Former Congressman Charlie Wilson Passes Away

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Former area Congressman Charlie Wilson passed away Sunday at the age of 70 in a Florida hospital with his family by his side.

Wilson was re-admitted to the hospital Saturday night, and succumbed to complications associated with a stroke he suffered in late February.

The fatal hemorrhage followed a stroke suffered Feb. 21 while Wilson was vacationing in Florida. Wilson was in recovery at the Cornell Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine.

Rep. Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) released the following statement Sunday regarding the passing of former Congressman Charlie Wilson:

“LeeAnn and I were saddened to hear of the passing of former Congressman Charlie Wilson. Although Charlie and I were political opponents, we were never enemies. He served with honor in the Ohio state legislature and in Congress. We will be making a contribution in his memory to the scholarship fund named for him at Ohio University Eastern and we encourage others to do so, as well. May God’s healing and grace be with Charlie Wilson’s family in this time of sorrow.”

Ohio Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern also released a statement regarding Wilson’s death.

“It is with much sadness that the people of Ohio mourn the loss of Congressman Charlie Wilson. I served with Charlie in the State Legislature for six years and he was a loyal friend in good times and bad. An outspoken advocate for working people, Charlie never wavered in his service to his constituents or his lifelong pursuit to help improve the lives of others. Congressman Wilson will be missed by all those that had the pleasure to meet him and know his kindness. My thoughts and prayers are with Angela Hatfield and the entire Wilson family,” said Redfern in the statement.

Finally, Congressman Tim Ryan issued the following statement on Wilson’s passing:

“I am deeply saddened by the death of my former colleague Congressman Charlie Wilson. My condolences go out to his family and friends. Surely, this is a difficult time for them, and they are in my thoughts and prayers.

“Congressman Wilson was a respected leader in Washington, and in Ohio’s 6th District. He never stopped fighting for his constituents, and was a man of great character. I admired his unwavering dedication to his constituents back home. Ohio has lost a true public servant today.”

Wilson was an auto-worker, before being elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in 1996, where he served until 2004.  After two years in the Ohio Senate, he won a write-in campaign in 2006 to fill the 6th District congressional seat vacated by Gov. Ted Strickland.

Wilson leaves behind four sons and nine grandchildren. The family asks contributions be made in memory of Wilson to the Congressman Charlie Wilson Leadership Program at Ohio University Eastern.

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