Callahan retiring after 40 years in Virginia Legislature


Del. Vincent F. Callahan Jr. (R-McLean), one of Virginia’s longest-serving members of the General Assembly and chairman of the powerful state House Appropriations Committee, has confirmed he will not run for another term this year.  Callahan, 75, who was first elected to his seat in 1967, declined to reveal his reasons for not running for another two-year term.

“Fairfax is going to lose its single most significant member in the Assembly leadership,” State Sen. Ken Cuccinelli (R-37th) said. “I’ve come to respect and look to Vince as a leader.”

A retired editor and publisher, Callahan is a native of Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of Georgetown University, where he earned a bachelor’s of science degree in foreign service; he attended graduate school at American University. Callahan served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1950 to 1952 and as a lieutenant in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve from 1959 to 1963. He was a Republican candidate for Congress in 1976. After the death of his wife, Dot, in 2005, Callahan married his second wife, Yvonne Weight. He has five children from his first marriage.
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