Vince Callahan

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Vince Callahan
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 34th district
In office
January 12, 1983 – January 9, 2008
Preceded by John C. Watkins
Succeeded by Margaret G. Vanderhye
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 49th district
In office
January 13, 1982 – January 12, 1983
Preceded by Robert C. Scott
Succeeded by Warren G. Stambaugh
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 18th district
In office
January 12, 1972 – January 13, 1982
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 27th district
In office
January 10, 1968 – January 12, 1972
Personal details
Born (1931-10-30) October 30, 1931 (age 82)
Washington, D.C.
Political party Republican
Residence McLean, Virginia
Religion Roman Catholic

Vincent Francis "Vince" Callahan Jr. (born October 30, 1931 in Washington, D.C.)[1] is an American politician who served for 40 years as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates. From January 1968 to January 2008, he represented the 34th district, which covers McLean, Great Falls, Tysons Corner, and parts of Herndon and Vienna. At the time of his retirement, he was the longest-serving Republican in the Virginia General Assembly.

Early life[edit]

Callahan served as a Marine in Korea from 1950 to 1952.[1] He attended Georgetown University and earned a B.S. in Foreign Service in 1957. After serving four years as a lieutenant in the Coast Guard, Callahan ran for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia in 1965, but lost to Fred G. Pollard. He ran for Delegate in 1967 and won. He was an unsuccessful candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976.[1]

House of Delegates[edit]

Callahan was considered by many to be a moderate Republican and was relatively popular in his district.[citation needed] While he introduced legislation to restrict the death penalty to those 18 and older,[2] Callahan also introduced a bill to ban all stem-cell research in the Commonwealth of Virginia. In addition, Callahan introduced legislation in 2007 that would have increased the minimum wage in Virginia. He was awarded the Equality Public Servant Award by Equality Virginia, a gay-rights group which rarely supports Republicans.[3][dead link]

Prior to 2007, he had last been challenged in 2001 by Dale Evans, a real estate agent, and won with 60.05% of the vote.[4][dead link]

Community work[edit]

Callahan has been involved in dozens of community and civic organizations. Previously he was President of the Kiwanis Club of McLean, Director of the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Northern Virginia Community Foundation, Director of the Northern Virginia Community College Education Foundation, and founding Trustee of the McLean Citizen Foundation. He is Chairman Emeritus of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation and a member of the American Legion.

He has received several awards including an honorary degree in Humane Letters from Northern Virginia Community College, an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters from Marymount University, and the Lord Botetourt Award from the College of William and Mary.

2007 election and retirement[edit]

As the only Republican state legislator within the Capital Beltway, Callahan was considered a target by Democrats keen to secure their hold on Northern Virginia. On 2007-03-06, Callahan announced that he would not run for re-election in November 2007.[5]

He endorsed his former legislative aide for appropriations Dave Hunt to succeed him but Hunt lost to Margaret Vanderhye, the Democratic candidate, in the November election.[6][dead link]

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