MA Senate Special Election: Michael J. Sullivan Bio
Mike Sullivan was born in Boston and grew up in Holbrook. He attended Boston College High School and later Boston College. After his freshman year at Boston College, Sullivan left to work as a stock clerk on the factory floor at Gillette. Sullivan continued working throughout his time at Boston College and afterwards at Suffolk University law school. During his sixteen years at Gillette, Sullivan moved through various positions, eventually serving in executive management roles.
Sullivan served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1991 to 1995, where he sat on the Education, Local Affairs, Commerce, and Labor, Ways and Means, and Post Audit and Oversight Committees. Sullivan focused his time with restoring aid to local communities, education, worker’s compensation, and criminal justice reforms.
Sullivan was elected Plymouth County District Attorney, leading the office from 1995 through 2001. In his position, he was a leader in the fight against child abuse, domestic violence and elder abuse. After his Plymouth role concluded, Sullivan was named the United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts. While in his post, Sullivan created a National Security and Anti-Terrorism Section and units devoted to the prosecution of computer crimes, intellectual property theft, and health care fraud.
In addition to serving as U.S. Attorney, Sullivan was named Acting Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms until January 2009. Since then, Sullivan has served as a partner at Boston-based Ashcroft-Sullivan, where he advises individual and corporate clients in matters including health care, government program fraud, corporate compliance and ethics, and corporate security matters.