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Charles J. Colgan

Personal data
Date of birthSeptember 25, 1926(age 89)
Place of birthFrostburg, Maryland
Political partyDemocratic
SpouseAgnes Footen
ProfessionFounder, Colgan Air
CommitteesFinance (chair); Commerce and Labor; General Laws and Technology; Rules
ReligionRoman Catholic
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army Air Forces
United States Air Force
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 's 29th district
Assumed office1976
Succeeded byIncumbent

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Charles Joseph "Chuck" Colgan (born September 25, 1926, in Frostburg, Maryland) is an American politician and aviation executive. A Democrat, he was elected to the Senate of Virginia in 1975. He is President pro tempore of the Virginia Senate, and represents the 29th district, which comprises the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park and part of Prince William County. He is the longest-serving member of the Senate.

Colgan ran against Prince William County Clerk of Court Dave Mabie in 2003. Colgan had wanted to retire, but was persuaded by Governor Mark Warner to run again in order to keep the seat in Democratic hands. While most of Northern Virginia swung heavily to the Democrats in the 2000s, Colgan's district in the outer suburbs of Prince William County still has a significant Republican tilt. Four out of five House of Delegates seats in Prince William County are held by Republicans.

Despite his word that 2003 would be Colgan's final campaign, Governor Tim Kaine asked him to run for reelection in the Spring of 2007. Colgan faced Republican Bob FitzSimmonds in the November general election and emerged victorious, winning a ninth Senate term by a 54-46 margin. The Democrats regained control of the Senate in that election. Colgan, as the longest-serving Democratic senator, became President pro tempore and chair of the Finance committee.

Colgan, an 85-year-old cancer survivor, announced that he will seek a 10th term in November 2011. His Republican opponent is U.S. Navy reservist and business owner Tom Gordy.

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