Posted by | February 10, 2010 15:17 | Filed under: Top Stories

Former Texas Representative Charlie Wilson, a 2007 heart transplant recipient, died of a heart attack.

Wilson, known as the “Liberal from Lufkin,” represented the 2nd District from 1972 to 1996. He became known as “Goodtime Charlie” because of his lifestyle, but was known locally for helping bring a Veterans Administration clinic to Lufkin and helping establish the Big Thicket National Preserve, KTRE reported.

“Charlie loved this nation and had deep respect and gratitude for the men and women who defended her; he was a force for Veterans his entire career. Throughout his life, this was evident in his thoughts, words, and deeds,” said Dr. Anthony Zollo, director of the VA outpatient clinic that bears Wilson’s name. “The VA is a richer organization because of Mr. Wilson. He will be deeply missed.”

Wilson was chronicled in the film “Charlie Wilson’s War”, and was played by Tom Hanks.

The film was about Wilson’s efforts to arm Afghani mujahedeen during their war against the Soviet Union. Wilson, a member of the House Appropriations Committee, helped secure money for weapons.

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