Joe Wilson

Joe Wilson

SOUTH CAROLINA's 2nd DISTRICT

Wilson Votes to Support Savannah River Site and MOX Project

2014/07/11

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after the House passed the FY15 Energy and Water Appropriations bill. This piece of legislation is very important to South Carolina, as it will provide resources for the Savannah River Site (SRS) in Aiken and Barnwell counties.  “The passage of the Energy and Water Appropriations bill ensures that our vital national security and environmental missions at the Savannah River Site remain intact. I am grateful that we were able to provide MOX with the additional resources to move forward with its completion, which is necessary to fulfill our international nonproliferation agreements. The people of Aiken and Barnwell counties deserve consistency.  For far too long, Washington’s budget battles have spilled into the homes of dedicated Site workers because the President and Senate Democrats prioritize unnecessary spending over our national security needs.  As the Senate begins to consider its version of this bill, I remain committed to working with Senator Lindsay Graham and Senator Tim Scott to ensure that the Savannah River Site receives the appropriate resources to carry out all of its missions,” Congressman Joe Wilson stated. While the House debated this bill, Congressman Wilson delivered a speech on the House floor in support of the MOX project, along with Congressman Jack Kingston. The purpose of the speech was to speak in favor of MOX because the project was threatened by a damaging amendment that was later withdrawn. To view the speech, please click here. Read More

Wilson Statement on Acting Secretary's Visit to VA Facilities

2014/07/09

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) released the following statement in response to Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan D. Gibson’s visit to Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia, and the William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia, South Carolina. “Although I have faith in the local administrations at both facilities, our veterans are facing significant challenges when seeking medical care,” stated Congressman Joe Wilson.  “I am very grateful that the Administration is finally making progress to address the inexcusable mismanagement that has plagued our system for years. As the former President and CEO of the United Services Organizations (USO), Acting Secretary Gibson has the experience and credentials to make a difference and restore accountability with our veterans.  Moving forward, I will continue to closely monitor the situations at Dorn and Charlie Norwood VA hospitals to ensure those who have fought for our freedom receive the health care services they deserve and have earned.” ***Congressman Wilson is committed to ensuring our veterans are receiving the care they have earned and deserve.  To achieve this goal, the office has created a website: www.joewilson.house.gov/shareyourVAstory where constituents can write in and share how they or someone they know has been impacted by the VA’s mismanagement. Please feel free to share this information with your audience.*** “I urge constituents to continue sharing their stories as the input is vital to correcting problems within the system,” Congressman Joe Wilson said. Read More

Wilson Statement on the SCOTUS Hobby Lobby Decision

2014/06/30

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after the Supreme Court issued a decision in the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby case. “Religious liberty is a precious constitutional freedom,” Congressman Joe Wilson said. “Today’s Supreme Court decision protects this right from the Administration’s deliberate attempts to restrict it. Businesses should always possess the authority to exercise its beliefs without fear from the government. “President Obama and his Administration continue to expand the size of government, so much so that it is trampling upon our freedoms.  Obamacare continues to hurt families and denies American families the ability to make their own healthcare decisions. Evidence proves with the VA scandal’s waiting lists, delay of services, and possible preventable deaths that big government does not work.  The only way forward is to repeal and replace Obamacare with a common sense, patient-centered solution.” Read More

Wilson Statement on the Supreme Court's NLRB Decision

2014/06/26

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02), Member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, issued the following statement after the Supreme Court ruled unanimously in NLRB v. Noel Canning that President Obama’s “recess” appointments to the National Labor Relations Board in January 2012 were unconstitutional. At that time the Senate was not in “recess,” but in a “pro forma” session. “President Obama has sadly abused the Constitution while ignoring Congress to achieve his big government agenda. His unconstitutional appointments to the National Labor Relations Board have made job-destroying decisions resulting in unfairness for our nation’s workers. Today’s ruling is great news for right-to-work states like South Carolina, who have been restricted and overregulated by the Administration’s ‘Big Labor Bully.’ Workers must have the right to make their own decisions and employers must determine what best practices serve their employees." Read More

Wilson: Kyle Carpenter Is A Testament to America’s Greatness

2014/06/19

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) released the following statement after attending Corporal William “Kyle” Carpenter’s Congressional Medal of Honor ceremony at the White House.  On November 21, 2010, Corporal Kyle Carpenter of Gilbert, South Carolina, risked his life for a fellow Marine when he threw himself on a hand grenade while keeping watch on a rooftop in Afghanistan.  He is the 8th living recipient to receive this most prestigious honor while serving in Iraq or Afghanistan.  “Corporal Kyle Carpenter is a true testament to America’s greatness,” Congressman Joe Wilson stated.  “I have had the distinct privilege of knowing Kyle for several years. From my first visit with him and his mother Robin at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, I was impressed by their determination. Kyle’s heroic actions convey true selflessness. Throughout his lengthy recovery, he has shown character and fearlessness, traits that embody the spirit of our great nation. Corporal Carpenter is without a doubt a deserving individual to receive our nation’s highest recognition of valor. He answered the call of duty and without hesitation, put himself in harm’s way to save a comrade’s life with the intention of preserving our freedoms. He embodies the New Greatest Generation.” *Earlier this year, Congressman Wilson awarded Corporal Kyle Carpenter with the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s Patriot Award. This Congressionally created nonprofit program honors a selected district veteran who has demonstrated valor in military service and a continued dedication to his or her fellow Americans after returning from service.  The Patriot Award honors a “hometown hero” in hopes of demonstrating to youth that the ideas they read about in history books are, in reality, regular Americans who rose to the occasion – hopefully inspiring them to follow suit.  Kyle is without a doubt a deserving recipient of this award. Read More

Wilson: Kyle Carpenter Is A Testament to America’s Greatness

2014/06/19

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) released the following statement after attending Corporal William “Kyle” Carpenter’s Congressional Medal of Honor ceremony at the White House.  On November 21, 2010, Corporal Kyle Carpenter of Gilbert, South Carolina, risked his life for a fellow Marine when he threw himself on a hand grenade while keeping watch on a rooftop in Afghanistan.  He is the 8th living recipient to receive this most prestigious honor while serving in Iraq or Afghanistan. “Corporal Kyle Carpenter is a true testament to America’s greatness,” Congressman Joe Wilson stated.  “I have had the distinct privilege of knowing Kyle for several years. From my first visit with him and his mother Robin at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, I was impressed by their determination. Kyle’s heroic actions convey true selflessness. Throughout his lengthy recovery, he has shown character and fearlessness, traits that embody the spirit of our great nation. Corporal Carpenter is without a doubt a deserving individual to receive our nation’s highest recognition of valor. He answered the call of duty and without hesitation, put himself in harm’s way to save a comrade’s life with the intention of preserving our freedoms. He embodies the New Greatest Generation.” *Earlier this year, Congressman Wilson awarded Corporal Kyle Carpenter with the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s Patriot Award. This Congressionally created nonprofit program honors a selected district veteran who has demonstrated valor in military service and a continued dedication to his or her fellow Americans after returning from service.  The Patriot Award honors a “hometown hero” in hopes of demonstrating to youth that the ideas they read about in history books are, in reality, regular Americans who rose to the occasion – hopefully inspiring them to follow suit.  Kyle is without a doubt a deserving recipient of this award. Read More

Wilson: United States must never negotiate with terrorists

2014/06/11

Chairman Joe Wilson (SC-02) of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel issued the following statement after the House Armed Services Committee received testimony from Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and DOD General Counsel Stephen Preston regarding the transfer of five senior Taliban detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. “The United States must never negotiate with terrorists,” Chairman Wilson stated. “President Obama’s unlawful decision to release five ‘high risk’ terrorists who have vowed to destroy our families and our freedoms without Congressional knowledge or oversight is unacceptable. More importantly, this negligence severely cripples our national security at home and directly places the brave men and women serving in uniform overseas at grave risk. “Today’s hearing further convinces me that the President’s actions have left this country and her people less safe.  No evidence exists to support the theory that these highly motivated, well connected fanatics will not continue to wage war against America for their stated goal of ‘Death to America, Death to Israel.’” *To view Congressman Wilson’s exchange with Secretary Hagel in today’s hearing, click here. On SGT Bergdahl’s Investigation: “Although I am very grateful that the Department of Defense officials have vowed to investigate all circumstances surrounding SGT Bergdahl’s capture, I hope this process is conducted thoroughly and expeditiously.  The families of the six fallen soldiers and the American people deserve to know answers to all questions associated with this national security matter.” *Last week, Congressman Wilson sent a letter to Secretary of the Army John McHugh asking for a Article 32 investigation into SGT Bergdahl’s capture.  View the letter. Read More

Wilson: Shinseki’s resignation is a positive step towards restoring faith with our Veterans

2014/05/30

(Washington, DC) – Chairman Joe Wilson (SC-02) of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel issued the following statement after President Obama announced he had accepted Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki’s resignation. “I appreciate Secretary Eric Shinseki’s resignation and believe it will be a positive step towards restoring faith with those who have honorably served our Nation.  As we move forward, it is my hope that President Obama lives up to the promises he made on the campaign trail in 2008 and puts an end to the delays and denial of services our veterans face each day. I also believe the Administration should proceed with criminal investigations into the cover-ups that have led to the preventable complaints, illnesses, and deaths that plagued our VA system for years,” Wilson stated. Read More

Wilson to Recognize Winner of Elementary School Challenge

2014/05/29

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) announced plans to recognize Zachary Valsecchi, a third grader at Round Top Elementary School in Blythewood, South Carolina, as the winner of the First Annual Second Congressional District Elementary School Challenge.  Earlier this year, Congressman Wilson sent a letter to all elementary schools in the district encouraging third grade classrooms to submit an entry detailing a student’s favorite part of South Carolina history. The office received over 100 entries. What: Congressman Wilson will recognize Zachary Valsecchi as the winner of the First Annual Second Congressional District Elementary School Challenge.  Zachary’s entry focused on the significance of the “Best Friend of Charleston,” America’s first regularly scheduled passenger service train that traveled to Charleston, South Carolina, in the 1830’s.  Who: Congressman Joe Wilson, Principal Jeaneen Tucker, 3rd grade teacher Cathy Williams, and students at Round Top Elementary School When: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 10:30-11:00AM Where: Round Top Elementary School – 449 Rimer Pond Road, Blythewood, SC 29016 Why: As a parent to four boys and the husband to a retired teacher, Congressman Joe Wilson knows that a firm education ensures future success.  By conducting this competition, the Congressman gave third graders an opportunity to share what they had learned throughout the year studying the Palmetto State’s unique history. *Media is invited to attend.  Please RSVP to Caroline Delleney at (202) 812-1426 or caroline.delleney@mail.house.gov.   Read More

Wilson Calls for VA Secretary's Immediate Removal

2014/05/28

Chairman Joe Wilson (SC-02) of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel issued the following statement after sending a letter to President Obama requesting Secretary of Veteran Affairs Eric Shinseki be removed from his position immediately. “The Administration’s inability to provide services to our veterans is inexcusable.  When President Obama campaigned for the White House, he claimed a desire to help our heroes receive the care they deserve and earned while fighting for our freedoms.  Sadly, throughout the last few years the Department of Veterans Affairs has become riddled with scandal, neglect, and incompetence under Secretary Eric Shinseki’s mismanagement.   The only way to move forward is to appoint a new Secretary in hopes of restoring faith to our veterans, military families, and the American people.  I support American Legion Commander Dan Dellinger’s call for the resignation of Secretary Shinseki.   As complaints, illnesses, and deaths that are a result of inadequate care are brought to light on a daily basis, wasting precious time is not an option.  We must take immediate action to ensure the issues with the VA are resolved as quickly as possible with effective leadership,” said Chairman Joe Wilson.   The text of the letter below: May 29, 2014   President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave Washington, DC 20500 Dear President Obama, I have reviewed numerous reports concerning the failures of Secretary Erik K. Shinseki and I join with the American Legion Commander, Dan Dellinger, supporting his removal as the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.  For months I have given him the benefit of the doubt for removal, but every day more facts arise that demand his immediate removal.  He has also lost the confidence of many in Congress, the American people and most importantly, our veterans due to the uncontrolled scandals at multiple VA health facilities that have plagued the Department of Veterans Affairs. Specifically, in South Carolina’s Second District, the William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center was investigated for deaths, delays, inadequate facilities, and personnel issues, just to name a few.  Unfortunately these incidents, revealed by concerned professional staff, are not isolated to South Carolina, but mirror many of the problems that have been revealed at other VA health facilities across the country; most recently the Phoenix VA Medical Center.  Although each investigation was different, they exposed a long-term lack of leadership and management.  Additionally, the Inspector General Reports that are created semiannually or after a reported incident do not receive the level of attention by the leadership to ensure implementation of the recommended courses of action to correct the deficiencies, to prevent future problems at the investigated facility, or to provide best practices for VA facilities that have had similar experiences. The aforementioned incidents do not outline all of the complications within the VA medical system but represents a very small fraction of the systematic mismanagement of personnel, records, and resources that could be prevented.  It is also a direct reflection of the lack of leadership demonstrated by Secretary Shinseki, who has been known for his behind the scenes approach to management.  I believe that it is apparent now that this approach is ineffective and has led to the death of many great American veterans who expected competent and timely medical care in return for their sacrifice to this Nation. Numerous reports have already been ignored by you and the Secretary, we cannot wait for an investigation that may take several months to years to complete.  It is time that Secretary Shinseki is held accountable, much like military officers, for his less than adequate performance.  Our veterans have earned the right to proper medical treatment and they deserve the benefit of good leadership. I appreciate your consideration in this matter and look forward to an expedient resolution that will ensure the transparency and accountability needed to appropriately care for our veterans and restore faith in the VA medical system.   Sincerely,   Joe Wilson MEMBER OF CONGRESS 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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