Former Congressman Charlie Wilson has passed away.
Wilson, 70, died Sunday after suffering a stroke earlier this year.
Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern released the following statement Sunday:
“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.”
According to his campaign website, Wilson was born in Dillonvale and attended Ohio University in Athens while working at the Ford Automotive plant in Lorain. He served on the Ohio House of Representatives from 1996 through 2004, when he was elected to Ohio Senate.
He served two years before winning a write-in campaign in 2006, filling the congressional seat vacated by former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland.
He lost his seat in 2010, when he was defeated by Bill Johnson.
He has four sons and nine grandchildren.