With 30 years of experience in state and federal government service and a
successful career in the business world prior to that, H.L. (Sonny) Callahan retired from
Congress in 2002 and formed a government consulting firm, Sonny Callahan and
Associates, offering government consultation on a wide variety of interests.
Sonny's career in Congress saw him rise in just 10 years from being a freshman
Congressman from South Alabama to become one of the 13 "Cardinals," so-named
because they are among the most influential members of the House of Representatives.
Elected to Congress in 1984, Congressman Callahan was named Chairman of the
powerful House Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operations in 1995. During
the six years he chaired this subcommittee, he worked with the administration and the
Congress in protecting America's interests and investments around the world.
In 2000, he became the chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on
Energy and Water Development. This subcommittee is responsible for funding all civil
projects of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as well as portions of the Department of
Interior and the Department of Energy and a number of independent agencies. In this
position, Congressman Callahan worked closely with the Bush Administration to develop
and finance a new national energy policy.
While chairman of this subcommittee, he also
served as vice chairman of Foreign Operations and was a member of the Transportation
Subcommittee. Congressman Callahan's ability to get things done in Congress won him
friends on both sides of the aisle.
Prior to going to Congress, Callahan served in the U.S. Navy and had a successful
career in the transit industry, starting as a truck driver and working his way up to
president of the company. He later ran for and was elected first to the House and then the
Senate of the Alabama State Legislature. He served in state government 12 years before
running for Congress.
Now with his own consulting firm, Sonny Callahan and Associates has offices in
Mobile, Alabama, and in Washington, D.C. The firm also is affiliated with former
Appropriations Chairman Bob Livingston (R-La) and Bob Dawson and Associates, and
former Congressman Larry Hopkins, (R-Ky).