Joe Wilson

Joe Wilson


Wilson Statement on Passage of National Defense Authorization Act


Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities Joe Wilson (SC-02) made the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1735, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016.

“At this time, when we face worldwide conflicts with direct threats to American families, it is critical to provide our Armed Forces with the resources they need to protect our nation. It includes meaningful reforms to the compensation and benefits system, increases accountability in the acquisitions process, and empowers post commanders to permit members of the Armed Forces to carry firearms on military installations.  

“I am grateful that this legislation funds the critical national security missions at the Savannah River Site, and allows for the continuation of its environmental cleanup mission. It also contains vital funding language supporting the construction of the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility (MOX) at SRS.

“I am thankful that this legislation fully funds Fort Jackson and its critical role as the largest initial entry training facility for the U.S. Army.

“As Chairman of the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, I am especially pleased that the NDAA provides for robust cyber capabilities, incentives for public-private information sharing, and fully resources the U.S. Cyber Command programs. It is critical that we do everything we can to enhance our cyber capabilities, including a comprehensive cyber defense and deterrence system.”

The NDAA passed the House by a vote of 270 to 156.

The Senate is expected to take up this critical legislation next week. 

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Wilson Statement on Senate Amendment to H.R. 719, Continuing Resolution for FY2016


Congressman Wilson issued the following statement after voting against the motion to concur in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 719, the Continuing Resolution for FY 2016

"When I was elected to Congress, I promised to make a difference and create meaningful change, which is why I could not vote for another stop-gap measure that kicked the problem down the road for another few months or continued to provide funding to an organization that sells tissue and organs from aborted babies.

"Our critical national security missions at Savannah River Site and our military families at Fort Jackson deserve stability—not a temporary solution. American families need a long term budget that ends the devastating effects of defense sequestration, supports our values, and reduces our national debt.

"In the coming weeks, House Republicans face a difficult challenge as we work to pass a budget that protects individual freedoms and promotes limited-government solutions that create jobs." 

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Wilson Statement on Planned Parenthood Vote


Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 3134, the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015:

“I was sickened after watching the videos of Planned Parenthood officials appearing to discuss the sale of aborted babies for profit. I was further disappointed after an inspection of the Midlands Planned Parenthood clinic revealed multiple health violations. The Defund Planned Parenthood Act defunds Planned Parenthood and redirects taxpayer dollars to qualified health centers that prioritize patient care, share our values, and have respect for life,” Wilson said. “I am dedicated to protecting the sanctity of life.”  

Congressman Wilson is a co-sponsor of the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015, which passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 241 to 187. Wilson also voted in favor of H.R. 3504, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which passed the House by a vote of 248 to 177.    

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Wilson Statement on Iran Deal Vote


Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) made the following statement following the House of Representatives failed to pass H.R. 3461, the to Approve the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, signed at Vienna on July 14, 2015, relating to the nuclear program of Iran.

“Today’s vote on the Iranian nuclear deal is of historic proportions. If allowed, the deal would economically and militarily reenergize a regime bent on promoting murderous attacks on democracies all over the world. I voted against the Iran Deal, and urged my colleagues to do the same. I am grateful that our effort was successful in the House, but disappointed that it stalled in the Senate. This is a dangerous deal for America and the world, and I am committed to exercising every option to stop the sanctions from being lifted.”

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Wilson Statement on 9/11 Anniversary


Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement on fourteenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001:

“Today is a day for remembrance. We remember those nearly 3,000 innocent Americans who were murdered in the terror attacks in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania, and we remember those who lost their lives to defend democracy and our freedoms. September 11 is the Pearl Harbor of our century.

 “The Global War on Terror is far from over. ISIL/DAESH continues to barbarically murder innocent people in their attempt to destroy our freedoms. We are grateful for our troops who continue to fight the enemy overseas to end the threat of terrorism and protect American families.

“God bless our troops and God bless America. We will never forget September 11 in the Global War on Terrorism.”

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Conservatives Offer Obamacare Alternatives


Every day I hear from men and women about the harmful effects of Obamacare on their families. The effects of the President’s takeover of the health care system are well-known: destroyed jobs, increased medical costs, denial of services, and higher insurance premiums for families and individuals in South Carolina’s Second Congressional District and across the country.

We must repeal and replace this broken law to provide quality, affordable health care for our citizens. Many of my Republican colleagues in the House of Representatives talk about repealing Obamacare as well, but we’re often unjustly criticized because people don’t believe that we have an alternative—this is just flat out wrong.

Conservatives are committed to offering choices and alternatives to the President’s liberal agenda, like Obamacare. Each year since 2009, I’ve co-sponsored the Empowering Patients First Act, common sense legislation introduced by House Budget Chairman Tom Price, M.D. This patient-centered alternative replaces Obamacare while putting patients, families, and doctors in charge of healthcare decisions, not Washington. We have nearly twenty doctors serving in Congress with a goal of repealing Obamacare, because they know first-hand how patients are being harmed.

The Empowering Patients First Act focuses on providing access to health coverage for all Americans, stopping out-of-control costs, solving insurance challenges, and improving the healthcare delivery structure. These patient-centered reforms would help individuals and families afford the coverage they want by providing a series of tax credits and deductions. Our solution provides reasonable reforms that save billions of dollars by enacting medical malpractice reform and ending the practice of defensive medicine.

Another critical reform in the Empowering Patients First Act allows you to take your health coverage with you—just like a 401 (k) plan—if you change your job. The Republican alternative to Obamacare solves challenges, rather than than creating more bureaucracy or overreach into our lives.

Conservatives have and will continue to offer alternatives to President Obama’s overreaching, liberal policies. We present alternatives to the “Washington-knows-best,” big government approach by investing in solutions that return authority to the people who know best—local communities and states. When faced with the President’s overreaching, top-down, big government policies and limited government, conservative choices, like the Empowering Patients First Act, the choice is easy. I choose to support American families.

This fall, I am committed to a full repeal of this law—which was based on broken promises—and to repairing the damage left in its wake by passing common-sense solutions that protect jobs and the American people.  Sadly, we remember Obamacare’s mastermind, Jonathan Gruber, admitted it passed based on the “stupidity of the American voter.” It is clear—five years of Obamacare is five years too long. 

As published in the New Irmo News. 

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Wilson Announces Annual Bus Tour Schedule


(W. Columbia) – On Monday, August 24, 2015, 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 work in Congress.

NOTE: Not all stops are media accessible. Any media wishing to attend should contact Leacy Burke with Congressman Wilson’s office at


Monday, August 24, 2015

Richland County

9:00AM – Tour of Fairfield Electric – 701 Blythewood Road, Blythewood

10:30AM – Tour of FN Manufacturing – 797 Old Clemson Road, Columbia

11:50AM – Lunch at Doc’s BBQ – 1601 Shop Road, Columbia

12:50PM – Tour of Providence Hospital, Forest Acres – 2435 Forest Drive, Columbia

2:00PM – Tour of Midlands Technical College – 316 S. Beltline Boulevard, Columbia

3:00PM – Tour of Westinghouse – 5801 Bluff Road, Hopkins

4:20PM – Tour of the University of South Carolina Alumni Center – 1600 Gervais   Street, Columbia


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Aiken County

9:20AM – Tour of Recleim – 133 Marshall Street, Graniteville

10:40AM – Tour of MTU America – 660 Bettis Academy Road, Graniteville

12:10PM – Aiken Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Meeting – 1000 Woodside   Plantation Drive, Aiken

1:15PM – Visit Aiken High School – 449 Rutlant Drive, Aiken

2:30PM – Tour of Zeus Industrial Products – 2370 Levels Church Road, Aiken

4:00PM – Ribbon-cutting and tour of Dumpster Depot – 2061 University Parkway, Aiken

6:00PM – Town Hall on the Iran Deal and National Security, University of South Carolina Aiken – 471 Aiken Parkway, Aiken  


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Lexington County

9:00AM – Tour of Springhill High School – 1169 Broad River Road, Chapin

10:20AM – Visit Irmo Chamber of Commerce – 1235 Columbia Avenue, Irmo

11:45AM – Lunch at Wiz Eatery – 110 West Church Street, Batesburg-Leesville

1:00PM – Tour of Swansea Nucor – 200 Whetstone Road, Swansea

2:15PM – Tour of Avtec Corporate Headquarters –100 Innovation Place, Lexington

3:45PM – Tour of Medical Services of America – 171 Monroe Lane, Lexington

6:00PM – Town Hall on the Iran Deal and National Security, A.C. Flora High School  – 1 Falcon Drive, Columbia


Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Barnwell and Orangeburg Counties

9:40AM – Tour of Horsehead Corporation – 941 Technology Drive, Barnwell

10:30AM – Tour of Precision Metal Fabricators – 4625 West Street, Williston

11:20AM – Tour of Augusta Fiberglass Coating, Inc. – 86 State Road S-6-549, Blackville

12:30PM – Lunch at Miller’s Bread Basket – 483 Main Street, Blackville

1:40PM – Visit Western Orangeburg County Industrial Park – 6357 Savannah Highway, Livingston

2:40PM – Visit Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College – 3250 St. Matthews Road, Orangeburg

6:00PM – Town Hall on the Iran Deal and National Security, Lexington High School – 2463 Augusta Highway, Lexington

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Congressman Wilson Sponsors Employee Rights Act


Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) announced today that he is an original co-sponsor of the Employee Rights Act, legislation that empowers American workers and shields them from unfair treatment in the workplace:

“I am grateful to cosponsor the Employee Rights Act. This legislation is critical to empowering American workers and shielding them from unfair treatment in the workplace. The Employee Rights Act establishes firm protections for America’s workers—to not join a union, to have a secret ballot, and, if they choose to join a union, to know how their dues are spent.

“South Carolina is a staunch defender of right-to-work protections, even when threatened with multiple lawsuits from the National Labor Relations Board. For years, the President’s Big Labor Bully, the NLRB, has threatened to destroy jobs, invaded employee privacy, and encroached upon worker rights.

“We know that job creation and economic growth comes from expanded freedoms and free markets. Right-to-work states, like South Carolina, have seen these benefits first-hand. We need to expand common-sense reforms, like those in the Employee Rights Act to protect American workers and create jobs.”

Wilson joined Senator Orrin Hatch, Senator Lamar Alexander, Congressman Tom Price, and Congressman David Rouzer at a press conference earlier today where they introduced the legislation.

Wilson serves on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. 

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Wilson Statement on U.S. Restoring Diplomatic Relations with Cuba


Congressman Joe Wilson issued the following statement after the United States and Cuba restored diplomatic relations today:

“By restoring full diplomatic relations with an oppressive regime, President Obama is throwing the Cuban communist dictatorship a lifeline. Since the United States cut ties with Cuba 54 years ago, the communist governments of the Soviet Union and Venezuela have supported the Cuban regime—the same regime that imprisons and oppresses pro-democracy protestors. The best course is for America to support Cuban patriots that want change,” Wilson said.

Congressman Wilson serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. 

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Cyber: a New Domain of Warfare


Recent news about the cyberattack targeting federal employees has gone from bad to worse. Over 21 million federal employee personnel records were affected after the Office of Personnel Management was the target of an extended cyberattack. Personal data, such as social security numbers, financial information, and security clearance documents, was stolen, putting the personal and financial security of our citizens at risk. This attack was hardly unique, and increased reports of cyberattacks against our military websites, government data, and businesses are a common occurrence.

As the new Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, I see each day how cyber is a new domain of warfare. Most businesses reported a successful or attempted cyberattack in the last year—and 60 percent of those facing an attack were small or medium sized businesses. These cyberattacks are a sober reminder to Congress that all government agencies need to work together to better protect public and private networks. Cyber vulnerabilities are an especially concerning new form of attack, because they allow our enemies to score a victory in a new capacity that our country is becoming more dependent upon every day. It is for these reasons that I am working to implement meaningful solutions to improve our nation’s cybersecurity.

Recently, I introduced H.R. 2708, the Cyberattack Standards Study Act, which directs our national security agencies to work together, and develop a clear standard for measuring a cyber incident. Having a clear measurement lets our nation determine the appropriate response when faced with a cyberattack. My bill was included as an amendment in the bipartisan Intelligence Authorization Act, H.R. 2596, which recently passed the House of Representatives. This amendment is a critical first step in building a more comprehensive cyber defense system, and I look forward to this legislation being passed by the Senate.

After a cyberattack, we are left with questions about everything from the perpetrators and the information taken, to the size and scope of the attack. If we gather this information through various government agencies, each use different measures to assess and quantify the damage of an attack. We waste valuable time and resources trying to piece together a response, and by having government agencies and military on the same page, we can have an effective and rapid response when facing new and existing cyber threats.

We need to get our front-line cyber forces trained, readied, and equipped as swiftly as possible to effectively defend American families, but we must be sure they are prepared to respond to these new and diverse threats. Recently, I toured the U.S. Army Cyber Command at Fort Gordon in Augusta, where I was grateful to discuss comprehensive efforts to improve American cybersecurity. It is my hope that Congress will continue to pass meaningful cyber legislation to secure our networks.

Through my work in Congress, I will continue to advance bipartisan legislation that bolsters our national security by developing new protections for our civilian and military networks to defend American families. 

Published in: the North Augusta Star, the New Irmo News, and the Lexington County Chronicle

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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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