From a White House press release (that does not yet appear to be online):
- THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 1, 2009
President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts
WASHINGTON, DC — Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals for key administration posts: Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary, Administration on Aging, Department of Health and Human Services; Wilma A. Lewis, Assistant Secretary for Land and Mineral Management, Department of the Interior; and John J. Sullivan, Commissioner, Federal Election Commission.
President Obama said, “The American people will be well-served by these skilled and dedicated individuals. I am confident that they will be assets in my administration as we work to bring about real change in our country, and I am grateful for their decision to serve and their commitment to my reform agenda.”
President Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals today:…
John J. Sullivan, Nominee for Commissioner, Federal Election Commission
John J. Sullivan is a leader in the labor community and has been a staunch advocate for election reform and voter protection. Since 1997, Sullivan has served as the Associate General Counsel at the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), where he advises one of the largest independent political programs in the country. From 1994 to 1997, Sullivan worked as Associate General Counsel for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT), where he was responsible for union governance issues and the administration of the election provisions of the federal consent decree with the Teamsters Union.
Prior to that, Sullivan worked as an associate and partner at the law firm of Guerrieri, Edmond & James, where he was involved in the firm’s representation of railway and airline unions in federal court litigation, bankruptcy proceedings and before federal administrative agencies. From 1990 to 1992, Sullivan worked in the Office of the Election Officer at the IBT as the election protest coordinator and counsel to the court-appointed Election Officer. Sullivan has also represented the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) in public employee organizing campaigns. Sullivan has extensive additional election experience. He contributed to the Florida recount efforts in the 2000 presidential election; helped coordinate union voter protection activities in the 2004 general election; was a member of the team that directed the successful recount in the 2004 Washington gubernatorial election; worked as an observer for elections in Ukraine; served on Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley’s Transition Team on Election Reform; served as the Vice President of the Montgomery County Board of Elections; and volunteered for voter protection efforts in Ohio, Indiana, and Pennsylvania for the 2008 presidential primaries. Sullivan received his B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts-Boston and graduated with a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law.