle. Since he represented a historically Republican district, Sullivan was targeted for defeat by the Republicans in the 2004 election. However, he defeated Republican Tom Ernst with 61 percent of the vote. In March 2006 17th District Congressman Lane Evans announced he would be retiring at the end of his 12th term shortly after he won the nomination for a thirteenth term. Sullivan, whose district is largely coextensive with the west-central portion of what was then the congressional district entered the special nominating election finishing second to a longtime aide of Evans Phil Hare. Sullivan was unopposed for reelection in 2008. In 2012, Sullivan handily defeated Randy Freese.

Senator Sullivan is currently the Vice Chair of the Agriculture & Conservation committee and is assigned to five other committees; Energy, Higher Education, Revenue, Transportation and Insurance. Senator Sullivan currently serves a Majority Whip.[4] As the District 47 state senator, Sullivan's associated Representatives are District 93 representative Jil Tracy and District 94 representative Norine Hammond, both Republicans. This gives Senator Sullivan the distinction of being the only State Senator to have two associated Representatives from the opposite party.

Election history

2008 General Election Results – Illinois’s 47th Senate District[5]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic John M Sullivan 77,597 100%
Democratic hold
2002 General Election Results – Illinois’s 47th Senate District[6]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic John Sullivan 40,403 51.5%
Republican Laura Kent Donahue (incumbent) 38,009 48.5%
Democratic gain from Republican


External links

  • Biography, bills and committees at the 98th Illinois General Assembly
    • By session: 93rd
  • Ballotpedia
  • Project Vote Smart
  • Financial information (state office) at the National Institute for Money in State Politics
  • Senator John M. Sullivan at Illinois Senate Democrats
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