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Charlie Wilson dead at age 76

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Former longtime East Texas congressman Charlie Wilson has died. Staff at Lufkin Memorial Hospital confirmed the report. He was 76.

Wilson served in the 2nd U.S. Congressional District from 1972-1996 and was known as the "Liberal from Lufkin." A book about his efforts in the U.S.'s covert war against Russia in Afghanistan was chronicled in the book, "Charlie Wilson's War," which was later made into a movie.

Wilson considered his greatest accomplishments as congressman to be the creation of the VA Hospital in Lufkin and the establishment of the Big Thicket National Preserve.

Wilson is survived by his wife, Barbara, who he married in within the past 10 years.

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