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Charles Wilson (politician)
The East Texas Congressman was a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and a veteran of the Korean War. A staunch anti-communist, he was known for a very hawkish foreign policy and helped direct CIA funding to the mujahideen in Afghanistan. In comparison with the rest of the Texas congressional delegation, Wilson took a liberal stance on domestic issues such as fiscal and social policy. He was probably better known in Washington for his nightlife than for any legislative accomplishments. Nevertheless, he was very popular with his constituents and later in his career staved off several Republican challenges with relative ease. He retired from the United States House of Representatives in 1996 and is now a lobbyist.
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