Former congressman is out of intensive care unit

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By David Skolnick


Former U.S. Rep. Charlie Wilson, who suffered a stroke last month, is no longer in the intensive-care unit but continues to receive treatment at a Florida hospital.

Wilson, a Democrat from St. Clairsville, was admitted Feb. 21 to the JFK Memorial Center in West Palm Beach.

He was vacationing in the area when the stroke occurred.

Wilson’s family confirmed in a Tuesday statement that he is out of ICU and that his “condition continues to improve.”

In the statement, his family thanked people for “the prayers and well-wishes that continue to come in during this difficult process.”

When Wilson was first admitted to the hospital, he was in a medically induced coma.

Wilson, 70, served four years in the U.S. House before losing in 2010 to Republican Bill Johnson of Marietta.

Johnson beat Wilson last year for the seat as well.

Wilson served 10 years in the Ohio Legislature, and was first elected to Congress in 2006 in the 6th District, which includes all of Columbiana County and the southern portion of Mahoning County.

Before his stroke, Wilson had expressed interest in a potential 2014 bid for state treasurer but hadn’t committed to the race.

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