DRS: Commissioner Sullivan's BIO

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Commissioner Kevin B. Sullivan

Appointed by Governor Dannel Malloy Kevin Sullivan has served as Connecticut’s Commissioner of Revenue Services since 2011.  He is committed to making the Department of Revenue Services a strategic resource for state fiscal and economic policy as well as a high performance agency driven by efficiency, innovation, employee engagement and taxpayer services. 

Commissioner Sullivan is an officer of the Federation of Tax Administrators (FTA) and active in the North East State Tax Officials Association (NESTOA).  He is a regular presenter at federal, regional and state tax forums. 

Commissioner Sullivan graduated from Trinity College (AB) in 1971, where he was recognized for his civil rights activity.  He graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Law (JD) in 1982.  As an attorney in private and corporate practice, his areas of focus included administrative law, telecommunications, banking and human resources.    

Before becoming Commissioner of Revenue Services, he was Executive Director of a non-profit science center and Vice President for Community and Institutional Relations at Trinity College in Hartford.  Other professional experience includes consulting on strategic public policy, teaching media and public policy, and directing legislative relations for the Connecticut State Department of Education.

Sullivan was Connecticut's 106th Lieutenant Governor from 2004 to 2007.    Elected as a State Senator in 1986, he led the State Senate as President Pro Tempore from 1997 to 2004.   He chaired the national Senate President's Forum, was active in the National Legislative Leaders Foundation and participated in the University of Virginia's Program for Emerging Political Leaders.  Connecticut Magazine cited him for his honesty and hard work.

From 1981 through 1986, Kevin Sullivan served on the West Hartford Town Council and as Mayor and Deputy Mayor. 

Commissioner Sullivan has served on numerous college and other non-profit boards.  He was Chairman of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and honored for his advocacy by the American Psychiatric Association and American Psychological Association.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Partnership for Strong Communities.  Kevin and his wife Carolyn Thornberry reside in West Hartford.