Tom Sullivan represents House District 37, which encompasses most Centennial, Colorado, in Arapahoe County, where he has lived and raised his children for the last 29 years. Representative Sullivan sits on the Transportation and Local Government Committee and is the recently appointed Vice-Chair for the Business Affairs and Labor Committee.
In 2018, Tom became the first Democrat to represent House District 37. In his first year as a member of the Colorado General Assembly, Tom sponsored and passed the Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) law, also known as the “Red Flag” law. In the 2020 Legislative Session, Tom sponsored the Whistleblower Protection Bill, which has helped workers report unsafe conditions without unfair repercussions.
Representative Sullivan is committed to fighting for crime victims' rights, worker protections, veterans affairs, and expanding access to mental health treatment. He has been on the other side of the legislative process by testifying before committees on many issues, including advocating labor issues and the need for gun violence prevention measures. What ultimately drove him to run for office was heavily influenced by the tragic loss of his son, Alex, to the 2012 Aurora Theater Shooting. Alex was 27 years old when he was murdered in the tragedy.
Prior to becoming a legislator, Tom served in the US Air Force from 1974 to 1977. With help from the GI Bill, he attended Metropolitan State University and studied accounting and journalism. Tom then began his 30-year career with the United States Postal Service (USPS). He has been a long-standing member of several labor unions throughout his life, starting as a Teamster when he was 16-years-old working concessions at Red Wing Stadium. While working for USPS, Rep. Sullivan was an active and integral member of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) and advocated for labor rights.
Rep. Sullivan’s personal life is devoted to his wife, Terry, his daughter Megan, son-in-law, Matthew, and making his son, Alex, proud. He enjoys cigars, comic books, sports memorabilia, collectibles, and growing his eBay business.