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Charlie Wilson

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 6th district
Assumed office 
January 3, 2007
Preceded by Ted Strickland

Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 30th district
In office
Preceded by Greg DiDonato
Succeeded by Jason Wilson

Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 96th district
In office
Succeeded by Allan Sayre

Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 99th district
In office

Born January 18, 1943 (1943-01-18) (age 67)
Bridgeport, Ohio
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) single
Residence St. Clairsville, Ohio
Alma mater Ohio University
Occupation mortician
Religion Roman Catholic

Charles A. "Charlie" Wilson (b.January 18, 1943 in Bridgeport, Ohio) is a Democratic politician from the U.S State of Ohio. He currently serves in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Wilson was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in 1996 and to the State Senate in 2004. In 2006, he was elected to serve as the U.S. Representative for Ohio's 6th congressional district, the seat formerly held by Ohio Governor Ted Strickland.

Wilson is a graduate of Ohio University and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He has four sons and nine grandchildren.[1] He has spent his career in the funeral home business. He is of no relation to former Texas Congressman Charlie Wilson.

Charlie's son Jason serves in the Ohio State Senate.


Career in the U.S. House of Representatives

Wilson began his career as a United States Representative on January 3, 2007 when the 110th United States Congress was sworn in.

2006 Election

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. [2] As such, during the Democratic primary Election 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 during the Primary Election. The campaign was successful, with Wilson winning 66.15% of the Democratic vote against two opponents[3]. Wilson faced Republican nominee Chuck Blasdel in the November General Election, and won with 61% of the vote.

District Offices

Wilson has opened five offices in Ohio's 6th District. Wilson has offices in: Canfield, Wellsville, Marietta, Bridgeport and Ironton, Ohio.[4]

Blue Dog Coalition

After entering office, Wilson joined the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of moderate and conservative congressional Democrats.[5] Wilson was named Blue Dog of the Week on April 2, 2007.[6].

Committee assignments

Caucus Memberships

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

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.[7] [8]

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.[9][10]

Electoral history

Ohio's 6th congressional district: 2006 results[11]
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%


  1. ^ Social Planner
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Primary election results,, URL retrieved 23 December 2007
  4. ^ "Representative Charlie Wilson",, URL retrieved 25 July 2007
  5. ^ "Blue Dog Coalition",, URL retrieved 25 July 2007
  6. ^ "Wilson named 'Blue Dog of the Week'" April 2, 2007,, URL retrieved 23 December 2007
  7. ^ "Tamper-Resistant Pads Could Prove a Pain",, URL retrieved 25 July 2007
  8. ^ "Wilson Introduces Patient and Pharmacists Protection Act of 2007",, URL retrieved 22 December 2007
  9. ^ H.R.3668,, URL retrieved 22 December 2007
  10. ^ "Wilson Fought and Won Protection for Patients and Pharmacists",, URL retrieved 22 December 2007
  11. ^ "Election Statistics". Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Retrieved 2008-01-10. 

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

Succeeded by

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