Joe Wilson

Joe Wilson


Graham, Scott, and Wilson Voice Concerns with Assessment Claiming Sharp Cost Increases for MOX Facility


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott, along with Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02), today issued the following statement in response to the Department of Energy’s (DOE) release of The Aerospace Corporation’s recent study on the cost to construct and operate the Mixed Fuel Fabrication (MOX) Facility in South Carolina: 

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Chairman Wilson Works to Strengthen Our Military to Ensure Safety of Americans Through FY16 NDAA


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02), Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, released the following statement after today’s Subcommittee Markup of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 National Defense Authorization Act: 

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Wilson Welcomes Orchids Paper Products Company to South Carolina's Second Congressional District


(W. Columbia, S.C.) – Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) released the following statement about Orchids Paper Products Company’s investment in Barnwell County:

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Congressman Wilson Speaks with Pelion Middle School Students about the SIFMA Capitol Hill Challenge


(W. Columbia, S.C.) – Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) released the following statement after visiting Pelion Middle School this morning to speak with students participating in the SIFMA Foundation Capitol Hill Challenge, a 14-week challenge that involves teams of middle and high school students competing in a curriculum-based Stock Market Game to teach the importance of saving and investing. The national top ten teams will be recognized at an awards reception in Washington, D.C. in June. 

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Wilson Editorial: Fixing Our Broken Education System


I support meaningful solutions to improve education, like H.R. 5, the Student Success Act. This bill promotes common sense reforms and encourages school choice by allowing existing funds to follow low-income students to their school of choice. This will reward the excellent public schools we have in the Second District and help students across the nation escape failing schools. Our bill also prevents the federal government from imposing coercive one-size-fits-all standards, like Common Core, and returns the authority to schools to spend their money where they need it most—not where the federal government thinks is best. Read More

Wilson Editorial: Funding Our Military Must Be A Top Priority


Providing for our national defense is the primary function of our federal government, and I am concerned President Obama’s policies are reducing our defense capabilities during a time America is facing significant threats. Our national security provides for the safety of our citizens at home by stopping aggression overseas where safe havens are established to plan terrorist attacks on American families. I support a strengthened defense budget because we cannot afford to shortchange our military.

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Wilson on Cyber Security Hearing


WASHINGTON- Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, made the following comments about today's hearing on "Cyber Operations: Improving the Military Cyber Security Posture in an Uncertain Threat Environment."

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Wilson Fights to Stop the President’s Unconstitutional Executive Actions on Immigration


(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) today issued the following statement after voting no on the Senate Amendment to H.R. 240, a bill the House passed to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through the end of Fiscal Year 2015 that fails to address the President’s unconstitutional executive actions on immigration:

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Wilson Shares Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Concerns with Iran Nuclear Negotiations


(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) today issued the following statement after His Excellency Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress:

"It was an honor to have Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington today to address Congress on behalf of our nation’s strong ally, Israel. It was the Administration alone that made his speech a partisan issue, and I am grateful for the opportunity to listen to the Prime Minister’s concerns regarding the ongoing nuclear negotiation talks with Iran.

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Wilson Testifies Before Budget Committee Requesting Resources for SRS


(Washington, DC) – Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) testified today before the House Budget Committee, led by Chairman Tom Price, requesting resources for critical infrastructure issues at the Savannah River Site (SRS) in order to diminish South Carolina’s top environmental risk and reduce the cost burden to taxpayers. Click below to view the video of Congressman Wilson speaking in the hearing: 

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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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