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Charlie Wilson
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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 by John Dowdy
Succeeded by Jim Turner
Member of the Texas Senate from District 3 (Lufkin)
In office
1967–1971
Preceded by Martin Dies, Jr.
Succeeded by Don Adams
Member of the Texas House of Representatives from District 6 (Trinity)
In office
1963–1967
Preceded by Steve Burgess
Succeeded by David Crews
Member of the Texas House of Representatives from District 18 (Trinity)
In office
1961–1963
Preceded by William Winston
Succeeded by David Crews
Personal details
Born
Charles Nesbitt Wilson

(1933-06-01)June 1, 1933
Trinity, Texas, U.S.
Died February 10, 2010(2010-02-10) (aged 76)
Lufkin, Texas, U.S.
Resting place Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington County, Virginia, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Jerry Wilson (divorced)
Barbara Alberstadt
Alma mater United States Naval Academy, B.S. 1956
Occupation Naval officer
Congressman
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Branch/service  United States Navy
Years of service 1956–1960
Rank US 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.

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