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State Sen. Charles Colgan to Retire

Longest serving member of the General Assembly says he won't seek another term.

Longest serving member of the General Assembly says he won't seek another term. Patch file.
Longest serving member of the General Assembly says he won't seek another term. Patch file.
Sen. Charles Colgan, D-Prince William, the longest serving member of the Virginia General Assembly, will retire next year, according to media reports, including The Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Colgan, 87, has served in the senate since 1976. The District 29 map includes Manassas, Manassas Park, Dale City and portions of Gainesville, Bristow and Woodbridge.

The Washington Post notes that Republicans are interested in picking up the seat to cement their control of the Senate. But the district went to Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, in the 2013 election. 

The Prince William Times notes Colgan has eyed retirement before, but this time he means it.


Donna June 27, 2014 at 11:46 AM
Senator Colgan has represented his district very well and has always been accessible to his constituents. He has been a shining example of the importance of the family unit, which his votes in the Virginia Legislature reflected. Each person who drives the expanded lanes of I-66 between Manassas and Gainesville (and soon to be Haymarket) can thank Senator Colgan for these lanes. When the Commonwealth of Virginia said that no projects over a certain dollar amount could be started due to budget cuts years ago, Senator Colgan was creative enough to break the construction down into smaller projects to meet the dollar amount restrictions. Senator Colgan was also responsible for the installation of traffic light at the intersection of Ashton Avenue & Rixlew Lane in Manassas. VDOT did not think it was necessary to put a traffic light at that interestion even though this intersection services both Stonewall Jackson High School and Ellis Elementary School. In addition, Ashton Avenue is a major commuter route for residents of the City of Manassas. We will certainly miss you, Senator Colgan. Enjoy your retirement!

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