Charlie Wilson (politician)

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Charlie Wilson
Photo ca. 1995
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1973 – January 3, 1997
Preceded byJohn Dowdy
Succeeded byJim Turner
Member of the Texas Senate from District 3 (Lufkin)
In office
Preceded byMartin Dies, Jr.
Succeeded byDon Adams
Member of the Texas House of Representatives from District 6 (Trinity)
In office
Preceded bySteve Burgess
Succeeded byDavid Crews
Member of the Texas House of Representatives from District 18 (Trinity)
In office
Preceded byWilliam Winston
Succeeded byDavid Crews
Personal details
Charles Nesbitt Wilson

(1933-06-01)June 1, 1933
Trinity, Texas, U.S.
DiedFebruary 10, 2010(2010-02-10) (aged 76)
Lufkin, Texas, U.S.
Resting placeArlington National Cemetery
Arlington County, Virginia, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Jerry Wilson (divorced)
Barbara Alberstadt
Alma materUnited States Naval Academy, B.S. 1956
OccupationNaval officer
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Navy
Years of service1956–1960
RankUS Navy O3 infobox.svg Lieutenant

Charles Nesbitt Wilson (June 1, 1933 – February 10, 2010) was an American politician and naval officer. He was a 12-term Democratic United States Representative from Texas's 2nd congressional district.

Wilson is best known for leading Congress into supporting Operation Cyclone, the largest-ever Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) covert operation under the Carter and Reagan administration.

His behind-the-scenes campaign was the subject of the non-fiction book Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History by George Crile III and the movie Charlie Wilson's War, starring Tom Hanks as Wilson.

Wilson died of cardiopulmonary arrest in Lufkin, Texas on February 10, 2010 at the age of 76.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. Martin, Douglas (February 10, 2010). "Charlie Wilson, Texas Congressman Linked to Foreign Intrigue, Dies at 76". The New York Times. Retrieved February 10, 2010.

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