DRS: Commissioner Sullivan's BIO

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Commissioner Kevin B. Sullivan

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

Commissioner Sullivan serves on Board of Trustees of the Federation of Tax Administrators (FTA) and is active with the North East State Tax Officials Association (NESTOA).  He is a regular presenter at federal, regional and state tax forums, including Substantial Nexus and Insubstantial Burden: State Authority to Collect Sales Tax from Internet Sellers under the Commerce Clause (BNA Tax & Accounting Webinar, 2011); All My Nexus is in Texas (National Association of Tax Attorneys, 2012); Plain Talk, Smart Tax Policy (Connecticut CPA, 2013); and Two Roads Diverged in a Wood: Economic Policy and Tax Policy (Connecticut Bar Association, 2014).

Commissioner Sullivan graduated in 1971 from Trinity College and the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1982.   As an attorney, his areas of focus included administrative, telecommunications and banking law. 

Before becoming Commissioner of Revenue Services, he was President of The Children’s Museum and Vice President for Community and Institutional Relations at Trinity College in Hartford.  Other professional experience includes strategic public policy consulting, teaching media and public policy and directing legislative relations for the Connecticut State Department of Education.

As Connecticut's 106th Lieutenant Governor from 2004 to 2007, Kevin Sullivan regularly chaired the state’s Finance Advisory Committee and was active in state policy.    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.  As a state legislator, 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.  As Mayor, he oversaw a major reorganization of town government.

Commissioner Sullivan is active in the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).  The American Psychiatric Association and American Psychological Association have recognized him for his advocacy on behalf of people with mental illnesses.  Kevin and his wife Carolyn Thornberry, who is a local Registrar of Voters and experienced college administrator, reside in West Hartford.