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Charles Colgan
Charles Colgan.jpg
Virginia Senate District 29
In office
1976 - Present
Term ends
January 11, 2016
Years in position 38
Base salary$18,000/year
Per diem$178/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First elected1975
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Place of birthFrostburg, MD
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
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 served in the U.S. Army Air Corp. and the Air Force.

Committee assignments


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


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



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.[1]

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


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).[2]

Colgan raised $542,152 for his campaign while Fitzsimmonds raised $473,577.[3]

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


In 2011, Colgan received $529,971 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[4]

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


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


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

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