U.S. House Majority Whip Roy Blunt and his wife, Abigail, have adopted a son from Russia.

The 18-month-old boy, Alexander Charles Blunt, was born near Moscow in 2004 and had been raised in orphanages and hospitals until the adoption, Blunt said in a statement from Washington, D.C., Friday. They are calling him Charlie.

Blunt, 56, a Republican from southeast Missouri, said he and his wife worked with a Texas-based agency for a year until the adoption became final. He has three adult children from a previous marriage, including Matt Blunt, the Republican governor of Missouri.