Callahan was the representative for Alabama’s 1st congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1985 to 2002.
Callahan was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 2311 (107th): Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2002
- H.R. 4811 (106th): Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2001
- H.R. 2159 (105th): Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 1998
- H.J.Res. 92 (105th): Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa River Basin Compact
- H.R. 1868 (104th): Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 1996
- H.R. 3414 (100th): A bill for the relief of Meenakshiben P. Patel.
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).
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%) Commerce (10%) Labor and Employment (10%) Law (10%)
Some of Callahan’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 5431 (107th): Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2003
- H.R. 4695 (107th): To direct the Secretary of the Interior to study the suitability and ...
- H.R. 3998 (107th): To suspend temporarily the duty on ethyl pyruvate.
- H.R. 3999 (107th): To suspend temporarily the duty on 5-Chloro-1-indanone.
- H.R. 2652 (107th): To extend the temporary suspension of the duty on Calcium bis[monoethyl(3,5-di-tert-butyl-4-hydroxybenzyl) phosphonate].
- H.R. 2650 (107th): To extend the temporary suspension of the duty on 2-Methyl-4,6-bis[(octylthio) methyl]phenol.
- H.R. 2651 (107th): To extend the temporary suspension of the duty on 4-[[4,6-Bis(octylthio)-1,3,5-triazin-2-yl]amino]-2,6-bis(1,1 dimethylethyl)phenol.
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 and major life events.
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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- Congressional Pictorial Directory for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills