Prince William Sen. Charles J. Colgan (D), the Virginia Senate’s longest-serving member, says he is still making up his mind about whether to run for a 10th term in November.

(By Tracy A. Woodward/The Washington Post)

In a brief interview, Colgan, 84, denied a blog report that he has decided to retire. Instead, he said he needs a little more time to think about the decision and discuss it with his family. He said he will probably make an announcement about his intentions after Memorial Day.

“I haven’t made up my mind,” he said. “I’m going to spend the weekend with my family, and I’ll be making a decision next week.”

Colgan is chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, the chamber’s most powerful panel, in charge of writing the state budget. Battling cancer, Colgan had said a year ago that he would probably not seek reelection (“I'm not Strom Thurmond,” he said then.)

But in recent months, his health has improved, and fellow Democrats have been urging him to run to help the party retain its razor-thin 22 to 18 majority in the Senate. If Colgan retires, Republicans would mount an aggressive effort to take his seat.

A veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps and the Air Force, Colgan founded regional air carrier Colgan Air. He no longer owns the airline.