Recently we received the sad news that our former colleague Sonny Callahan, who ably represented Alabama's First Congressional District for 18 years, passed away. Sonny was a part of our firm for most of his retirement years, and we will miss him tremendously.
There was so much about Sonny that made him not only an effective Member of Congress but also a wonderful person and valued member of our firm. During his time in Congress, he was widely respected for his strong compass and canny approach to passing important legislation. On the personal side, Sonny was probably the best storyteller I've ever known.
Not surprisingly, respect for Sonny among other Members of Congress was universal and included officials from both parties and across the political spectrum. After leaving Congress and joining our firm, Sonny preferred to stay in Alabama. He had enough travel during almost two decades in Congress, including much international travel when he chaired the Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee. When he picked up the phone on a client's behalf, we and our clients knew that we had the best advocate in Washington.
For more about Sonny's life, click here for a hometown obituary. For Alabama Governor Kay Ivey's touching statement on Sonny's passing, in which she called him “one of South Alabama’s most beloved public servants,” click here.
Rest in peace, Sonny. All of us will deeply miss you.
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