|Address||1056 Claussen Road Suite 226|
Augusta, Georgia , United States
|| July 27, 1941
|Died||February 13, 2007
Mar 26, 2015 05:33pm
|Info||Charlie Norwood is serving his fourth term representing Georgia's Tenth District in Congress. He is Chairman of the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections of the Education and Workforce Committee, and Vice Chairman of the Subcommittee on Health of the Energy and Commerce Committee. He is also 2000-2001 Chairman of the G-8 Organization, comprised of the eight Georgia Republican members of Congress. |
Since coming to Congress in January, 1995, Charlie has acquired national recognition as a leader in the effort to reform America's ailing managed care industry. He introduced the first fully comprehensive legislation to restore patient's rights in September, 1995, and that first bill has remained the foundation of the patient's rights movement in every successive legislative effort. Charlie's on-going campaign led to passage of the Norwood-Dingell Consensus Managed Care Improvement Act, HR 2723, in October, 1999, by an overwhelming bipartisan margin.
Charlie's efforts to reform American health care have also extended to America's military retirees and veterans. He was co-author of the Keep Our Promises to Military Retirees Act of 1999, HR 3573. The legislation would restore the promise of fully-funded health care for life for the nation's military retirees - benefits which have been severely eroded by eight years of defense cuts. While the legislation itself was not acted on during the 106th Congress, many of the provisions of the bill were included in the final version of the Defense Authorization Act of 2000, and are now law. Charlie continues to work for passage of all the measures in that original legislation through his co-authorship of a successor bill in the 107th Congress, HR 179, which includes those provisions not enacted in 2000.
Since being sworn into office January 4, 1995, Charlie has served on the Energy and Commerce Committee and the Committee on Education and the Workforce. His Commerce Committee subcommittee assignments include Health and Environment, and Energy and Power. In the Education and Workforce Committee, Charlie served as Vice-Chairman of the Oversight and Investigation Subcommittee during the 105th and 106th Congress, where he played a key role in the Teamster's investigation and the investigation of theft and fraud at the U.S. Department of Education. He is also a member of the Rural Health Care Caucus, the Army Caucus, and the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus, and served on the Speaker's Task Force on Tritium Production in the 104th Congress, and the Speaker's Working Group on Health Care Reform in the 105th Congress.
Charlie is the 1995 recipient of the Fighting Frosh award by the United States Business and Industrial Council, which honors the freshman representative who shows the greatest willingness to battle excessive regulations and taxation. He is also the recipient of the Guardian of Medicare Award of the United States Seniors Association, the Guardian of Senior's Rights Award of the 60 Plus Association, the Friend of the Family Award of the Christian Coalition, the Friend of the Taxpayer Award of Americans for Tax Reform, the Guardian of Small Business Award of the National Federation of Independent Business, the Outstanding Leadership Award of the American Psychological Association, the Spirit of Enterprise Award of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Thomas Jefferson Award of the U.S. Food Service Council, the Champion of Property Rights Award of the League of Private Property Owners, the Cocklin Award of the Association of the United States Army, the Taxpayer's Hero Award of the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste, and the Taxpayer's Friend Award of National Taxpayers Union.
He is also the recipient of the American Medical Association's Nathan Davis Award for 1999, and was the American Psychological Association's Man of the Year in 1998. Charlie has also been inducted into the Association of the United States Army's Audie Murphy Society.
Charles Whitlow Norwood, Jr. was born in Valdosta, Georgia, July 27, 1941. He attended Lowndes County Public Schools from elementary school through the first year of high school at Valdosta High, before transferring to and graduating from Baylor Military High School in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1959.
Charlie received his bachelor's degree from Georgia Southern University in Statesboro in 1964, and a Doctorate in Dental Surgery from Georgetown University Dental School in Washington, D.C., in 1967. He was elected President of the Dental School Student Body at Georgetown in his senior year.
Charlie served as a Captain in the U.S. Army from 1967-69, beginning with an assignment to the U.S. Army Dental Corps at Sandia Army Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In 1968 he was transferred to the Medical Battalion of the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Vietnam, and served a combat tour at Quin Yon, An Khe, and LZ English at Bon Son.
During his tour, Charlie participated in experimental military dental practices that are now standard procedure for the armed forces. He was one of the first participants in the Army's outreach program that delivered dentists to forward firebases in lieu of transferring patients to rear treatment areas. Charlie also provided some of the first field-based dental treatment of military guard dogs, and assisted in non-dental trauma care in Mobile Army Surgical Hospitals (MASH units). In recognition of his service under combat conditions, Charlie was awarded the Combat Medical Badge and two Bronze Stars. After Vietnam, Charlie was assigned to the Dental Corps at Fort Gordon, Georgia, where he served until his discharge in 1969. He remains a member of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Military Order of the World Wars.
Charlie began private practice dentistry in Augusta immediately after his discharge. During his dental career, he served as President of both the Georgia Dental Association and the Eastern District Dental Society, was elected as a Delegate to the American Dental Association in 1984-85, and was founder of the Augusta Dental Disaster Society. He remains a member of the American Dental Association, the Georgia Academy of Dental Society, the Augusta Dental Society, is an Honorable Fellow of the Georgia Dental Association, and a Fellow of both the International College of Dentistry and the American College of Dentistry Sciences.
Before entering public life, Charlie and his wife Gloria taught Adult Sunday School at Trinity-on-the-Hill United Methodist Church in Augusta. Charlie also served on the board of the Augusta Opera Society, and was a member of the Augusta Symphony Guild. Charlie has been married to the former Gloria Wilkinson of Valdosta since 1962. The Norwoods live on the banks of the Savannah River in Evans, remain members of Trinity-on-the-Hill United Methodist Church, and have two sons and two grandchildren.
After selling his practice in 1993 to run for Congress, Charlie was elected to Georgia's Tenth District seat in November 1994 as part of the "Republican Revolution", and has been reelected every election since, most recently by a 63-37% landslide on November 7, 2000.