John H. Hager

American businessman and politician

John Henry Hager (August 28, 1936 – August 23, 2020) was an American politician. He was the 37th Lieutenant Governor of Virginia from 1998 to 2002. He was the first person with a disability to be elected to that office.

John H. Hager
37th Lieutenant Governor of Virginia
In office
January 17, 1998 – January 12, 2002
GovernorJim Gilmore
Preceded byDon Beyer
Succeeded byTim Kaine
Chair of the Virginia Republican Party
In office
August 1, 2007 – May 31, 2008
Preceded byEd Gillespie
Succeeded byJeff Frederick
Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
In office
November 21, 2004 – August 1, 2007
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
SecretaryRod Paige
Margaret Spellings
Preceded byRobert Pasternack
Succeeded byTracy Ralph Justesen
Personal details
John Henry Hager

(1936-08-28)August 28, 1936
Durham, North Carolina
DiedAugust 23, 2020(2020-08-23) (aged 83)
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Margaret Chase Hager (1971–2020)
ChildrenJohn Vigil Hager (b. 1973)
Henry Chase Hager (b. 1978)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army

He was an assistant secretary within the United States Department of Education from 2004 to 2007.[1] He also was the chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia from August 2007 until May 2008.

Hager died on August 23, 2020 at the age of 83.[2]


  1. Marquis Who's Who TM. Marquis Who's Who Reproduced in Biography Resource Center (2008). John Henry Hager (Fee). Farmington Hills, Michigan: Gale. Retrieved 2008-04-17. Document Number: K2014485169
  2. Schapiro, Jeff E.; Cain, Andrew (August 23, 2020). "Former Lt. Gov. John H. Hager dies at 83". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved August 23, 2020.