Charlie Wilson (Ohio politician)

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Charlie Wilson
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 6th district
In office
January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2011
Preceded by Ted Strickland
Succeeded by Bill Johnson
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 30th district
In office
January 3, 2005 – December 31, 2006
Preceded by Greg DiDonato
Succeeded by Jason Wilson
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 96th district
In office
January 3, 2003 – January 3, 2005
Preceded by Nancy Hollister
Succeeded by Allan Sayre
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 99th district
In office
January 3, 1997 – January 3, 2003
Preceded by Jack Cera
Succeeded by George Distel
Personal details
Born (1943-01-18)January 18, 1943
Martins Ferry or Dillonvale, Ohio, U.S.
Died April 14, 2013(2013-04-14) (aged 70)
Boynton Beach, Florida, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Clara Wilson (m. 1963; div. 1990)
Children
Residence St. Clairsville, Ohio
Alma mater
Occupation
Religion Roman Catholic
Nickname(s) Charlie

Charles A. "Charlie" Wilson, Jr.[1] (January 18, 1943 – April 14, 2013) was the former U.S. Representative for Ohio's 6th congressional district. He was a member of the Democratic Party. He previously served in the Ohio State Senate and the Ohio House of Representatives. On November 2, 2010, Wilson lost his bid for a third term in Congress after being defeated by Republican Bill Johnson by a 50–45% margin.

Early life, education, and business career[edit]

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

Ohio legislature[edit]

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[edit]

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

Elections[edit]

2006

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 Ohio 6th.[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]

2008

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

2010

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]

2012

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 is listed as one of the most competitive in the country. It is 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 are 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 28th, 2012.[21] Wilson's 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]

Tenure[edit]

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 not 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 require 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][29]

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.[30][31]

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

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[edit]

Ohio's 6th congressional district: 2006 results[32]
Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct
2006 Charles A. Wilson, Jr. 135,628 62% Chuck Blasdel 82,848 38%
2008 Charles A. Wilson, Jr. 172,037 62% Richard Stobbs 90,632 33%
2010 Charles A. Wilson, Jr. 92,823 45% Bill Johnson 103,170 50%
2012 Charles A. Wilson, Jr. 144,444 47% Bill Johnson 164,536 53%

Personal life[edit]

Wilson had four sons and nine grandchildren.[33] 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".[34] 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.[35][36]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NOMINEES FOR THE OFFICE OF UNITED STATES SENATOR AND FOR THE OFFICE OF UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE IN THE ONE HUNDRED TENTH CONGRESS". US House of Representatives. October 31, 2006. Retrieved 2013-04-16. 
  2. ^ "WILSON, Charlie – Biographical Information". bioguide.congress.gov. Retrieved 28 July 2011. 
  3. ^ Cahn, Emily (April 14, 2013). "Ex-Rep. Charlie Wilson of Ohio Dies at 70". Roll Call. Retrieved 2013-04-15. 
  4. ^ "Democratic Ohio House of Representatives: March 19, 1996". Sos.state.oh.us. 1996-03-19. Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
  5. ^ "OH State House 99 Race - Nov 03, 1998". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
  6. ^ "OH State House 99 Race - Nov 07, 2000". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
  7. ^ "OH State House 96 Race - Nov 05, 2002". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
  8. ^ "OH State Senate 30 D Primary Race - Mar 02, 2004". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
  9. ^ "OH State Senate 30 Race - Nov 02, 2004". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
  10. ^ "OH State Senate 30 Race - Nov 04, 2008". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
  11. ^ "Representative Charlie Wilson", House.gov, URL retrieved 25 July 2007
  12. ^ [1][dead link]
  13. ^ Primary election results, sos.state.oh.us, URL retrieved 23 December 2007
  14. ^ "OH - District 06 Race - Nov 07, 2006". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
  15. ^ "OH - District 06 Race - Nov 04, 2008". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
  16. ^ "OH - District 06 Race - Nov 02, 2010". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
  17. ^ Wilson staff's exit bonuses called into question. Lisbon Morning Journal. http://www.morningjournalnews.com/page/content.detail/id/531229/Wilson-staff-s-exit-bonuses---called-into-question.html?nav=5006
  18. ^ "Former Rep. Charlie Wilson will seek rematch in Ohio". TheHill. 2011-11-30. Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
  19. ^ New York Times House Race Ratings. http://elections.nytimes.com/2012/ratings/house
  20. ^ Wilson Says He Voted Against Obama on Issues. http://www.theintelligencer.net/page/content.detail/id/572015/Wilson-Says-He-Also-Voted-Against-Obama-s-Issues.html?nav=515
  21. ^ Obama, Romney Mine for Swing Voters in Ohio. http://www.npr.org/2012/09/28/161934809/mining-for-swing-votes-in-battleground-ohio
  22. ^ Weigel, Dave (28 September 2012). ""I never said we were FactCheck"". Slate. Retrieved 10 October 2012. 
  23. ^ Health care Reactions Divided. Marietta Times. http://mariettatimes.com/page/content.detail/id/545087/Health-care-ruling-reactions-divided.html
  24. ^ Harris, Linda (7 November 2012). "Johnson gets second term in 6th congressional district". hsconnect.com (Steubenville Herald-Star). Retrieved 9 November 2012. 
  25. ^ "Blue Dog Coalition", House.gov, URL retrieved 25 July 2007
  26. ^ "Wilson named 'Blue Dog of the Week'" April 2, 2007, House.gov, URL retrieved 23 December 2007
  27. ^ Olka. "Updating The Health Care Whip Count – Hotline On Call". Hotlineoncall.nationaljournal.com. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  28. ^ "Tamper-Resistant Pads Could Prove a Pain", Time.com, URL retrieved 25 July 2007
  29. ^ "Wilson Introduces Patient and Pharmacists Protection Act of 2007", House.gov, URL retrieved 22 December 2007
  30. ^ H.R.3668, thomas.loc.gov, URL retrieved 22 December 2007
  31. ^ "Wilson Fought and Won Protection for Patients and Pharmacists", House.gov, URL retrieved 22 December 2007
  32. ^ "Election Statistics". Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Retrieved 2008-01-10. 
  33. ^ Gardner, Ralph (2014-03-14). "Social Planner". Nymag.com. Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
  34. ^ Skolnik, David (April 10, 2013). "Ex-congressman Wilson continues recovery in rehab". Youngstown, OH: Vindy.com. Retrieved 2013-04-15. 
  35. ^ AP (2013-04-15). "Former Ohio congressman Charlie Wilson dies at 70". Usatoday.com. Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
  36. ^ "Former Congressman Charlie Wilson Dies". The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register. April 14, 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-15. 

External links[edit]

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Ted Strickland
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 6th congressional district

2007–2011
Succeeded by
Bill Johnson