Joe Wilson

Joe Wilson


Wilson Statement on King v. Burwell Ruling


“The Supreme Court’s decision is a startling admission that words do not matter, and I am disappointed in the Court’s ruling. I am committed to repealing this broken healthcare law, building a safety net for people in need, not allowing them to depend on what has proven to be a big-government failure." Read More

Congressman Wilson Statement on Confederate Battle Flag


Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement today regarding the Confederate battle flag:

“I stand with Senator Tim Scott in calling for the removal of the Confederate battle flag from the Statehouse grounds. Senator Scott’s statement yesterday echoes my beliefs:

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Wilson Statement on Tragedy at Emanuel AME Church


Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after the mass shooting in Charleston, S.C.:

“My prayers are with the victims, families, and congregation of the historic Emanuel AME Church after last night’s tragedy in my birthplace, Charleston.

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Wilson on House Passage of the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act


Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement today after the House passed H.R. 235, the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act to prevent discriminatory taxes on the Internet and on Internet access.

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Wilson Seeks Unified Cyberattack Measurement


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after introducing the Cyberattack Standards Study Act in the House of Representatives today. The bill directs the Director of National Intelligence to conduct a study on cyberattack standards of measurement:

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Wilson Op-ed: The New Greatest Generation


To the Class of 2015: congratulations—you have earned the honor of graduating from high school or college, and this achievement will undoubtedly aid in your future success. No matter your future plans, you are heading into the next phase of your life during a challenging time in our nation’s history. I urge you and your peers to stay involved in the political process to ensure your voice is heard in our representative government. 

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Wilson Statement on Fort Jackson Change of Command


W. COLUMBIA, S.C. – Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) released the following statement after attending the change of command at Fort Jackson today:

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Wilson Statement in Recognition of Memorial Day


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02)  issued the following statement in recognition of Memorial Day:

"Today, we remember and honor those who have served this nation to protect and defend the freedoms we cherish. As we reflect on the heroism and devotion of the many brave service men and women who gave their lives in defense of our nation, we must never forget to thank and pray for their families and loved ones. This Memorial Day, let us take the time to show our appreciation for the service and sacrifice of America’s heroes."

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Wilson Announces Winners of Congressional Art Competition


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) announced the winners of the 2015 Annual Congressional Art Competition for the South Carolina’s Second Congressional District:

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Wilson Votes to Provide for Our Troops Through the FY16 National Defense Authorization Act


Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1735, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2016. This piece of legislation is the avenue for funding our military and vital national security initiatives.

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6.24.2015 Rep. Wilson One Minute: Remembering Mother Emanuel

2015-06-24 17:59:01

6.17.15 Rep Wilson: Floor Remarks Opposing House Con Res 55

2015-06-17 21:42:40

6.16.15 Rep. Wilson Floor Remarks: Cyberattack Standards Study Act

2015-06-16 21:29:43

6.12.15 Rep. Wilson One Minute: Army Birthday

2015-06-15 15:32:09

6.11.15 Rep. Wilson One Minute: Under the President's Watch

2015-06-11 21:52:42

6.10.15 HFAC Opening Remarks: Iran Ballistic Missile Threat

2015-06-10 14:48:15

6.9.15 Rep Wilson One Minute: Cyberattack Standards Study Act

2015-06-09 18:09:30

6.03.15 Rep Wilson One Minute: Congratulations Baker Elmore

2015-06-03 17:14:59

6.02.15 Rep Wilson One Minute: America Needs a Change

2015-06-02 18:23:21

5.21.15 Rep Wilson One Minute: Memorial Day Commemoration

2015-05-21 14:14:55

5.20.15 - Rep. Wilson One Minute: VA report

2015-05-20 16:29:10

5.19.15 Wilson One Minute: President Must Change Course

2015-05-19 16:26:24

5.15.15 - Rep. Wilson One Minute: Teacher Appreciation Month

2015-05-15 14:12:02

5.14.15 Rep Wilson One Minute: We Must Pass the National Defense Authorization Act

2015-05-14 17:26:05

5.13.15 - Rep. Wilson One Minute: Honor Flight of South Carolina

2015-05-13 16:12:58

5.12.15 - Rep. Wilson One Minute: Congressional Delegation Trip

2015-05-12 20:08:01

4.22.15 - Rep. Wilson One Minute: Electric Cooperatives

2015-04-22 20:12:21

4.15.15 - Rep. Wilson One Minute: S.C.'s Walk A Mile to help end sexual assault

2015-04-15 16:17:48

4.14.15 Sally Roberts Testifies at Education and the Workforce Subcommittee

2015-04-14 17:42:29

4.14.15 - Rep. Wilson One Minute: Iran Agreement

2015-04-14 17:20:49

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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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