First elected to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2002, Mundelein native Ed Sullivan established himself as a leader in the General Assembly. Having served seven terms, Sullivan has been recognized as a leading expert on revenue, budget and property tax issues. In addition, he has established a strong record on public safety, education, public utilities, and domestic violence issues.
Sullivan served as Republican Floor Leader starting in 2012 and Assistant Minority Leader starting in 2014. He served on the Board for the House Republican Organization, the caucus’ political arm, from 2008-2014, and as Chairman of HRO from 2011-2014. During his time in Springfield, he served on numerous committees, including Revenue & Finance, Public Utilities, Consumer Protection, Mass Transit, Executive, Rules, and Public Private Partnerships.
Sullivan received numerous honors during his legislative career. He was named Public Official of the Year by the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, Legislator of the Year (The Acorn Award) by the Nature Conservancy, Legislator of the Year by the Staffing Services Association of Illinois, and Lifesaver of the Year by the Illinois Poison Center. He received the “Guardian of Small Business” award five times from the National Federation of Independent Businesses – Illinois. He was named a “Champion of Free Enterprise” by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce five times. The Illinois Farm Bureau gave him their “Activator Award” for being a “Friend of the Agriculture” six times. He also received the Outstanding Legislator Award from the Illinois Bankers Association, the Lung Health Champion Award from the Respiratory Health Association, the Legislative Leadership Award from the Illinois Association of Park Districts, and an award for Outstanding Leadership from the Associated Fire Fighters.
After receiving a B.A. in History and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Illinois in 1991, Sullivan served as an aide to U.S. Congressman Phil Crane (IL-8). In 1993, he was elected as the Fremont Township Assessor, a position to which he has been successively re-elected six times since. As Assessor, Sullivan modernized the office and helped lead a countywide technological upgrade, developing many of the systems and processes currently used at the county and local level within Lake County.
Sullivan is a graduate of Carmel High School. He is a member of the GLMV and Lake Zurich Chambers of Commerce, the Liberty Prairie Foundation, and Friends of Mundelein Parks. His wife, Trish, is a Family Nurse Practitioner. They reside in Mundelein and attend Saint Joseph Catholic Church of Libertyville. They have two children: their daughter, Kaileigh, and son, Edwin (Finn). They have a Yellow Lab/English Bulldog mix named Storm that they rescued from Ocean Springs, MS on an animal rescue operation three days after hurricane Katrina.