Rep. Birmingham served on a special committee that was set up to investigate car schedules, car stops, crowded conditions, and other issues with the Elevated Railway Company ('L'), the Boston Globe reported Jan. 4, 1928, p. 19.
Other members included City Councillor Edward M. Gallagher, Association President Thomas E. Kiley, Lewis L. Martinson, and Louis Sigismund.
The special committee was appointed by the Faneuil Improvement Association to investigate transit in the Brighton district. The associate held its regular meeting on Jan. 3 at the Faneuil Branch Public Library. There were 115 members present at the meeting.
At a previous association meeting, members of the public had complained about poor service, crowd conditions, and lack of car stops on the Elevated Railway transit system.
In response, the company acted to improve car stop facilities in the district and it assured the association that it planned other improvements suggested by the association.
The committee reported that it had studied conditions on various street corners and had made general observations, checking the crowds and counting the cars. The committee concluded that the situation was not as bad as it had been painted, the paper said.
Rep. Birmingham’s bill to apply Sunday observation to Armistice Day was passed by the House by a vote 104 to 100 on Feb. 6, 1929, the Boston Globe reported (Feb. 7, 1929, p. 7).
The bill was a substitute for an adverse committee report, which had recommended against applying Sunday observation to Armistice Day.
Before the vote, Birmingham spoke in favor of the bill, along with Rep. Charles Page of Boston, Rep. John Derham of Uxbridge, and Rep. Alfred Ingalls of Lynn.
Speaking against the bill, Rep. Maynard E. S. Clemons of Wakefield, Rep. Elmer Spear of Everett, Rep. Martha Brooks of Gloucester, Rep. Joseph Finnegan of Boston, and Rep. Clarence Luitwieler.
The bill was set to go to the Senate for further action.
In 1926, Birmingham was one of the representatives who spoke in favor of making Nov. 11, Armistice Day, a legal holiday in the state. The House passed the bill on March 2 by a vote of 111 to 102 (Boston Globe, March 3, 1926, p. 28).