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, 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 Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, a leadership role in which he works with Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn and Majority Leader Charniele Herring to promote the goals of House Democrats. Rip served two terms as the House Democratic Caucus Campaign Chair, during which time he led the Democratic Party’s effort to gain seats and win back the majority in the House. He became Campaign Chair in 2017 and oversaw the strategy that led House Democrats to pick up a whopping 15 seats. He reprised his role as Campaign Chair during the 2019 cycle in which Democrats made history by taking back both the House and Senate.
As a Delegate, Rip has fought every year to encourage the growth of Virginia's clean energy and energy efficiency sectors, promote access to the ballot box, protect and advance LGBTQ rights, and de-politicize the redistricting process. Speaker Filler-Corn appointed Rip to serve as Chair of the powerful Labor and Commerce Committee’s Energy Subcommittee, a role in which he used his experience legislating in the energy space to help shape the way Virginia moves forward on these crucial issues. He also serves as Chair of the Finance Committee's Third Subcommittee which considers bills related to corporate and individual income tax. Additionally, Rip serves on the Rules Committee and Courts of Justice Committee.
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, and a grandson on the way.
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.