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Pat Patton Interviews
A visit with Houston City Council Member Michael Sullivan

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Hi.  I’m Pat Patton.  

I have a very interesting guest - Mike Sullivan, Houston City Councilman, District E. 
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Mike was sworn in as a Houston City Councilman on January 2, 2008.  As a Community Liaison for Houston City Council Member Michael Berry for six years, he gained experience in City Government, handling constituent service issues and working with other Council offices and City Department heads.

Mike brings an understanding of small business to his role at City Council, gained as President and Owner of Mar-Max Supply, Inc., a distributor of marine and industrial paints and coatings. He also holds a Real Estate Broker license, and has worked on a number of commercial real estate transactions. Sullivan is active in his local chambers of commerce.

Mike is well known for his strong dedication to his community and the public policymaking process. His main focus is on returning more tax dollars to District E, maintaining open communications with constituents, and being a conservative voice on City Council.   

Mike’s successful working relationship with the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership (BAHEP) is of major importance to him and his District. We discussed the excellent job that Bob Mitchell, President of BAHEP, is doing for the Bay Area Houston Region, and also the ways that Mike, as a Houston City Councilman, has been able to benefit BAHEP. 

Mike feels an important aspect of his job is his ability to work closely with other elected officials in the Bay Area Houston region. We discussed BAHEP’s recent Special Elected Officials Reception where Senator Mike Jackson, and State Representatives John Davis, Ken Legler, Larry Taylor and Wayne Smith gave an 81st Legislative Update. We agreed that it was an outstanding event. Both Mike and I are longtime members of BAHEP’s Political Protocol Committee (PPC) who organized the Elected Officials Reception. The Political Protocol Committee is chaired by Barry Beasley, who is also the Mayor of La Porte. 

One of the most interesting parts of the interview is when Mike was telling of his experiences of working closely with Houston Mayor Bill White and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett during Hurricane Ike. 

A few hours before Hurricane Ike’s landfall, Mayor White and Mike drove to Clear Lake City and met with firemen and other emergency personnel.  When they realized theret were hundreds of people in apartments that needed to be evacuated, Mayor White and Mike made arrangements for buses to take them to safety, and Mayor White and Mike knocked on apartment doors and told them they needed to evacuate the apartments. 

That story really showed Mayor White’s and Mike’s commitment to the Bay Area Houston region, and also the close relationship Mike has with Mayor White. 

When I asked Mike who has made the biggest impact on him and how did it influence his life, he said that his beautiful wife Kim, and his 16 year old daughter, Paige, made the biggest impact on his life.  Paige often accompanies Mike at various BAHEP and community events.

One of the goals of my interviews is to focus on accomplishing dreams and living lives of excellence. Mike’s strong belief in community service, his commitment to his constituents, his close family relationships, and his genuine interest in making a difference in people’s lives made him the perfect choice for this interview.

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