Charles Lollar served in the Marine Corps from 1997 to 2003. He was deployed to the Balkans from March through October 1999 as part of Operation Joint Endeavor. Leaving active duty in July 2003, he joined the reserves and served as an intelligence officer at Headquarters Marine Corps. He was then general manager for facility services corporation Cintas.
Lollar, a Tea Party Republican,previously served as Chair of the Charles County Republican Central Committee. He planned to run for Governor of Maryland in 2010, but was prevented from doing so by the state’s requirement that a candidate must have been registered to vote in Maryland for five years. Instead, he sought the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic incumbent Steny Hoyer in Maryland’s 5th congressional district. Lollar won the Republican primary in September 2010 with 58% of the vote. In the general election, Hoyer was re-elected with 64% of the vote to Lollar’s 35%.
Lollar subsequently became the director of the Maryland chapter of Americans for Prosperity, head of the PAC New Day Maryland, spoke at Second Amendment and anti-tax rallies and served as a delegate to the 2012 Republican National Convention.