Former Ohio Congressman Charlie Wilson has passed away in a Florida hospital following complications associated with a stroke suffered in February. Congressman Wilson passed this afternoon at 2:30 EST with his family by his side.
The Wilson family released the following statement regarding the passing of former Congressman Charlie Wilson:
"Throughout his extraordinary life, Congressman Wilson was motivated by a desire to serve his country and a passion for the causes most important to the constituents of Southeast and East Ohio. Congressman Wilson served with honor, dignity and an unwavering sense of civic responsibility to the families of our region. Charlie will be remembered for his boundless energy, his honest approach, and his dedication to improving the lives of our future generations. For 14 years Southeast and East Ohio had a champion serving as their voice in Columbus and Washington and our communities are better places for his service."
The family asks that contributions be made in memory of Charlie to the Congressman Charlie Wilson Leadership Program at Ohio University Eastern. Contributions can be sent to:
Congressman Charlie Wilson Leadership Program
c/o Ohio University Eastern
45425 National Road W.
St. Clairsville, OH 43950
Funeral details are not yet available.
Former Congressman Wilson was readmitted to Bethesda hospital last night and succumbed to his injuries today at 2:30 p.m.
The fatal hemorrhage followed a stroke suffered on February 21st of this year, during a vacation in Florida. Wilson was in recovery at the Cornell Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine.
Born in Dillonvale, Ohio, January 18th, 1943. Charlie was a small business owner of businesses operated throughout the Ohio Valley.
Charlie was educated at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. While still in college, Charlie worked as a UAW member on the assembly line at the Ford Automotive auto plant in Lorain, Ohio. Learning first hand how important a strong labor movement is for America.
Before being elected to Congress, Charlie enjoyed a distinguished record of public service. In 1996, Charlie was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives, where he served until 2004, when he was elected to the Ohio Senate. After two years in the Ohio Senate, Charlie won his historic write-in campaign in 2006, filling the congressional seat vacated by Ohio Governor Ted Strickland.
Charlie is the proud father of four sons and grandfather of nine.
As a proven advocate for the people of Eastern Ohio, Charlie had secured more than $436 million in federal funding for the 6th district. This money funded important projects including airport improvements, small business incubators, and funding for police departments.
As a member of the House Committee on Science and Technology, Charlie was at the forefront of efforts to use American coal to meet American energy needs.