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Ann Callis
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U.S. House, Illinois, District 13
Former Candidate
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Ann Callis was a Democratic candidate for the United States House of Representatives in the 2014 election. Callis ran in the 13th Congressional District of Illinois.[1][2] Callis was defeated by incumbent Rodney Davis (R) in the general election.[3] She defeated George Gollin and David Green in the Democratic primary on March 18, 2014.[4]

Callis was the chief judge of the Third Circuit of Illinois. She became chief judge in 2006 and was retained in 2012, but announced her resignation from the court on May 3, 2013 in order to run for Illinois' 13th Congressional District.[5][6][7] She officially announced her candidacy on May 8th, 2013.[2]


Callis was the chief judge of the Third Circuit of Illinois. At the time of her selection for the court, she was the youngest of 21 candidates. In the same year, she was given the "lowest rating for legal ability among 152 judges in Illinois outside of Chicago."[8] According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, prior to Callis' appointment there were "months of reports she had the job locked up because of her influential father" and she "was dogged early in her career by allegations that she got to the bench because of her influential father."[9]

She was a resident circuit judge in Edwardsville, Illinois. She was appointed to the position in 2001 after having served as an Associate Judge since 1995. She became chief judge in 2006. She was retained in 2012, but announced her resignation from the court on May 3, 2013.[10][6][11]


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,



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 will face off in the general election on November 4, 2014.[4]

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.[14]

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.[15] Her campaign has been supported by Nancy Pelosi, who has appeared at campaign rallies on Callis' behalf.>ref>Sun Times, "Pelosi hits Chicago to rally women for Callis, Schneider," June 3, 2014</ref>

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 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.[16]

Ann Callis (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[17]July 15, 2013$0.00$226,076.07$(14,787.31)$211,288.76
October Quarterly[18]October 16, 2013$211,288.76$240,873.12$(81,986.38)$370,175.50
Year-end[19]January 31, 2014$370,175$258,834$(111,880)$517,129
Pre-Primary[20]March 6, 2014$517,129$101,796$(169,429)$449,495
April Quarterly[21]April 15, 2014$449,495$188,804$(124,402)$513,897
July Quarterly[22]July 15, 2014$513,897.00$335,495.00$(132,189.00)$717,204.00
Running totals

Personal Life

She is the daughter of influential attorney and Democratic Party activist Lance Callis.[23]

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."[24][25] 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.[24]

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  1. Belleville News-Democrat, "Chief Judge Callis resigns; Gill declines to run in 13th District again" accessed May 6, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 Belleville News-Democrat, "Callis confirms she will run for Congress" accessed May 9, 2013
  3. Politico, "House Elections Results," accessed November 11, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 Associated Press, "Primary Election 2014," accessed March 18, 2014
  5. Illinois Courts: Judges of the Third Judicial Circuit
  6. 6.0 6.1 Judge Ann Callis campaign website: Biography
  7., "Chief Judge Callis resigns; Gill declines to run in 13th District again," May 3, 2013
  8. "St Louis Post-Dispatch","New Judge Gets Low Marks in Poll", April 27, 1995
  9. "St Louis Post-Dispatch","A year and half out, Callis makes it official for Congress" May 6, 2013
  10. Illinois Courts: Judges of the Third Judicial Circuit
  11., "Chief Judge Callis resigns; Gill declines to run in 13th District again," May 3, 2013
  12. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed September 15, 2014
  13. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  14. News Gazette, "Callis announces run for 13th District," May 7, 2013
  15. Roll Call;, "Democrats Launch New Program for House Recruits," May 9, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Ann Callis 2014 Summary reports," accessed November 6, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed November 6, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 5, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Pre-Primary," accessed May 14, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed May 14, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 14, 2014
  23. "St Louis Post Dispatch," "New Judge Has Name Influential in Politics," accessed August 3, 2014
  24. 24.0 24.1 "New York Times", "How Not to Seem Rich While Running for Office" April 8, 2014
  25. "The Pantagraph","Records: Congressional candidate was late on property taxes" November 14, 2013