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Rep. L. Callahan

Former Representative for Alabama’s 1st District

Callahan was the representative for Alabama’s 1st congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1985 to 2002.

Photo of Rep. L. Callahan [R-AL1, 1985-2002]

Enacted Legislation

Callahan was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:

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Does 6 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Callahan sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Foreign Trade and International Finance (20%) Environmental Protection (13%) Government Operations and Politics (13%) Armed Forces and National Security (13%) Economics and Public Finance (11%) Law (10%) Emergency Management (10%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (10%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Callahan recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1985 to Nov 2002, Callahan missed 518 of 9,524 roll call votes, which is 5.4%. This is much worse than the median of 2.8% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Nov 2002. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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