Raymond J. Sullivan Jr. (January 31, 1977 – October 11, 2021) was a political operative who served as Democratic member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, who represented the 29th District from 2005 to 2011. He served as the deputy majority leader. In February 2010, Sullivan announced his intention to not seek reelection in order to work as the deputy district director in the office of Congressman James Langevin.
|Member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives|
from the 29th district
January 3, 2005 – January 4, 2011
|Preceded by||Stephen J. Anderson|
|Succeeded by||Lisa P. Tomasso|
|Born||January 31, 1977|
|Died||October 11, 2021 (aged 44)|
Providence, Rhode Island, US
|Residence||Coventry, Rhode Island|
|Alma mater||Roger Williams University|
On October 22, 2009, Sullivan pleaded no contest during his trial for drunk driving charges. In addition to a 3-month suspension of his license, Sullivan was ordered to serve 20 hours of community service, pay a $500 fine, and attend an anti-drunk driving school.
On May 16, 2011, in an article titled "Who killed Marriage Equality in Rhode Island," Sullivan came under harsh criticism. The article's author, Joe Siegel, wrote mainly about Sullivan's erratic behavior as adding to an atmosphere of confusion right before a critical juncture for marriage equality in Rhode Island. One anonymous MERI staffer speaking about Sullivan said: "I've seen him completely belligerent and out of control," Abby said, noting Sullivan once got so angry he threw a cell phone across the room.
By October 2011, however, Sullivan was serving as Executive Director of MERI and actively working to support full marriage equality instead of a "discriminatory" civil unions bill. In 2013, Governor Chafee credited him as an instrumental figure in the state's legalization of same-sex marriage.
Sullivan died on October 11, 2021, at his home in Providence at the age of 44.
- "Sullivan to not run for reelection". RIFuture.org 8 February 2010. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 12 December 2010.
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- "Did Activists Thwart R.I. Marriage Equality Bill?". EDGE Media Network.
- McGowan, Dan. "PowerPlayer: Marriage Equality RI's Ray Sullivan". GoLocalProv.
- "Former state Rep. Ray Sullivan dies at 44". October 13, 2021.