Michael Sullivan was elected Governor of Wyoming in 1986 in his first political race, and was re-elected in 1990. In 1998 Governor Sullivan was appointed by President Clinton to serve as the United States Ambassador to Ireland and completed his service as Ambassador in June of 2001.
He began his legal career as an Associate Attorney with the firm of Brown, Drew, Apostolos & Barton, which became Brown, Drew, Massey & Sullivan, where he practised for 26 years, primarily in the areas of litigation and business.
He is a Partner in Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons LLP of Denver, Colorado, having opened that firm’s Casper office where he works regionally in the areas of mediation and arbitration, public policy, natural resources and developing international business relationships.
He is authorised to practise before the courts of Wyoming, the Federal District Court of Wyoming, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.
Ambassador Sullivan has maintained a high level of involvement in community affairs. He served as Chairman of the Natrona County Hospital Board, the Wyoming Board of Bar Examiners and the Western Governors’ Association. He co-chaired the Alliance for Acid Rain Control and chaired the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission. Additionally, he served on the National Governors’ Association’s Executive Board, directing its Natural Resources Committee, on School Years Action Team and the Indian Gaming Working Group.
Special honours include the Wyoming National Guard’s Distinguished Service Medal, the University of Wyoming Outstanding Alumnus Award and the Wyoming Heritage Society’s Award of Merit.
He received a BS degree in Petroleum Engineering and a Juris Doctor of Law degree with honours from the University of Wyoming. In 1996 he held a fellowship at the Institute of Politics, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University