Jennifer Garrison on Charlie Wilson's Death

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UPDATE: 4/15/13 8:10 PM

Former Ohio State Legislator and Marietta attorney Jennifer Garrison got to know Wilson while running for the legislature in 2004.

Congressman Wilson was running for the state senate at that time.

"The one thing I remember about Charlie is that he was always willing to help people and he was really kind, Garrison says. "He worked across party lines all of the time when he was in the Ohio Legislature and I believe people respected him and understood that he really did care."

Garrison says Wilson had a really positive attitude about working in the political arena.

She says he served with honor and dignity and it's something people should be thankful for.


UPDATE: 4/14/13 7:26 PM

Representative Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) released the following statement regarding the passing of former Congressman Charlie Wilson:

“LeeAnn and I were saddened to hear of the passing of former Congressman Charlie Wilson. Although Charlie and I were political opponents, we were never enemies. He served with honor in the Ohio state legislature and in Congress. We will be making a contribution in his memory to the scholarship fund named for him at Ohio University Eastern and we encourage others to do so, as well. May God's healing and grace be with Charlie Wilson's family in this time of sorrow.”

Rep. David B. McKinley, P.E. also released a statement:

“Mary and I were simply shocked to hear that Charlie had passed away,” said Rep. McKinley. “After learning of his stroke in February, we joined thousands of others to pray for his recovery. Charlie was a dedicated public servant and will be missed by all those who knew him. His family will remain in our thoughts and prayers.”

Former Ohio Congressman Charlie Wilson has passed away in a Florida hospital following complications associated with a stroke suffered in February. Congressman Wilson passed this afternoon at 2:30 EST with his family by his side.

The Wilson family released the following statement regarding the passing of former Congressman Charlie Wilson:

“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. For 14 years Southeast and East Ohio had a champion serving as their voice in Columbus and Washington and our communities are better places for his service.”

The family asks that contributions be made in memory of Charlie to the Congressman Charlie Wilson Leadership Program at Ohio University Eastern. Contributions can be sent to:

Congressman Charlie Wilson Leadership Program
c/o Ohio University Eastern
Dean’s Office
45425 National Road W.
St. Clairsville, OH 43950

Funeral details are not yet available.

Former Congressman Wilson was readmitted to Bethesda hospital last night and succumbed to his injuries today at 2:30 PM.

The fatal hemorrhage followed a stroke suffered on February 21st of this year, during a vacation in Florida. Wilson was in recovery at the Cornell Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine.

Born in Dillonvale, Ohio, January 18th, 1943. Charlie was a small business owner of businesses operated throughout the Ohio Valley.

Charlie was educated at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. While still in college, Charlie worked as a UAW member on the assembly line at the Ford Automotive auto plant in Lorain, Ohio. Learning first hand how important a strong labor movement is for America.

Before being elected to Congress, Charlie enjoyed a distinguished record of public service. In 1996, Charlie was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives, where he served until 2004, when he was elected to the Ohio Senate. After two years in the Ohio Senate, Charlie won his historic write-in campaign in 2006, filling the congressional seat vacated by Ohio Governor Ted Strickland.

Charlie is the proud father of four sons and grandfather of nine.

As a proven advocate for the people of Eastern Ohio, Charlie had secured more than $436 million in federal funding for the 6th district. This money funded important projects including airport improvements, small business incubators, and funding for police departments.

As a member of the House Committee on Science and Technology, Charlie was at the forefront of efforts to use American coal to meet American energy needs.

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