U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood passed away Tuesday morning at his Augusta home. Norwood returned from Washington, DC last week after an extensive battle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and non-small cell lung cancer. He was 65. We will all miss him so very much.
Norwood received a single lung transplant in 2004 as treatment for IPF, and developed non-small cell lung cancer in 2005.
Norwood represented the Augusta-to-Athens 10th congressional district since 1995, and was re-elected in November 2006 by a landslide margin.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Thomas Poteet and Son Funeral Directors in Martinez. A schedule of public services will be announced by the 10th Congressional District office as soon as details are finalized.
Note by Jeff: Adam, Buzz, and I all hit the front here within thirty seconds of each other. In the interest of focusing our attention in one direction, Buzz and I pulled our posts, and would just like to use this opportunity to offer our condolences to Mr. Norwood’s family. May they have strength in this trying time.
Update 4:00pm Below the break are updates, including statements and messages from Members of Congress.
U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal (R-GA) spoke a little while ago on Rep. Norwood’s death:
“Charlie was a great member of this body and a friend to all,” Rep. Nathan Deal said on the House floor. Deal, a Republican and close friend of Norwood, represents a district that borders Norwood’s.
U.S. Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA) has also released a statement:
I was saddened to hear of Charlie’s passing today. Charlie was a fighter both in politics and health; an ordinary man would have thrown in the towel long ago. Charlie and I have been friends and colleagues since he came to Congress in 1995. Besides being a great representative, Charlie was an incredible man who served his country in Vietnam where he won two Bronze Stars. When he came home, he opened his dental practice where he helped hundreds of patients. He brought concern for people to Congress where he fought for patient rights, veterans and small businesses. Congress and the State of Georgia have lost a good man today. My thoughts and prayers are with Gloria and their family.
From GOP U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey’s blog:
It is with great sadness I share the news that 10th District Congressman Charlie Norwood passed away this morning at his home in Augusta. Charlie had been battling idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and non-small cell lung cancer. Those of us fortunate enough to call Charlie a friend will remember his no-nonsense approach, his humor and fellowship, and his commitment to his family and faith.
I ask that you keep the Norwood family in your thoughts and prayers as our nation mourns a great leader and a tremendous man.
Former U.S. Congressman Bob Barr also has a statement up on his blog:
U.S. Representative Charlie Norwood of Georgia passed away this afternoon. Charlie was an outstanding Congressman — strongly and consistently conservative, loyal, honest and with a great sense of humor. Not only will all of us fortunate enough to call him friend and colleague miss him deeply, but his principled voice and actions will be sorely missed by all Americans who he represented so ably in the Congress.
From Senator Johnny Isakson:
Charlie will be remembered for many things. His tenacity, his great sense of humor, his commitment to his district and to his constituents. But from a political standpoint and from a service standpoint he will be remembered for Norwood-Dingell, the legislation that laid the groundwork for reforms in health care that continue to this day.
I am so thankful for the contributions Charlie made to our state, to me as an individual and to this Congress. It is with great sorrow that Dianne and I mourn the loss of this phenomenal man. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Gloria, their family and his countless friends and supporters.
From Congressman Lynn Westmoreland’s site:
“The people of Georgia’s 10th Congressional District and the state as a whole lost one of their greatest champions today. Charlie Norwood has served the people his entire life. He served his nation as a soldier in Vietnam, he served Augusta, Ga., as a dentist but also as a dedicated father to his children and husband to his loving wife Gloria. Since 1995, he has ably – some would say tenaciously – represented the people of east Georgia, but his service and his wisdom has benefited us all.
“To me, he’s not just a great Georgian and a great American, he’s a great friend. He’s served as a mentor to me and to many others in this House. Charlie was my foxhole buddy. When Charlie said he was with you, you knew you would have someone at your back till the end. His loyalty and grit defined him.
“All of Georgia mourns our loss. We will miss him and we will honor his memory by continuing the good works he started.
“Today, our thoughts and prayers are with Gloria and the entire Norwood family.”
The Georgia delegation will offer a resolution honoring Norwood that will be considered by the House this week. Westmoreland will attend the Norwood funeral in Augusta on Thursday.
The Associated Press has compiled a list of comments from others including Gov. Sonny Perdue, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Saxby Chambliss, and most of the Georgia House delegation.
Highlights of Rep. Norwood’s life
Charlie Norwood’s biography
The Augusta Chronicle
Atlanta Business Chronicle