Charlie Wilson (Ohio Politician)
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Charlie Wilson Ohio Politician

Charlie Wilson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 6th district

January 3, 2007 - January 3, 2011
Ted Strickland
Bill Johnson
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 30th district

January 3, 2005 - December 31, 2006
Greg DiDonato
Jason Wilson
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 96th district

January 3, 2003 - January 3, 2005
Nancy Hollister
Allan Sayre
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 99th district

January 3, 1997 - January 3, 2003
Jack Cera
George Distel
Personal details
Born(1943-01-18)January 18, 1943
Martins Ferry, Ohio, U.S.
DiedApril 14, 2013(2013-04-14) (aged 70)
Boynton Beach, Florida, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Clara Wilson
(m. 1963; div. 1990)
Relatives9 grandchildren
ResidenceSt. Clairsville, Ohio
Alma mater

Charles A. Wilson Jr.[1] (January 18, 1943 - April 14, 2013) was an American politician who served as a U.S. Representative for Ohio's 6th congressional district. A member of the Democratic Party, he previously served in the Ohio State Senate and the Ohio House of Representatives.

Early life, education, and business career

Wilson was born on January 18, 1943 in either Martins Ferry, Ohio[2] or Dillonvale, Ohio.[3] He was a graduate of Ohio University and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science class of 1967. He was a small business owner and was president of Wilson Funeral Homes and Wilson Furniture Store.[]

Ohio legislature

Wilson ran for Ohio's 99th House District in 1996. He defeated William L. Thomas in the Democratic primary 54%-46%.[4] He won the general election and re-election in 1998 (50%),[5] 2000 (68%),[6] and 2002 (62%).[7]

In 2004, he ran for the Ohio Senate when incumbent Democrat Greg DiDonato of the 30th District decided to retire after redistricting. In the Democratic primary, he defeated State Representative Jerry Krupinski 67%-33%.[8] He won the general election with 67% of the vote.[9] When he decided to retire to run for the U.S. House of Representatives, his son Jason Wilson replaced him.[10]

U.S. House of Representatives

Wilson had offices in: Canfield, Wellsville, Marietta, Bridgeport and Ironton, Ohio.[11]



In 2006, incumbent Democratic U.S. Congressman Ted Strickland decided to retire to run for Governor of Ohio. Wilson decided to run for the open seat in Ohio's 6th congressional district. Ohio state law requires that a candidate for Congress submit 50 valid signatures from constituents in his district to qualify for a place on the primary ballot. When Wilson's signatures were verified by the Columbiana County Board of Elections, only 46 of the 93 signatures submitted could be verified as legal residents of the 6th district.[12]

As such, for the Democratic primary on May 2, 2006, Charlie Wilson's name did not appear on the ballot. Wilson's campaign launched a massive effort, aided by the national party and organized labor, to 'write-in' Charlie Wilson's name in the primary. The campaign was successful, with Wilson winning 66% of the Democratic vote against two opponents.[13] Wilson defeated Republican State Representative Chuck Blasdel 62%-38%.[14]


Wilson defeated Republican Richard Stobbs 62%-33%.[15]


Wilson was defeated by Republican U.S. Air Force veteran Bill Johnson 50%-45%.[16]

Following the 2010 campaign, Wilson was criticized for giving his staff large bonuses with taxpayer money as he was ending his term. Congressman Wilson's staff payroll increased by 49.7% from the previous payroll quarter, indicating that his staff did indeed receive hefty taxpayer funded bonuses.[17]


In November 2011, Wilson filed to run a rematch against Johnson in the newly redrawn 6th Congressional District.[18]

The race for Ohio's 6th Congressional District was listed as one of the most competitive in the country. It was one of the 24 toss-up races in the New York Times 2012 House Race Ratings.[19] Some of the major issues in the race were jobs and the economy, health care, and energy.[20] On the issue of coal, Wilson told NPR that "We don't need to fire Obama and we don't need to stop the war on coal", in an interview on September 28, 2012.[21]

His spokesman said the candidate was being sarcastic, calling the comments "the farthest thing from the truth. Charlie has fought against both administrations, both the Bush administration and the Obama administration in the battle for coal."[22]

When asked about the Supreme Court ruling on President Obama's health care law, Wilson said he viewed the tax as a way of encouraging people to buy insurance and was quoted saying: "I look at it as a way of directing people into what would be a good decision for them,"[23]

On November 6, 2012, Wilson was defeated by Johnson 53% to 47% in the rematch of their 2010 race in a slightly more Republican-leaning district, drawn after the 2010 census.[24]


Blue Dog Coalition

After entering office, Wilson joined the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of moderate and conservative congressional Democrats.[25] Wilson was named Blue Dog of the Week on April 2, 2007.[26] Wilson voted "Yes" on the Senate version of the health care bill.[27]

Medicaid tamper-resistant prescription pads

Along with Rep. Marion Berry (D-AR) and Rep. Mike Ross (D-AR), Wilson introduced H.R.3090 in July 2007 to counteract a provision tucked away in the Iraq Spending Bill. The provision required that all Medicaid prescriptions be written on "tamper-resistant pads" effective October 1, 2007. The provision was put in place to combat Medicaid prescription fraud, but it may have unintended consequences. For example, the pads may not be widely available, nor is there a good definition of what they are. If pharmacists fill prescriptions that are not written on the special pads they risk not getting reimbursed through Medicaid.

Wilson's bill would have required that only Class II narcotics prescriptions, like OxyContin, be written on tamper-resistant pads. "This will prevent the most dangerous fraud without preventing those in need from receiving their everyday medications," Wilson said.[28]

While the above action in pending action by the Subcommittee on Health, a six-month delay in the effective date was passed as part of H.R. 3668.[28][29]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Congressman Wilson was a member of the Rural Caucus, Sportsmen's Caucus, and the Steel Caucus. He assumed a leadership position in the Steel Caucus, serving as a member of the executive board.[]

Electoral history

Ohio's 6th congressional district: 2006 results[30]
Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct
2006 135,628 62% Chuck Blasdel 82,848 38%
2008 172,037 62% Richard Stobbs 90,632 33%
2010 Charles A. Wilson, Jr. 92,823 45% 103,170 50%
2012 Charles A. Wilson, Jr. 144,444 47% 164,536 53%

Personal life

Wilson had four sons and nine grandchildren.[31] His son, Jason, served in the Ohio Senate.

On February 21, 2013, Wilson suffered a brain aneurysm while vacationing in West Palm Beach, Florida, and was put into a medically induced coma. In early March, he entered a rehabilitation facility in Florida and had been "doing much better".[32] On April 13, Wilson was admitted to a hospital in Boynton Beach, Florida after feeling ill. He died on April 14 of complications from the earlier stroke. He was 70.[33][34]


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  23. ^ "Health Care Ruling Reactions Divided". Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved 2012.
  24. ^ Harris, Linda (November 7, 2012). "Johnson gets second term in 6th congressional district". Steubenville Herald-Star. Retrieved 2012.
  25. ^ "Blue Dogs Expose Unknown Administration Budget Report; Call for Honesty, Accountability, and Transparency in Budget". The Blue Dog Coalition. March 2, 2006. Archived from the original on December 28, 2006. Retrieved 2015.
  26. ^ "PRESS RELEASE: Wilson Named "Blue Dog Of The Week"". House.Gov. April 2, 2007. Archived from the original on December 6, 2010. Retrieved 2015.
  27. ^ Olka. "Updating The Health Care Whip Count - Hotline On Call". Archived from the original on February 24, 2012. Retrieved 2010.
  28. ^ a b "PRESS RELEASE: Wilson Introduces Patient And Pharmacists Protection Act Of 2007". House.Gov. July 19, 2007. Archived from the original on December 7, 2010. Retrieved 2015.
  29. ^ H.R.3668,; retrieved June 22, 2017.
  30. ^ "Election Statistics". Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Archived from the original on July 25, 2007. Retrieved .
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  32. ^ Skolnik, David (April 10, 2013). "Ex-congressman Wilson continues recovery in rehab". Youngstown, OH: Retrieved 2013.
  33. ^ AP (April 15, 2013). "Former Ohio congressman Charlie Wilson dies at 70". Retrieved 2014.
  34. ^ "Former Congressman Charlie Wilson Dies". The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register. April 14, 2013. Retrieved 2013.

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