Former Democrat Congressman Charlie Wilson died on Sunday in a Florida hospital.
The 70-year-old is said to have become ill late Saturday night, and was transported to a local care unit in Boynton Beach. He passed at approximately 2:30 p.m. surrounded by family and loved ones.
Wilson spent eight years from 1997 to 2005 in the Ohio House of Representatives before doing a two-year stint in the Ohio Senate. From Jan. 2007 to Jan. 2011 he served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio’s 6th District.
The man who defeated Wilson for his seat in 2012, Bill Johnson, released this statement on his political foe’s passing: "Although Charlie and I were political opponents, we were never enemies. He served with honor in the Ohio state legislature and in Congress."
Wilson's family also released a statement: "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.”
Contrary to what many people will believe when they hear that ‘Charlie Wilson died,’ he was not in any way related to former Texas Congressman Charlie Wilson, who was the main character of the book and film Charlie Wilson's War.