Vince Callahan

Vincent Francis Callahan Jr. (October 30, 1931 – September 20, 2014) was 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.

Vince Callahan
Delegate Callahan 1988.jpg
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 34th district
In office
January 12, 1983 – January 9, 2008
Preceded byGeorge W. Jones
John Watkins
Robert E. Russell
Succeeded byMargaret Vanderhye
Minority Leader of the
Virginia House of Delegates
In office
January 13, 1982 – December 3, 1985
Preceded byJerry H. Geisler
Succeeded byAndy Guest
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 49th district
In office
January 13, 1982 – January 12, 1983
Serving with Robert Andrews & Gwen Cody
Preceded byBobby Scott
Succeeded byWarren G. Stambaugh
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 18th district
In office
January 10, 1968 – January 13, 1982
Preceded byLarry Short
Succeeded byAndy Guest
Personal details
Vincent Francis Callahan Jr.

(1931-10-30)October 30, 1931
Washington, D.C., U.S.
DiedSeptember 20, 2014(2014-09-20) (aged 82)
Arlington, Virginia, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Dorothy Budge
Yvonne Weight
Alma materGeorgetown University (BS)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/serviceUnited States Marine Corps
United States Coast Guard
Years of service1950–1952 (USMC)
1959–1963 (USCG)
Battles/warsKorean War

Early lifeEdit

Callahan was born in 1931 in Washington, D.C.[1] He 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, he 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 DelegatesEdit

Callahan was first elected to the House of Delegates in 1967. In 1969, a Republican landslide year, Callahan, three other Republicans and Democrat Clive L. DuVal II, outpolled the second leading Democratic candidate Dorothy Shoemaker McDiarmid (who would be returned to the legislature in the next election).[2] Callahan joined the Appropriations Committee in 1972; McDiarmid also served on that committee and served as its chair before her retirement in 1989.

Callahan was considered a moderate Republican and was relatively popular in his district. While he introduced legislation to restrict the death penalty to those 18 and older,[3] Callahan introduced a bill to ban all stem-cell research in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He also 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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

2007 election and retirementEdit

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 March 6, 2007, Callahan announced that he would not run for re-election in November 2007.[4]

Callahan 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.[citation needed]


On September 20, 2014, Callahan died of West Nile virus at the age of 82.[5][6]


  1. ^ a b c "Vince Callahan profile". Project Vote Smart. 2008. Retrieved September 17, 2013.
  2. ^ "Virginia Elections Database » 1969 House of Delegates General Election District 27". Retrieved 6 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Delegate Vincent F. Callahan, Jr.: Legislation as Chief Patron". Legislative Information System of the Virginia General Assembly. 2006. Retrieved November 29, 2006.
  4. ^ "Callahan to retire after 40 years". The Washington Times. March 5, 2007. Retrieved March 7, 2007.
  5. ^ "Longtime Va. legislator Vincent F. Callahan Jr. dies at 82". The Washington Post. Retrieved 6 October 2016.
  6. ^ Notice of death of Vince Callahan Archived 2014-09-22 at the Wayback Machine,; accessed September 20, 2014.

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