June 26, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Prince William County Democratic state Senator Charles J. Colgan plans to retire next year when his term expires.
The longest-serving lawmaker in the General Assembly tells media outlets that he has rejected Governor Terry McAuliffe's requests to run for another term.
The 87-year-old has served in the Senate since 1976.
Republicans currently hold a one-seat advantage in the Senate. Democratic Caucus Chairman Sen. A. Donald McEachin says his party is preparing for Colgan's retirement.
Former Democratic state Sen. Phil Puckett abruptly quit the upper chamber earlier this month.
Colgan's planned retirement was first reported by the Gainesville Times.