Charles Colgan

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Charles Colgan
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Virginia Senate District 29
Incumbent
In office
1976 - Present
Term ends
January 11, 2016
Years in position 38
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$18,000/year
Per diem$180/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First elected1975
Term limitsN/A
Personal
Birthday09/25/1926
Place of birthFrostburg, MD
ProfessionLegislator
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
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Charles J. Colgan (b. September 25, 1926) is a Democratic member of the Virginia State Senate, representing District 29. He was first elected to the chamber in 1975. He has served as President Pro Tempore. Colgan announced in an interview in June 2014 that he would not be seeking re-election in 2015.[1]

Biography

Colgan served in the U.S. Army Air Corp. and the Air Force.

Committee assignments

2014-2015

At the beginning of the 2014 legislative session, Colgan served on the following committees:

Virginia Committee Assignments, 2014
Finance, Co-Chair
Commerce and Labor
General Laws and Technology
Transportation
Senate Rules

2012-2013

In the 2012-2013 legislative session, Colgan served on the following committees:

2010-2011

In the 2010-2011 legislative session, Colgan served on the following committees:

Elections

2011

See also: Virginia State Senate elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, Colgan won re-election to District 29 of the Virginia State Senate. He was unchallenged in the August 23 primary and ran unopposed in the November 8 general election.[2]

Virginia State Senate, District 29 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCharles Colgan Incumbent 55.1% 13,365
     Republican Tom Gordy 44.9% 10,875
Total Votes 24,240

2007

See also: Virginia State Senate elections, 2007

On Nov. 6, 2007, Colgan won re-election to the 29th District Seat in the Virginia State Senate, defeating opponent Robert Fitzsimmonds (R).[3]

Colgan raised $542,152 for his campaign while Fitzsimmonds raised $473,577.[4]

Virginia State Senate, District 29 (2007)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Charles Colgan (D) 21,010 54.10%
Robert Fitzsimmonds (R) 17,766 45.75%

Campaign donors

2011

In 2011, Colgan received $529,971 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[5]

Virginia State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Charles Colgan's campaign in 2011
Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus$198,210
Virginia Democratic Party$152,321
Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association$9,500
Alpha Natural Resources$8,000
Saslaw For State Senate Senator Richard L$5,000
Total Raised in 2011 $529,971
Total Votes received in 2011 13,365
Cost of each vote received $39.65

2007

Below are Charles' top five campaign contributors in the 2007 election:

Contributor 2007 total
Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus $65,144
Capital Aviation Instrument Corporation $35,000
One Virginia $30,000
Moving Virginia Forward $22,732
Michael J. Colgan $20,000

Scorecards

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2014-2015

In 2014, the Virginia General Assembly was in session from January 8 through March 10. In 2015, the Virginia General Assembly will be in session from January 14 to February 28, 2015.

  • Legislators are scored based on their support of pro-business issues during the 2014 legislative session.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on environmental and conservation issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on business and quality of life issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills that VMA introduced or was part of an coalition that introduced it.

2012-2013

In 2012, the Virginia General Assembly was in regular session from January 11 to March 10. In 2013, the Virginia General Assembly was in session from January 9 to February 25.

  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record on Reproductive Health and Rights.
  • Legislators are scored based on important legislation affecting business and industry.
  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record on the issue of equality.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their voting record on the issues of the principles of life, marriage, parental authority, constitutional government and religious liberty.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on environmental and conservation issues.
  • Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation: 2013 Legislative Scorecard

Personal

Colgan was born in Frostburg, Maryland, on September 25, 1926. Colgan is a member of the Roman Catholic Church.

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Virginia Senate District 29
1976-present
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