Biography

Elected to Nebraska Legislature: 2008; re-elected 2012

Born Kate Kokes, March 1, 1950, in Burwell.

Education: Graduate of Ord High School, 1967; University of Nebraska-Lincoln (B.S.), 1971 and (M.S.) 1975.

Family: Married Mike Sullivan, June 26, 1971; two children: Jill and Mollie.

Occupation: Banker, board of directors, Cedar Rapids State Bank; president, Kokes Corporation family farm; vice president, Bluestem Beef, Inc.

Former: Home economist, University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension Service.

Member: Cedar Rapids Legion Auxiliary; Cedar Rapids Community Foundation; Cedar Rapids Community Club; Nebraska Children & Families Foundation (executive board); life member, Nebraska LEAD Alumni Association; St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and Altar Society; University of Nebraska Family, Youth & Community Partners; Albion Country Club; Nebraska Bankers Association; Nebraska Independent Community Bankers; Nebraska AgRelations Council; Nebraska Agriculture Builders, Inc.

Former member: Cedar Rapids School Board (treasurer); 2010 Council of State Governments BILLD Fellow.

Read the Unicameral Update’s feature article on Sen. Sullivan.