U.S. Rep. John Sullivan is a fourth-generation Oklahoman with a passion for fitness—and CrossFit.
Elected to Congress in 2002, Sullivan has served his state as a representative on a number of health-oriented caucuses and strives for elite personal fitness as a member of both CrossFit Sky (Oklahoma) and Primal Fitness (Washington, D.C.).
With four kids, lots of travel and a congressional seat to fill, Sullivan has a busy schedule, but at 45 he still finds time to hit the WOD five or six days a week. He decided to put his improved work capacity to the test at the recent Oklahoma Sectional as a challenge to himself and a way to inspire others to get fit, and Sullivan gave a great effort to finish 92nd of 102 athletes. He plans to compete again next year.
Beyond personal fitness and leading the charge against the obesity epidemic, Sullivan believes CrossFit competitions are important for local economies. “Any city should be grateful to have a CrossFit competition in their city,” he said.
And, less than a year ago, Sullivan began the recovery process from alcoholism. With the help of the Betty Ford Center and the camaraderie of his CrossFit communities, he’s come a long way. “CrossFit has helped a lot,” Sullivan said. “It’s a big part of my life now.”
Sullivan’s story was also featured in an article published March 31, 2010, on Politico.
Related reading: A Vote for CrossFit by Congressman John Sullivan, published March 12, 2010.