Richard “Rip” Sullivan, Jr. and his wife, Beth, were both raised and attended public schools in Northern Virginia. Before being elected to the House of Delegates in 2014, Rip served our region on numerous boards and commissions, which are listed here (will include link to third page), providing him with extensive experience in a number of key policy areas that have directly translated to his work for the 48th District.
Rip is the House Democratic Caucus Campaign Chair, meaning he is leading the Democratic Party’s effort to gain seats and win back the majority in the House. He became Chair in 2017, and oversaw the strategy which led House Democrats to pick up a whopping 15 seats. He is reprising his role as Campaign Chair this cycle and is determined to put House Democrats over the top on November 5th, 2019.
As a Delegate Rip has fought every year to remove politics and partisanship from the redistricting process, encourage the growth of Virginia's clean energy and energy efficiency sector, and promote much-needed gun safety reform. He has also introduced bills related to furthering the cause of LGBT equality and making access to the ballot easier in Virginia.
Outside if his work in the General Assembly, Rip has been widely recognized as a leader in our community, as reflected in his appointments to numerous Northern Virginia boards and commissions. His appointments include the Fairfax Consumer Protection Commission, Transportation Advisory Commission, the Housing and Redevelopment Authority, and the Park Authority. Additionally, Rip served as President of the Legal Services of Northern Virginia, a non-profit institution providing legal services to low-income residents. Rip is also a former member of the Board of Governors for the Virginia Bar Association, and a two-term member of the Virginia State Bar Council.
Rip and Beth, his high school sweetheart, have four children, all of whom graduated from our public schools. They have two granddaughters, Alex and Avery.
Rip graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College, and received his law degree from the University of Virginia. He is a partner in the law firm Bean Kinney & Korman, P.C., in Arlington.