Charlie Norwood

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Charles Whitlow Norwood
Former U.S. Representative, GA-09
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Party Republican
In Office from

January, 1995 — February, 2007

Preceded by Nathan Deal
Succeeded by Paul Broun
Born / Died July 27, 1941 — February 13, 2007
Spouse Gloria Norwood
Religion Methodist


Charles Whitlow Norwood, Jr. or Charlie Norwood was a Republican member of the U.S. House, representing the 9th Congressional District of Georgia. He died on Feb. 13, 2007 of cancer.

Like many white Georgia Republican politicans, Norwood's political discourse was heavily "nativist'". Hispanic immigrants were deemed to be legitimate targets for thinly veiled race hate.

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From Retail to Wholesale Pain

After a few years in the military, Norwood became a dentist. Then he moved on to electoral politics.

How many Fingers Am I Holding Up, Winston?

Sounding like a digmatic conservative true-believer at an September 15, 2006 immigration field hearing in Gainesville, Georgia, Republican U.S. Rep. Charlies Norwood demanded, "What I wanted was witnesses who agree with me, not disagree with me." This came in response to objective testimony from Alison Siskin, an immigration specialist with the Congressional Research Service, who stated that studies have not indicated whether illegal immigrants impact on government health care. Source: Harris Blackwood. "Immigration Testimony Displeases Norwood." The Gainesville Times. September 16, 2006. Article Text. The message from this rotund southern politican is clear: Forget the facts, tell me what I want to hear!

Illness and Death

In 2004, Norwood underwent a lung transplant due to idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. In December 2006 he underwent chemotherapy for cancer which had spread to his liver. The disease was believed to be caused by the immunosuppressants Norwood had to take due to the lung transplant. After the new 110th Congress was sowrn in January 2007, Norwood missed most of the sessions due to weakness from the chemotherapy.[1] During the State of the Union address on January 23, 2007, President Bush noted Congressman Norwood's absence from the Hall of the House and extended his thoughts for a speedy recovery.

On February 7, Norwood's office announced that he was forgoing further treatment for his cancer, and would be returning to Augusta in order to receive in-home hospice care.[2]

Norwood died nearly one week later, on February 13. At approximately 2:02 PM Eastern time on the day of his death, a few moments of silence were observed for Norwood on the House floor. This moment of silence was repeated at 2:21 PM, at the behest of a delegation of Congressmen from Georgia. Norwood is survived by his wife, 2 children, and 4 grandchildren.


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