In the News/Op-eds


Alaska Sen. Sullivan to join Sen. McCain on trip to Vietnam

by Associated Press

PHOENIX - Sen. John McCain is leading a U.S. Senate delegation that will visit Vietnam and Singapore this week. The Arizona Republican is chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and his office says the trip is being made at a critical time for U.S. interests in the Asia-Pacific region. McCain's office says Sens. Jack Reed of Rhode Island, Joni Ernst of Iowa and Dan Sullivan of Alaska also are making the trip, while Sens. Cory Gardner of Colorado and Mazie Hirono of Hawaii will… Continue Reading


Standing tall against sex trafficking: Sen. Dan Sullivan crafted worthy amendment to bill targeting sex trade

by Fairbanks Daily News-Miner Editorial Board

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner editorial: Sex trafficking is a difficult issue to confront. It's hard to think about people being placed in such a position, much less talk about it and develop effective strategies to combat it. Therefore, it's heartening the U.S. Senate, in a rare show of bipartisanship, came together this week to pass legislation aimed at protecting victims of sex trafficking and making punishing the perpetrators of such crimes more effective. Kudos especially to Sen. Dan Sullivan,… Continue Reading


Sen. Dan Sullivan explains his views on the Iran deal and why

by Sen. Dan Sullivan

Last week in an op-ed about the Iranian nuclear deal, Juneau resident Richard Moniak raised questions about an earlier column I wrote in this paper, and about the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's recent passage of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, which I co-sponsored. If the act passes in both the House and the Senate, it will allow Congress to have an up-or-down vote on an eventual nuclear arms agreement with Iran - one of the most significant national security issues facing A… Continue Reading


Sen. Dan Sullivan: Team of Apache helicopters likely moving to Fairbanks

by Casey Grove

ANCHORAGE - Twenty-four AH-64 Apache attack helicopters and their crews likely are headed to Fort Wainwright, U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan said Tuesday. Roughly 400 personnel also will be headed to the Army post in Fairbanks, Sullivan said in a written statement. The plan is "pre-decisional" and pending environmental impact statements and approval by the secretary of the Army, said Sullivan's press secretary, Mike Anderson. According to Defense News, at, the Army's assistant … Continue Reading


New waters rule would greatly expand EPA role

by Sen. Dan Sullivan

Alaskans and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy generally don't agree on much. But recently, when talking to a reporter about water, she hit on a consensus, albeit unintentionally: "Water is personal," she said. Indeed it is. And Alaskans know just how personal. We are a state that understands and loves its water. We boast 43,000 miles of coastline, and millions of lakes. More than 43 percent of our state's surface area is composed of wetlands - which accounts for 6… Continue Reading


Sullivan talks states' rights, AKLNG

by Katie Moritz

With polarizing issues facing the Alaska Legislature, there couldn't have been a more interesting time for the state's freshman U.S. senator to make a stop at the Capitol. Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, made it clear in his first-ever address to lawmakers that his intention is to push against President Barack Obama's mandates while working to get things done for the state. Needless to say, his speech was a hit with the Republican House and Senate majorities. Sullivan, a former Alaska attorney ge… Continue Reading


Wall Street Journal OpEd: Obama’s Alaska Wilderness Head Fake

by Senator Dan Sullivan

President Obama's plan to designate 12 million acres as wilderness in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge did not fool Alaskans. The announcement in January revealed his goal of starving the trans-Alaska pipeline by stranding tens of billions of barrels of American oil permanently under the Arctic tundra, and turning the state into a giant national park. Given the huge importance the oil industry plays in employing Alaskans and funding state services, the president's plan will wreak havoc on t… Continue Reading


Sullivan talks federal regs, military presence

by Molly Dischner

JUNEAU - U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan on Monday said fighting federal overreach and pushing for a continued military presence in Alaska are among his priorities. Sullivan made his comments in addressing a joint session of the state Legislature. Such addresses are tradition among Alaska's U.S. senators, and this was the first for Sullivan, a Republican who won election last November. Sullivan said his efforts to limit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency include support for a bill that provides f… Continue Reading


Congress should have a say in US-Iran nuclear weapons deal

by Sen. Dan Sullivan

As I traveled throughout our great state last year, I heard repeatedly how worried Alaskans were about national security. From the growth and brutality of ISIS and a resurgent Russia waging war in the heart of Europe, to a steady march by Iran to obtain nuclear weapons, Alaskans recognized the unprecedented challenges threatening our country. They sensed what former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger recently put into words during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing: "The United States ha… Continue Reading


Let's win assault on Alaska together

by Senator Dan Sullivan

Most of us remember where we were when we first learned of some momentous event that seemed briefly to freeze history in time. Like many Alaskans, I'll never forget where I was on 9/11. Many of us will never forget where we were when we learned that Sen. Ted Stevens was in the plane crash that took his life, or when Gov. Wally Hickel passed on. And I will never forget where I was when I heard that President Barack Obama was once again going to attempt to lock up millions of acres of Alaska la… Continue Reading


Dan Sullivan sworn in as Alaska's new senator

Republican U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan was sworn in at the start of the new Congress on Tuesday, becoming Alaska's junior senator. An Alaska contingent that included Gov. Bill Walker and state lawmakers were in Washington, D.C., for the event. Sullivan said he was honored and humbled by the turnout. He said the joke was that the "Alaskainvasion" - which he numbered at more than 200 people - brought with it the snow that blanketed the area Tuesday. Sullivan, a former state attorney general and Natur… Continue Reading

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