Patrick Sullivan is co-founder and managing partner of Sullivan & LeShane, Inc. and Sullivan & LeShane Public Relations, Inc. He is the firm’s chief strategist, leveraging experience and relationships developed over three decades working within Connecticut politics, government and media.
Patrick began his lobbying career working for the Greater Hartford Chamber of Commerce before becoming the longest-serving executive director for the Connecticut Beer Wholesalers Association. In 1983, he joined his partner Paddi LeShane in founding Sullivan & LeShane, Inc. Today, Patrick continues to be sought after by business and community leaders, professional associations and elected officials for his institutional knowledge, extensive network of contacts, and strategic thinking and insights into national, state and local politics.
A veteran political strategist, Patrick has played key roles in the presidential campaigns of Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and former Senator Robert Dole, as well the campaigns of former Congresswoman Nancy Johnson, Senator Joseph Lieberman, and several Connecticut governors. Most recently, he has served as a senior adviser for two U.S. Senate campaigns.
Seven years ago, Patrick founded the Connecticut Basketball Club to bring together the state’s top basketball prospects. CBC has since become one of the top Amateur Athletic Union programs in the country. Patrick’s teams routinely win the state championship and he has coached CBC to two final four finishes in the last four years. Patrick’s commitment to high athletic performance, educational excellence and character development make his players highly sought after at the secondary, collegiate and postgraduate levels. Always the coach, Patrick brings the same spirit and standards of excellence to the Sullivan & LeShane team.
Patrick is a graduate of Fairfield University. He and his wife, Paddi LeShane, reside in the historic West End of Hartford, Connecticut. They have two sons, whose families also call Connecticut home.
WHY WE ARE HERE
We’re trend-setters. We’re problem-solvers. We make a difference for our clients each and every day.
Chief Executive Office/Lobbyist
Paddi LeShane is co-founder and chief executive officer of Sullivan LeShane, Inc. and Sullivan & LeShane Public Relations, Inc. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of both companies while actively lobbying issues before state and municipal governments and providing creative solutions to many communications projects.
Paddi has extensive experience representing major business interests, public and private institutions, trade associations, and non-profit organizations on a broad range of statutory and regulatory issues. She has developed skills and insights through active engagement with business and political communities and involvement during national, state and local elections.
Over the years, Paddi has served on numerous civic boards, including the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, the Connecticut Women’s Council, the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame, the Aurora Women and Girls Foundation, and the Connecticut Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners. She currently serves as chairperson of the Hartford Parking Authority and as a board member for The University of St. Joseph, the Bushnell Park Foundation, the Connecticut Women’s Council and the Rell Center for Public Service.
For her work, Paddi has been honored by many organizations, including the Connecticut Girls State Program, Women Executives in State Government, the National Association of Women Business Owners, Springfield College, the University of Hartford, and Connecticut Women Magazine. In 2002, she received the National Excellence in Leadership Award from the Women Executives in State Government. In 2008, she was named one the Hartford Business Journal’s 8 Remarkable Women in Business.
Paddi holds a bachelor’s degree in Leadership & Community Development from Springfield College and a master’s in health care management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She and her husband, Patrick Sullivan, reside in the historic West End of Hartford, Connecticut.
WHY WE ARE HERE
I love what I do. I love puzzles. I’m curious and enjoy working as a team to find solutions to the challenges presented to us. Everyday is different and everyday I get to think outside of the box, pull together a diverse group of people who share a common goal to fix a problem or improve a situation. Add politics to the mix and where else could you find such an adventure everyday!
Government Affairs Manager/Lobbyist
Michael Johnson is a government affairs associate at Sullivan & LeShane, Inc. He currently represents clients before the Appropriations, Banks, Commerce, Education, Higher Education, Government Administration & Elections, Human Services, Judiciary, Labor, Planning & Development, Public Safety, and Transportation committees.
As a lobbyist, Michael has dealt with a myriad of issues including education, health care, labor and social justice. Before joining Sullivan & LeShane, Michael worked as one of four registered lobbyists at a leading public policy advocacy firm, specializing in health care access, expanded school choice options for magnet schools and adding licensure for certain special care providers. Michael’s prior experience also includes lobbying for the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities on energy and labor issues.
Michael’s political experience includes managing the successful re-election campaign for a New York State Senator and working as a legislative aide in the New York State Assembly.
Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and government and politics from Sacred Heart University. Michael also serves as the current president for the Association of Connecticut Lobbyists and in his community as a member of the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission.
He resides in West Hartford with his wife Colleen and daughter Elizabeth.
WHY WE ARE HERE
I work for Sullivan & LeShane because our role continually illustrates where pragmatism meets persistence.
Government Affairs Associate
Ryan Bingham is a government affairs associate at Sullivan & LeShane, Inc. Ryan was served as Torrington, CT’s Mayor for 8 years and has the distinct honor of being the youngest elected Mayor in CT history. Ryan is an effective, energetic leader who understands the science as well as the art of managing a multi-million dollar governmental enterprise involving twenty-one departments and hundreds of employees. He is skilled at fostering win-win relationships and building consensus. Ryan has been recognized throughout his career for a forward-thinking administrative style that resulted in outstanding accomplishments, successful leveraging of public and private funds, and multiple re-elections to the highest office of an historic Connecticut municipality. Ryan has been honored with CT Magazine’s 40 under 40 award and Marist College’s distinguished alumni medal.
Ryan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Marist College and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.
He resides in his hometown of Torrington with his wife Jennifer and two beautiful children, Blake and Ellie (whom he thinks are his greatest accomplishments of all).
WHY WE ARE HERE
I work for Sullivan & LeShane because I love the state of Connecticut and want to leave a better world for my children.