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Michael J. Sullivan

Gov. Michael J. Sullivan

  • January 2, 1987 - January 6, 1995
  • Democratic
  • September 22, 1939
  • Nebraska
  • University of Wyoming
  • Married Jane Metzler Sullivan; three children
  • Ambassador


MICHAEL J. SULLIVAN was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and grew up in Douglas, Wyoming. He received a bachelor of science degree in petroleum engineering in 1961 and a law degree from the University of Wyoming in 1964. He practiced law in Casper, Wyoming, with primary emphasis on trial practice associated with the defense of personal injury and medical malpractice litigation. Elected Governor of Wyoming in 1986, he was reelected in 1990. During his tenure, he chaired the Western Governors’ Association, the Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission, and the Alliance for Acid Rain Control; he also was a member of the National Governors’ Association Executive Committee. In 1995, after completing his second term as governor, he held a Fellowship at the Institute of Politics, the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Sullivan served as Ambassador to Ireland under President Bill Clinton and currently practices law.


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