Former state Rep. Wilson suffers stroke

August 17, 2009 2:15:36 PM PDT
Former state Rep. Ron Wilson is in an Austin hospital after suffering a stroke. Wilson, 55, suffered the stroke Friday while having lunch with his son, family spokesman Gordon Johnson said.

The Houston Democrat was still having trouble speaking Monday, but his condition had stabilized enough for him to be moved from intensive care to a private room, Johnson said.

Wilson, an attorney known for wearing black leather and sunglasses indoors, lost his primary re-election bid in 2004 after a 27-year career in the state House.

He re-emerged three years later as a deputy parliamentarian to then-House Speaker Tom Craddick. Wilson's sudden, late-night appearance in the House surprised onlookers during a dramatic effort to overthrow Craddick.

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