Patrick (Pat) Sullivan is a native of Weiser, Idaho. He graduated from Ontario High School in Ontario, Oregon and is a 1979 graduate of Boise State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration.
Active in the Idaho and Washington, D.C. legislative arena for over 30 years, Patrick began his 12-year career with U.S. Senator James A. McClure in 1980, serving as a professional staff member on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and as a key advisor on legislative and political strategies for Senator McClure as his state director. Early in his career, Patrick served as an intern on the House Interior and Insular Affairs committee in Washington, D.C. and on the staff of Congressman Tom Hagedorn (Minnesota). He began his legislative career in 1977 as the student lobbyist for Boise State University and the Idaho Students Association.
Patrick’s experience has been utilized by a number of successful political campaigns in Idaho and other western states. He has counseled the campaigns of Senator Larry Craig, Senator Mike Crapo, Congressman Butch Otter, Congressman Mike Simpson, Governor Dirk Kempthorne, Congressman Helen Chenoweth, Governor Phil Batt, Senator Steve Symms and Senator Jim McClure. Patrick founded one of Idaho's leading governmental affairs firms, Sullivan & Associates, in November 1991, which became Sullivan & Reberger, following the addition of Phil Reberger in 2003.
Patrick is a board member of the Governor's Cup Scholarship Fund; past president of the Boise State University Alumni board of directors; a former board director of the Boise State University Foundation; a former board director of the West Boise YMCA; a former board director of the Salvation Army and a former board member of the National Kidney Foundation in Washington, D.C.