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Rep. Charles Wilson

Former Representative for Texas’s 2nd District

Wilson was the representative for Texas’s 2nd congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1973 to 1996.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

Wilson faced an allegation of improper use of campaign funds and inadequate financial disclosure. On Aug. 25, 1995, the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) transmitted information to the committee on Standards developed during an investigation On Dec. 7, 1995, the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct dismissed the complaint and issued a letter released publicly after Wilson admitted his error and paid a $90,000 fine.

Aug. 25, 1995 Federal Elections Commission transmitted information to the committee on Standards developed during an investigation
Dec. 7, 1995 House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct dismissed the complaint and a letter released publicly after Wilson admitted his error and paid a $90,000 fine

In 1983, the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct investigated Wilson for using cocaine and marijuana and preliminary inquiry voted; Special Counsel investigated and found no basis for statement of alleged violation. On Nov. 17, 1983, the committee took no further action.

Nov. 17, 1983 House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct preliminary inquiry voted; Special Counsel investigated and found no basis for statement of alleged violation; committee took no further action
Photo of Rep. Charles Wilson [D-TX2, 1973-1996]

Enacted Legislation

Wilson was the primary sponsor of 11 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Wilson sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Public Lands and Natural Resources (40%) Government Operations and Politics (19%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (17%) Environmental Protection (10%)

Recent Bills

Some of Wilson’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1973 to Sep 1996, Wilson missed 2,464 of 13,012 roll call votes, which is 18.9%. This is much worse than the median of 2.7% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Sep 1996. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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