Former Congressman Charlie Wilson Dies

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

The Wilson family released the following public service arrangements for former Congressman Charlie Wilson:

Friends will be received at Bridgeport School District Auditorium:

Saturday, April 20 from 2 p.m. -  8 p.m.

Sunday, April 21 from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.

A vigil service to be held at Bridgeport School District Auditorium:

Sunday, April 21 at 4 p.m.

Friends are then invited to attend a visitation and Liturgy with Mass at St. Mary’s Catholic Church:

Monday, April 22 at 9:30 a.m.

Liturgy with Mass
Monday, April 22 at 10 a.m.

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

Dean’s Office
45425 National Road W.
St. Clairsville, OH 43950  


Bridgeport School District Auditorium
55707 Industrial Dr.
Bridgeport, Ohio 43912 

St. Mary’s Catholic Church
226 W. Main
St. Clairsville, Ohio 43950

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Former Ohio Congressman Charlie Wilson died Sunday at a Florida hospital following complications from a recent stroke.

Wilson, 70, represented southeastern Ohio in Washington for two terms starting in 2006 when he won the seat vacated by Gov. Ted Strickland.

Wilson had failed to gather enough petition signatures to qualify for the state's primary, requiring him to run as a write-in. He lost bids for Congress in 2010 and 2012.

Before being elected to Congress, Wilson served in the Ohio House from 1997 to 2005. He then served two years in the Ohio Senate.

A spokesperson says Wilson’s family was at his side when died about 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

The Wilson family released the following statement regarding his passing:

“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.”

Former Congressman Wilson was readmitted to the hospital Saturday night. Wilson suffered the stroke back on February 21 while on vacation in Florida.

Funeral details are not yet set.

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