Ann Callis

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Court Information:
Illinois Third Judicial Circuit Court
Title:   Former judge
Active:   2001-2013
Chief:   2006-2013
Past position:   Associate judge, Third Circuit
Past term:   1995-2001
Personal History
Undergraduate:   St. Louis University
Law School:   St. Louis University School of Law
Candidate 2012:
Candidate for:  Third Circuit Court
State:  Illinois
Election information 2012:
Incumbent:  Yes
Election date:  November 6, 2012
Retention vote %:  68.6% ApprovedA

Ann Callis was the chief judge of the Third Circuit Court in Illinois. She was a resident circuit judge serving in Edwardsville.[1]

Callis was appointed to this position in 2001 after having served as an associate judge since 1995. She became chief judge in 2006 and was retained in 2012, but announced her resignation from the court on May 3, 2013.[1][2]

Callis announced her intention to run in the Democratic primary for Illinois' 13th Congressional District, U.S. House of Representatives, in 2014.[3]


She is the daughter of influential attorney and Democratic Party activist Lance Callis.[4]

The New York Times reported that “According to statements of economic interest filed with the state supreme court through 2012, Callis reported owning properties in Troy, St. Louis, Breckenridge, Colo. and Scottsdale, Ariz. The combined value of all four is approximately $1.9 million.” According to The Pantagraph, Callis "has a history of failing to pay her property taxes on time."[5][6] In a New York Times article, titled "How Not to Seem Rich While Running for Office," Callis was noted for borrowing tales of financial hardship from her parents and grandparents since she had not experienced such hardship herself.[5]


Callis received her undergraduate and J.D. degrees from St. Louis University.[1]


Callis is a former prosecutor for the State's Attorney's office of Madison and St. Clair counties. In 1995, she was appointed an associate judge of the Third Circuit Court. She was promoted to circuit judge in 2001.[1]



See also: Illinois' 13th Congressional District elections, 2014

Illinois' 13th Congressional District was a battleground district in 2014 due to the very small margin of victory in the last congressional and presidential election in the district. Incumbent Rodney Davis defeated Michael Firsching and Erika Harold in the Republican primary. In the Democratic primary, Ann Callis triumphed over George Gollin and David Green. Davis and Callis faced each other in the general election on November 4, 2014.[7][8]

U.S. House, Illinois District 13 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRodney Davis Incumbent 58.7% 123,337
     Democratic Ann Callis 41.3% 86,935
Total Votes 210,272
Source: Illinois Secretary of State Official Results

The day that Callis announced her candidacy, potential primary challenger David Gill was given an appointment to the Illinois Department of Public Health by Democratic Governor Pat Quinn.[9]

Callis was a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Jumpstart program, which was designed to provide early support to top-tier Democratic challengers.[10] Her campaign was supported by Nancy Pelosi, who has appeared at campaign rallies on Callis' behalf.[11]

U.S. House, Illinois District 13 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAnn Callis 54.7% 17,322
George Gollin 31.3% 9,935
David Green 14% 4,438
Total Votes 31,695
Source: Illinois State Board of Elections

Campaign themes

Callis' campaign website listed the following issues:[12]

  • Pragmatic Leadership: "Judge Ann Callis is running for Congress because Washington has become dysfunctional. On important issues to our region like jobs, education, Social Security and Medicare, partisanship outweighs common sense. A proven reformer, Judge Callis saved taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars by streamlining the judiciary budget while working with community leaders across our region to create a foreclosure mediation program and the first Veterans Court in Illinois to improve services."
  • Taxes/Deficit: "Ann Callis believes that Washington needs to find ways to cut the deficit responsibly – not on the backs of middle-class families, and not while providing massive tax cuts for millionaires and corporations that ship jobs overseas. In order to help businesses grow and create jobs, we need to get our fiscal house in order and give breaks to small businesses that create jobs here at home. We must also not make dangerous cuts to Social Security, Medicare, education or other programs that are vital to the middle class."
  • Medicare and Social Security: "Ann Callis opposes any changes to Medicare and Social Security that affect current or future beneficiaries. Generations of workers have paid into the system and earned their benefits, and they deserve what they've been promised. Proposals to privatize Social Security and turn Medicare into a voucher program are reckless and Ann Callis will oppose any efforts to jeopardize either program. Instead, she supports efforts to crack down on fraud, waste and abuse to find efficiencies that will save money."
  • Jobs and the Economy: "Judge Callis believes Washington’s top priority must be to create good jobs that will keep our middle class strong. Congress should be working to create an environment where small businesses can grow and thrive, not making ill conceived cuts that hamper our fragile economic recovery. From the Mississippi to Decatur to Champaign, we need to do more to support our colleges and universities that can be job incubators and link labor with local business leaders to identify critical skill-set needed to help re-train workers for the local jobs of the future."
  • Fighting for the Middle Class: "When Washington bailed out the big banks they didn't do enough to help middle-class families who were struggling. As a Judge, Callis created a foreclosure mediation program to help keep homeowners in their homes. As a Congresswoman, Ann Callis will work with the district’s numerous manufacturers to see how tax credits and other incentives can help keep this critical part of our state’s economy growing. Rebuilding our local infrastructure and re-training those who are actively looking for work are vital steps toward keeping the middle class secure."


—Ann Callis' campaign website [12]

Campaign donors

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Callis's reports.[14]


Callis was retained to the Illinois Third Judicial Circuit Court on November 6, 2012, with 68.6% of the vote.[21][22]

See also: Illinois judicial elections, 2012

See also

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Official campaign website of Ann Callis, "Biography," archived June 27, 2014
  2., "Chief Judge Callis resigns; Gill declines to run in 13th District again," May 3, 2013
  3. The State Journal-Register, "Bernard Schoenburg: Democrat Callis moving into role as candidate," May 12, 2013
  4. St. Louis Post Dispatch, "New Judge Has Name Influential in Politics," accessed August 3, 2014
  5. 5.0 5.1 New York Times, "How Not to Seem Rich While Running for Office," April 8, 2014
  6. The Pantagraph, "Records: Congressional candidate was late on property taxes," November 14, 2013
  7. Real Clear Politics, "Illinois 13th District - Davis vs. Callis," accessed March 10, 2015
  8. Roll Call, "Most Fascinating Races of 2014: Illinois’ 13th District," December 25, 2013
  9. News Gazette, "Callis announces run for 13th District," May 7, 2013
  10. Roll Call;, "Democrats Launch New Program for House Recruits," May 9, 2013
  11. Sun Times, "Pelosi hits Chicago to rally women for Callis, Schneider," June 3, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 Official campaign website of Ann Callis, "Issues," archived June 27, 2014
  13. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Ann Callis 2014 Summary reports," accessed November 6, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed November 6, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 5, 2014
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Pre-Primary," accessed May 14, 2014
  19. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed May 14, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 14, 2014
  21. Illinois Board of Elections, "November 6, 2012 Official Vote," accessed March 10, 2015 Scroll to p.164
  22. Madison County Board of Elections, "Sample Ballot 2012," accessed March 10, 2015