Joe Wilson

Joe Wilson


Wilson Votes to Keep the Government Functioning


(Washington, DC) – Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after the House passed a funding bill to keep the government open through the remainder of the fiscal year, which ends on September 30, 2016.  “The passage of today’s bill is a tremendous victory for Republicans as it reins in Washington’s out of control spending.  I have made it very clear that the President’s unlawful and big government policies must be stopped. Today’s legislation offers no new funding for Obamacare and does not allocate resources for the Administration to offer amnesty to millions of illegal aliens. Instead, it dramatically reduces the IRS’ budget, provides for our national security, and promotes energy independence. “South Carolina specifically benefits from the passage of this bill.  Keeping the government’s doors open prevents furloughs of dedicated staff and provides stability for the vital national security missions at the Savannah River Site.  It also supports the thousands of military families at Fort Jackson and surrounding bases in the Palmetto State. “In a few weeks, the House and Senate will have a tremendous opportunity to restore our economy and reverse the Administration’s restrictions upon our freedoms. It all starts with making tough choices and I am confident that as we move forward both Chambers will work together for limited government and expanded freedom. ”   Read More

Wilson Statement on the Passage of the National Defense Authorization Act


(Washington, DC) – Chairman Joe Wilson of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel issued the following statement upon the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2015.  “The passage of today’s bill is additional proof that the House and Senate can work together to achieve positive change in Washington. Although it’s not perfect, we succeeded in allocating necessary resources to our brave men and women in uniform, military families and veterans so that our national security remains intact.  As threats to America increase and instability grows around the globe, providing for our military should be made a top priority to deter violence and promote peace through strength.”   Highlights of the bill: ·Awards the Purple Heart to members of the Armed Forces, like those at Fort Hood, who were wounded or killed in domestic terrorist attacks on our home soil ·Mandates new criminal sexual assault reforms to prevent future crimes from occurring and offer support to victims in need; Additional behavioral and psychological health programs will be made available to address and prevent military suicides ·House and Senate leaders worked together to protect our military families and veteran’s TRICARE and Basic Housing Allowance benefits they have earned and deserve by selflessly serving our country ·Prohibits the transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United States and prevents construction of terrorist detention facilities at home ·Supports operations to promote peace in the Middle East by supporting our allies in the region ·Allocates adequate resources for the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility (MOX), a vital national security project located at the Savannah River Site, to ensure it remains on track to completion ·Maintains National Guard readiness and capabilities remain intact by preventing the transfer of National Guard helicopters in FY15 – Congressman Wilson worked on a bipartisan amendment when the NDAA was in Committee to insert this language into the bill. Our release for this amendment can be found here. *Congressman Wilson also gave a floor speech today in support of the bill.  Video can be found here. Read More

Wilson Statement on Secretary Hagel's Resignation


(Washington, DC) - Chairman Joe Wilson (SC-02) of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel issued the following statement regarding the announcement that Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is stepping down. "The Obama Administration’s failure to promote a strong national defense becomes more evident everyday. With Secretary Hagel’s departure from the Department of Defense, it is clear that even those who are perceived as compliant with this Administration fall short of the President’s expectations. I commend Secretary Hagel’s service to our country and hope that his replacement will work with the House and Senate to restore our military's strength and capability to protect our national security."     Read More

Wilson: Executive Order Reaches Unprecedented Level of Irresponsibility


(WASHINGTON, DC) – Congressman (SC-02) issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s immigration executive order that will grant amnesty to nearly five million illegal aliens already in the United States. “President Obama’s unilateral decision to pardon illegal aliens for breaking our laws reaches a level of unprecedented irresponsibility,” Congressman Wilson stated.  “This action is a deliberate overreach of presidential authority and ignores the will of the American people. I fully support House Speaker John Boehner’s pledge to ‘fight tooth and nail’ to stop this executive order. Additionally, over sixty colleagues and I have asked House Appropriators to block every possible penny that could be spent for implementation.”  “Our weak economy cannot afford another blow inflicted by big-government policies.  Granting amnesty is never the right answer, especially when it rewards the unlawful and destroys jobs for Americans. Job creation claims to be a top priority for the President, but his actions support the contrary.  In 2006, the President acknowledged that an influx in illegal immigration threatened wages of the working-class and risked exploitation of safety nets in place for those in need. Eight years later, it is clear he abandoned this belief. “Our immigration system is broken because the President has failed to enforce the laws already on the books.  Moving forward, the President should focus on implementing current law rather than circumventing Congress to promote the interests of illegal aliens over the well-being of American families.”  Read More



(Washington, DC) – Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) released the following statement after the House passed a bill to approve construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. “The American people made it clear last week that they want to stop President Obama’s policies.  Moving forward with the Keystone XL Pipeline should not be a difficult task, but the Administration has put the politics of mega-donors over the wishes of the American people. Breaking ground on this job-creating project is a step in the right direction and shows that Republicans and Democrats in both Chambers can work together for positive change in Washington.  I am hopeful that the Senate will pass identical legislation and send it to the President’s desk for his signature. If the President continues to stall on the Keystone XL Pipeline, it supports the belief that he values his own agenda over creating permanent jobs and promoting energy independence.”   *Jobs in South Carolina’s Second Congressional District would be created if the Keystone XL Pipeline were built.  MTU Diesel in Graniteville and Michelin Tire Corporation in Lexington are among a lengthy list of companies that have resources needed for construction.  Read More



(Washington, DC) – Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after questioning Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel about the Administration’s strategy and military campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the Middle East. “The complete and systematic defeat of ISIL is imperative for the United States’ national security and the safety of our allies around the world,” Chairman Wilson stated.  “Achieving this outcome is growing increasingly difficult due to ISIL’s changing tactics and the President’s reluctance to listen to the advice of his experienced military advisors.  After today’s hearing, I am further convinced that the President needs to devote more resources and attention to effectively destroy ISIL. Additionally, I believe that a comprehensive plan, which considers all options presented from our military leaders, is critical to complete our mission, protect our national interests, and bring peace to Iraq and Syria.” Click here to view the video from today’s hearing. Read More

Wilson: Must Use All Means Necessary to Fight Ebola


(WASHINGTON, DC) – Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) released the following statement in regards to the current ongoing Ebola outbreak: “The Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) negligence to contain Ebola at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas has lead to the preventable infection of two American nurses.  It has also escalated fear that a full-blown pandemic will spread across the United States. President Obama continues to stall and waste precious time, rather than enforcing proper protocols with extensive assistance that would curtail this problem. We must use all means necessary to fight against Ebola.  This includes travel and visa restrictions, additional border support, increased airport screening, and access to appropriate hazardous material supplies at hospitals. We must not look back on this outbreak and believe that our government did ‘too little, too late.’ The United States must proactively make the difficult decisions necessary to protect our families, rather than wait for outside groups like the World Health Organization to make these decisions for us.” *Congressman Wilson has been in touch with local healthcare officials to offer assistance and ensure hospitals within South Carolina’s Second Congressional District are prepared to treat Ebola.  He is confident that healthcare facilities will work hand in hand with DHEC and enforce protocols to prevent further exposure or infection. Additionally, as Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personal, Congressman Wilson felt it necessary to ensure the 1,500 brave men and women serving in West Africa in Operation United Assistance remain safe and protected from contracting Ebola.  The text of the letter: The Honorable Charles Hagel Secretary of Defense 1000 Defense Pentagon Washington, DC 20301-1000 Dear Secretary Hagel: On September 30, 2014, the Department of Defense deployed approximately 1,500 soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division to Liberia for Operation United Assistance. Additional personnel are expected to deploy in late October and November bringing the total number to roughly between 3,000 and 4,000.  With this deployment, I have concerns about the strategy associated with the role of the military in their response to the Ebola outbreak.  I have a number of questions regarding the practical role of our troops in halting the outbreak and serving those affected.  As the Ebola virus continues to spread throughout West Africa and has now surfaced in Dallas Texas, I would like to relay my serious concerns with the prospect of exposure and infection amongst the up to 4,000 deployed personnel serving in Operation United Assistance.  I am extremely concerned for the protection and well being of our servicemen and women who have been deployed to curtail the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.  As the Ebola virus spreads throughout West Africa and more recently infected two healthcare workers in Dallas I would like to know what exposure risk our troops are expected to encounter while serving as support for command and control, logistics support, training, and engineering support?  Will their exposure be comparable to that of the medical personnel who recently contracted Ebola in Dallas, Texas? Additionally, what type of assurances are there that while serving in these roles the service member will not come into direct contact with an infected patient?  And finally, could you please describe what a successful mission in West Africa would look like? As Chairman of the House Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, it is my top priority that our servicemen and women are properly trained and equipped during their deployment.  Many thanks for your considerations and I look forward to your response. Sincerely,   Joe Wilson Military Personnel Subcommittee Chairman Read More



(Washington, DC) – Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) released the following statement responding to a report released today by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) confirming that, contrary to specific promises made by President Obama and Democratic leaders, Obamacare subsidies are supporting insurance plans that cover abortions: “Today’s GAO report reveals the further deception and broken promises the President continues to make while implementing Obamacare.  Even with Democrats’ assurances with the hastily passed bill, an overwhelming bipartisan group agreed a provision must be added to protect taxpayers from being forced to abandon their beliefs and fund elective abortions.   In January of this year, House Republicans and Democrats passed H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2014, to address concerns that government exchange insurance policies were unlawfully providing abortion coverage. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid should pass our bill and send it to the President’s desk for signature in an attempt to restore faith with the American people.”   NOTE: As one of many examples of where President Obama and Democratic leaders promised the American people that Obamacare would not fund abortions, on September 9, 2009, President Obama told the Joint Session of Congress on Health Care: “And one more misunderstanding I want to clear up -- under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions, and federal conscience laws will remain in place.” This infamous speech is a shocking hallmark of President’s Obama duplicity.  Read More

Wilson Statement on ISIL Presidential Address


(Washington, DC) – Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement in anticipation of President Obama’s address this evening regarding the situation in the Middle East. “The security threat the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) poses to American families, the Middle East, and our Allies around the world deserves decisive action. As terrorists continue to slaughter innocent civilians and vengefully decapitate American journalists boasting of further attacks in America, I am hopeful the President will finally stand up for freedom instead of offering empty promises and weak rhetoric that lack resolve. “For years, scholars and foreign policy analysts have warned of expanding terrorist safe havens in the Middle East.  The President ignored these concerns and mistakenly withdrew our troops from Iraq without securing a Status of Forces Agreement, which has put Americans at risk of attack at home and abroad. “The only way forward is effectively destroy ISIL and make it known throughout the world that terrorist organizations that seek to destroy the American people and our Allies will not be tolerated.  As Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel, I will continue to closely monitor this situation and make certain that our interests in the Middle East remain protected.”   Read More



WILSON ANNOUNCES ANNUAL BUS TOUR SCHEDULE  (WASHINGTON) – On Monday, August 25, Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) will embark on his annual district Bus Tour.  Congressman Wilson will travel throughout South Carolina's Second Congressional District to visit with constituents, discuss their concerns, and share news of his efforts in Congress. NOTE: Not all stops are media accessible.  Any media wishing to attend should contact Caroline Delleney with Congressman Wilson’s office at (202) 812-1426.   Monday, August 25th, 2014 Lexington County 7:30AM – West Metro Chamber Breakfast - 1006 12th St., Cayce 8:45AM – Tour of SCE&G – 220 Operation Way, Cayce 10:30AM – Visit to Carolina Springs Middle School - 6180 Platt Springs Road, Lexington 12:00PM – Lunch at Shealy’s Bar-B-Que – 340 East Columbia Avenue, Leesville 1:30PM – Tour of Michelin Tire Corporation – 2400 Two Notch Road, Lexington 3:15PM – Visit with Chapin High School - 300 Columbia Ave, Chapin 4:30PM – Meet and Greet at the Irmo Chamber of Commerce – 1248 Lake Murray Blvd., Irmo Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 Richland County 7:30AM – Breakfast with the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce - Fort Jackson Drill Instructor School, 9574 Marion Ave, Fort Jackson, Columbia 9:00AM – Tour of Koyo Bearing Plant - 1006 Northpoint Blvd., Blythewood 10:20AM – Visit to Blythewood Pharmacy – 420-B McNulty Road, Blythewood 11:00AM – Tour of the SC Department of Motor Vehicles – 10311 Wilson Blvd., Blythewood 12:00PM – Military Officers Association of America (MOAA): Columbia Chapter Luncheon – Fort Jackson Officers Club, 3630 Semmes Road, Fort Jackson, Columbia 1:50PM – Visit to AC Flora High School – 1 Falcon Drive, Columbia 3:05PM – Visit with the Columbia Fire Department – 2847 Devine Street, Columbia 4:00PM – Tour the University of South Carolina’s Office of Economic Engagement – Horizon Building, 541 Main Street, Columbia Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 Aiken County 7:15AM – North Augusta AM Connections Breakfast – North Augusta Community Center, 495 Brookside Avenue, North Augusta 9:00AM – Halocarbon Products Corporation – 1100 Dittman Court, North Augusta 10:15AM – Tour of Aiken Technical College – 2276 Jefferson Davis Highway, Graniteville 11:30AM – Tour of Aiken Regional Medical Center – 302 University Parkway, Aiken 12:45PM – Visit to Millbrook Elementary School – 255 E Pine Log Road, Aiken 2:10PM – Visit with The Mill on Park – 237 Park Ave SW, Aiken 3:15PM – Tour of She’s Fit – 110 Park Avenue SW, Aiken 3:45PM – Savannah River Site Roundtable – Aiken Electric Cooperative, Inc., 2790 Wagener Road, Aiken Thursday, August 28th, 2014 Barnwell County 8:30AM – Tour of Unitech Service Group – 178 Aldo Drive, Barnwell 10:00AM – Tour of Dixie-Narco – 3330 Dixie-Narco Blvd., Williston *Additional Orangeburg County stop will be announced later.   Read More

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From his involvement as a Teenage Republican at the High School of Charleston in 1962 to his current work in Congress, Congressman Joe Wilson has led a life dedicated to public service.

Addison (Joe) Graves Wilson was born on July 31, 1947, in Charleston, South Carolina. After graduating from the High School of Charleston, he received his undergraduate degree from Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia and completed his law degree at the University of South Carolina. A real estate attorney by trade, Joe was a founding partner of the West Columbia law firm Kirkland, Wilson, Moore, Taylor & Thomas.

His career in public service officially began when he served on the staffs of South Carolina legends Senator Strom Thurmond and Congressman Floyd Spence. As part of the visionary Ronald Reagan administration, Joe was Deputy General Counsel to the United States Department of Energy Secretary and former South Carolina Governor, Jim Edwards.

Throughout his life, Joe has also had a tremendous passion to serve his country as a member of the United States Armed Forces. After serving in the United States Army Reserves from 1972-1975, he also served in the South Carolina Army National Guard. In the summer of 2003, Joe retired as a Colonel, having served as a Staff Judge Advocate assigned to the 218th Mechanized Infantry Brigade. At the time, he was the only active Guard member serving in Congress.

Before being elected to the United States Congress in 2001, Joe served seventeen years, with perfect attendance, in the South Carolina State Senate where he was elected Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, the first Republican Chairman since Reconstruction.

Today, Joe serves on the House Armed Services Committee – where he is honored to be the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Military Personnel – the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and the Committee on Foreign Affairs. He was appointed by the Republican Leader to the highly influential Republican Policy Committee and works as an Assistant Republican Whip. He is Co-Chair of the Composites Caucus, the Bulgaria Caucus, the Kurdistan Caucus, and the Americans Abroad Caucus. He has also serves on the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans.

While serving the Second Congressional District of South Carolina, Joe is committed to promoting peace through a strong national defense, decreasing taxes for all Americans, and limiting the size of the federal government.

Joe is married to Roxanne Dusenbury McCrory Wilson, who continues to offer him strength and support in his every endeavor. They are the parents of four sons, all of whom serve in the U.S. military, and the proud grandparents of four boys and three girls. Alan, his oldest son, is a Major in the Army National Guard who proudly served for a year in Iraq; Addison is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and a physician who served a tour of duty in Iraq; Julian is a Captain in the South Carolina Army National Guard who served on a peacekeeping tour in Egypt; and Hunter is a Second Lieutenant in the South Carolina Army National Guard who recently graduated from the Engineer Officer’s Basic Course at Fort Leonard Wood, MO in September 2012. Their four sons are all Eagle Scouts.

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