Malloy picks former Lt. Governor Sullivan to lead tax department
Malloy made the announcement on Wednesday at the Legislative Office Building. The revenue services department is the state's tax collection agency.
"I've known Kevin for years, and while he's no longer a public official, that's never stopped his commitment to public service," said Malloy in a statement. "As commissioner, Kevin will draw upon his experiences and relationships borne out of his time in the Legislature to help Connecticut find new and innovative ways in which to collect the money it is due. I look forward to working with Kevin again."
"I'm honored that governor-elect Malloy believes my skills and experience will be of use to him in his administration," said Sullivan in a statement. "I'm looking forward to stepping back into public service on behalf of the people of the state of Connecticut."
A West Hartford native, Sullivan was elected to the state Senate in 1986 and served as its president pro tem from 1997 to 2004. Sullivan moved up to replace then-Lt. Gov. M. Jodi Rell in 2004 when former Gov. John G. Rowland resigned amidst a corruption scandal.
Sullivan, an attorney, did not run for re-election in 2006 and has served as the president of the Children's Museum in West Hartford since.
Sullivan graduated from Trinity College in Hartford and UConn Law School.
Nicholson, the current commissioner, was chosen by Rell to replace Pamela Law, who retired in 2009 after seven years as the state's tax chief. Nicholson has worked at the department for more than 15 years and was previously its deputy commissioner and general counsel.