Headlines have reported, Senator Charles J. Colgan dead at 90. The aviator and businessman succumbed to a vascular ailment.
“Chuck was a champion in the Virginia Senate for the people of Prince William County and the entire Commonwealth,” Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said. “His passionate and bipartisan approach to getting things done should serve as an example for all of us as we continue the work he and so many undertook and passed forward to us.” (via The Washington Post)
Get to know more about Senator Colgan.
Senator Charles J. Colgan dead: Personal life
- Orphaned at the age of 5, his grandparents raised him on a farm in Garrett County, Maryland.
- He enlisted in the US Army Air Corps and served active duty in February 1945.
- He returned to Maryland upon completing military service. That’s where he met and married his Agnes.
- In 1948, Colgan and his wife moved to Washington, D.C. He trained as an airplane mechanic working for Capital Airlines and then obtained his commercial pilot’s license. (via Wikipedia)
- The founder of Colgan Air, a regional commuter airline based in Manassas, he claimed the distinction of being the general assembly’s sole licensed airplane mechanic.
Senator Charles J. Colgan dead: political career
- The Democrat, Mr. Colgan election to the Virginia Senate in 1975 and represented fast-growing areas including Manassas and Manassas Park, also to parts of Prince William County.
- Colgan is the only Senator from Prince William County to serve as the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and President Pro Tempore of the Senate. Because of his seniority, from 2005 to 2011 Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park received more transportation funds than any other jurisdiction in the commonwealth.
- As a moderate Democrat, Colgan is known for working on both sides of the aisle. His bipartisan style is respected throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.
- Per Potomac Local, Colgan retired from the Virginia State Senate last year. Virginia State Senator Jeremy McPike replaced him.