Charlie Wilson

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Charlie Wilson
Charlie Wilson.jpg
Candidate for
U.S. House, Ohio, District 6
Prior offices
Ohio House of Representatives
1996 - 2004
Bachelor'sOhio University
Date of birthJanuary 18, 1943
Place of birthSaint Clairesville, OH
ProfessionOwner, Wilson Realty Company
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Charlie Wilson (b. January 18, 1943) was a former Democratic member of the U.S. House representing the 6th District of Ohio. He lost the seat in 2010, and then ran unsuccessfully for it again in 2012.[1] He died on Sunday April 14, 2013.[2]


Wilson earned his B.A. from Ohio University. He also graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1966. From 1961 to 1965, he worked as a welder, painter, and assembly line worker. He has been the President of Wilson Funeral and Furniture Company Incorporated since 1966. He has also been the owner of Wilson Realty Company since 1979.

Wilson served in the Ohio House of Representatives from 1997 to 2004. He then served in the U.S. House, representing Ohio from 2006 to 2010.



See also: Ohio's 6th Congressional District elections, 2012

Wilson lost to incumbent Bill Johnson in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Ohio's 6th District. Wilson defeated Cas Adulewicz in the Democratic primary on March 6, 2012.[3]

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in Ohio in 2012 as one of the 10 states that could have determined whether Democrats retook the House or Republicans held their majority in 2013.[4] Ohio tied with Pennsylvania for 9th on the list.[4]

U.S. House, Ohio District 6 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Charlie Wilson 46.7% 144,444
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBill Johnson Incumbent 53.3% 164,536
Total Votes 308,980
Source: Ohio Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Ohio's 6th Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCharlie Wilson 82.2% 37,374
Cas Adulewicz 17.8% 8,117
Total Votes 45,491


On November 2, 2010, Wilson lost his re-election bid for the United States House of Representatives to Republican Bill Johnson.[5]

U.S. House of Representatives, Ohio Congressional District 6 Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBill Johnson 50.2% 103,170
     Democrat Charles Wilson 45.2% 92,823
     Libertarian Martin J. Elsass 2.2% 4,505
     Constitution Richard E. Cadle 2.5% 5,077
Total Votes 205,575

Voting Record

Frequency of Voting with Democratic Leadership

According to a July 2010 analysis of 1,357 votes cast from January 1, 2009 to June 16, 2010, Rep. Wilson voted with the House Democratic leadership 97.3% of the time.[6] That same analysis also reported that he had voted with party leadership 98.5% of the time in 2010.

Washington Post Analysis

A separate analysis from The Washington Post, concluded that he voted 98.1% of the time with the majority of rank-and-file Democrats in the House of Representatives.[7]

Campaign donors


Above is a breakdown of funds for the 2012 election, according to source.

Wilson lost the United States House of Representatives election in 2012. During that election cycle, Wilson's campaign committee raised a total of $1,327,727 and spent $1,407,857.[8]

Abuse charges

Charlie Wilson was accused of "extreme cruelty" by his ex-wife in their 1990 divorce records. Wilson denied the charges of "extreme cruelty" but did admit to abuse in the forms of kicking and striking his wife and accusing her of adultery.[9]

The record focuses on a particular incident in which Mrs. Wilson refused to comply to demands that she resign from the board of the American Heart Association. It states the following, "Charles’ anger arose at his wife’s daring to oppose his demands. He jumped out of his chair and grabbed her about the neck as he slammed her into the refrigerator. He then grabbed her about both arms, shaking her as they both went over to the kitchen counter which struck Mrs. Wilson with enough force to take the breath out of her.[9]


Wilson was single and had four children.

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