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Joe Wilson


Wilson Statement on U.S. v. Texas


Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s 4-4 decision in United States v. Texas, which upholds the lower court’s decision that the President’s use of executive action on immigration is unlawful:

“Today’s ruling by the Supreme Court is a victory for the Constitution. By declaring the President’s plan to provide amnesty to illegal aliens unconstitutional and void, we have protected the separation of powers and defended the American people from overreaching executive action. The President doesn’t write laws, Congress does.” 

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Wilson Co-Chairs the 2016 Congressional Art Competition


Today, Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) co-chaired the 2016 Congressional Art Competition Reception in Washington, D.C.

“For 35 years, this competition has inspired many young people in their love of art. I was grateful to bring local artist Yvonne Kinney, from North Augusta, to Washington to have her encourage the students in their work and highlight the importance of giving back to your community,” Wilson said.

“Congratulations to Mary Aufuldish from Cardinal Newman High School in the Midlands on her winning piece, America the Beautiful. I am humbled to represent all of the young talent from the Second Congressional District, and I wish you continued success.”

Congressman Joe Wilson served as the Republican Co-Chair for the 2016 Congressional Art Competition (CAC). He is the first member of the South Carolina delegation to hold the honor.


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Wilson Statement after House Oversight Committee Passes Resolution to Censure IRS Commissioner


Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) released the following statement after the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee passed a House Resolution 737:

“I applaud the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, led by Chairman Jason Chaffetz, for passing a resolution to censure Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen.

“After unlawfully targeting conservative tax-exempt organizations for extra scrutiny, the IRS had an obligation restore accountability and transparency to the American taxpayer. Yet, Commissioner Koskinen failed to testify before the House Judiciary Committee and answer legitimate allegations that he failed to comply with a congressional subpoena, which resulted in the destruction of key evidence, provided false statements during his sworn testimony, and did not notify Congress that Lois Lerner’s emails were mysteriously missing.

“The Commissioner has clearly acted in a manner that is not fitting of his office and has lost the trust of the taxpayers—this resolution censures corruption at the highest level of a department which should be above reproach. I look forward to voting in support on the House floor.”

This week House Republicans stood up for taxpayers, passing the Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act, critical legislation that stops the politicization of government and blocks the IRS from collecting the names of donors to tax-exempt organizations.  

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Wilson Statement after Meeting with Incoming Commanding General of Fort Jackson


Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) released the following statement after meeting with Brigadier General John P. Johnson, incoming Commanding General at Fort Jackson:

“I am grateful to welcome Brigadier General Pete Johnson to Fort Jackson. I look forward to welcoming him to the Midlands—a community that has been designated the ‘Most Military-Friendly Community in America.’ I look forward to working with him to support the crucial missions at Fort Jackson.

“I commend Brigadier General Roger Cloutier on his dedicated service to Fort Jackson and to the community."


The Change of Command is scheduled for June 24, 2016.

Congressman Wilson, whose district includes Fort Jackson, serves on the House Armed Services Committee, where he is Chairman of the Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee. Wilson served in the U.S. Army Reserves and S.C. Army National Guard for 31 years, and all four of his sons have served in the military.

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Wilson Statement on Orlando Attacks


Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement in response to the attacks in Orlando: 

"My thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the attack in Orlando and their families. This is another chilling reminder we are in a Global War on Terrorism where this week Islamic terrorists have murdered dozens of innocent civilians from Baghdad, Iraq, to Orlando, Florida."

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Wilson Statement on Prime Minister Modi's Address to Congress


Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to a joint session of Congress:

“I was grateful to serve on the Escort Committee for Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India and hear his remarks. His dedication to expanding opportunities for businesses to create jobs is inspirational. The people of India have achieved unprecedented growth, moving from a socialist to free-market economy. I look forward to continuing to work with Prime Minister Modi and India to grow the partnership between our countries, as America is the oldest democracy and India is the largest democracy in the world.

“Prime Minister Modi’s visit is especially significant to me as I am a former co-chair and current member of the Congressional Caucus on India and because my father served as a Flying Tiger in India during World War II, providing me a lifetime of friendship and appreciation of the people of India, especially as business leaders, creating jobs. South Carolina is particularly appreciative of the Indian-American community as evidenced by electing Governor Nikki Haley—the second Indian-American governor elected in America.”

Congressman Wilson is a former chairman of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian-Americans, one of the largest caucuses in Congress. He has been a member since 2002.



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Rep. Joe Wilson Named 'Hero of Main Street'


Rep. Joe Wilson (SC-02) today announced that he has received the “Hero of Main Street” award from the National Retail Federation for his support of legislation critical to the retail industry. Wilson is part of a bi-partisan group honored for their support of a wide range of issues including international trade, infrastructure investment, tax reform and labor issues.

“I am grateful to receive the ‘Hero of Main Street’ award from the National Retail Federation,” Wilson said. “Retail supports over 80,000 jobs in the Second Congressional District alone. I will continue to support initiatives in Congress to lower taxes and reduce costly regulations.”

“Congressman Wilson has shown through his support that he cares about retailers big and small, and values the role these businesses play in communities across the country,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “Congressman Wilson is an advocate for his thriving Main Streets and to the long-term growth the retail industry -- our nation’s largest job creators and the catalyst for continued growth and opportunity for our nation’s economy.”

The Hero of Main Street award was created by NRF in 2013 to recognize members of Congress for support of the retail industry’s public policy priorities. Wilson has received the NRF “Hero of Main Street Award” each year since 2013.

Eligibility is based on NRF’s Retail Opportunity Index, bill sponsorship and advocacy to advance the industry’s priorities. The “heroes” have supported policies and initiatives defined by NRF that recognize the contributions of the retail industry, and have worked to encourage a “vibrant, sustained and healthy” retail sector.

NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s This is Retail campaign highlights the industry’s opportunities for life-long careers, how retailers strengthen communities, and the critical role that retail plays in driving innovation.

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Wilson Statement on House Passage of FY 2017 NDAA


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. 4909, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2017. This legislation funds our military and vital national security initiatives.

“This year’s NDAA protects our current and future service members by strengthening military readiness. I am grateful that this bill provides for our troops, veterans, and military families by prioritizing readiness, reforming health care options, extending vital counterterrorism authorities.

“As Chairman of the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, I am especially grateful that the NDAA provides improvements to our cyber readiness, support for innovative science and technology programs, and fully resources our Special Operations forces.”

View Wilson's remarks on the House Floor about the NDAA

Congressman Wilson co-sponsored three key amendments to the NDAA:

Amendment 306, Moulton and Wilson - To require the President to officially notify Congress whenever Iran conducts a ballistic missile launch, and to inform Congress what actions will be taken.

“Since the dangerous Iran Deal went into effect, the regime in Tehran has been increasingly aggressive and conducting frequent intercontinental ballistic missile tests—without facing repercussions. This bipartisan amendment will hold the Administration accountable and require a timely and thorough report on our response to Iran’s hostile actions.”

View Wilson's Remarks on the House Floor about the Amendment

Amendment 179, Langevin and Wilson - To establish a public-private partnership to allow DoD employees to gain experience at private companies and bring industry leaders to DoD.

“Expanding public-private partnerships will encourage innovation and improve the knowledge base for our military leaders.”

View Wilson's Remarks on the House Floor about the Amendment

Amendment 324, Thornberry, Wilson, and Langevin - To establish a Global Engagement Center to lead and coordinate efforts to track foreign propaganda and disinformation efforts intended to undermine U.S. national security interests.

“Many of our enemies, including ISIL, rely on propaganda efforts to recruit and expand their resources. We need to attack our enemies from every approach, and that includes expanding our ability to counter and refute propaganda.” 


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Wilson Greets Honor Flight Veterans


Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) greeted veterans from across South Carolina during their visit to the World War II Memorial in Washington. The veterans’ trip was sponsored by Honor Flight South Carolina, an organization that brings veterans to Washington.

“I am humbled to greet our nation’s veterans during their visit to Washington. Meeting with veterans and hearing their stories always uplifts and inspires me,” Wilson said.

“As a 31 year retiree from the Army Reserves and South Carolina Army National Guard and father of four sons who have served in the military, I am especially grateful to the Honor Flight Network for their work in paying tribute to our service members and veterans.”

Photos of the Honor Flight visit to the World War II Memorial are available here


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Wilson Announces Winners of 2016 Congressional Art Competition


On Friday, May 6, 2016, Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) announced the winners of the 2016 Congressional Art Competition for South Carolina’s Second Congressional District:

  • First Place: Ms. Mary Aufuldish, Cardinal Newman High School

  • Second Place: Mr. Jake Edenfield, Irmo High School

  • Third Place: Ms. Eva Slagle, Chapin High School

Ms. Aufuldish’s piece, America the Beautiful, will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol with art from all participating districts around the country, and she will have the opportunity to visit Washington, D.C. for a reception later this summer.

“For the past 34 years, the Congressional Art Competition has inspired and encouraged young artists,” Wilson said. “I’m grateful to have the opportunity to showcase students from the Second District. Each of the entries was a wonderful representation of the talent in our young artists.”

The winning art can be viewed on Wilson's Facebook page

The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students.  Students who are interested in submitting art for the 2017 Annual Congressional Art Competition should visit Wilson’s website next January.

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Recap of the 2016 Congressional Art Competition

2016-06-24 15:31:33

6.21.16 - Rep. Joe Wilson One Minute: Islamic Terrorism Global Threat

2016-06-21 18:11:06

6.16.16 This Week With Wilson: Terror Attack in Orlando & Foreign Affairs Hearings

2016-06-16 19:28:20

Remembering Charleston: One Year Later

2016-06-16 20:00:30

6.15.16 - Rep. Joe Wilson One Minute: Happy 241st Birthday to the U.S. Army

2016-06-15 16:50:48

6.14.16 - Rep. Joe Wilson One Minute: Boeing's 100th Birthday

2016-06-15 15:46:01

Happy 241st Birthday to the United States Army!

2016-06-14 20:59:44

6.13.16 - Rep. Joe Wilson One Minute: Guantanamo Released Kills Americans

2016-06-13 19:27:43

6.10.16 This Week With Wilson: Prime Minister Modi, Committee Hearings, and President Pastides visit

2016-06-10 18:21:20

6.10.16 - Rep. Joe Wilson One Minute: Appreciating Prime Minister Modi

2016-06-10 14:31:23

6.9.16 - Rep. Joe Wilson One Minute: Commemorating SC State Guard Week

2016-06-09 19:43:56

6.7.15 - Rep. Joe Wilson One Minute: Speaker Paul Ryan's "A Better Way" Plan

2016-06-07 18:24:58

Happy Memorial Day!

2016-05-27 15:58:35

5.26.16 This Week With Wilson: Floor Debates, Foreign Affairs Hearings, and Constituent Meetings

2016-05-27 12:50:29

5.25.16 - Rep. Joe Wilson One Minute: IRS Scandal

2016-05-25 16:19:36

5.24.16 - Rep Joe. Wilson: Floor Debate on the MOX Facility

2016-05-25 13:11:52

5.24.16 - Rep. Joe Wilson One Minute: Elementary School Essay Competition

2016-05-24 18:17:37

5.20.16 This Week With Wilson: Passing the NDAA, time with the USO, and constituent meetings

2016-05-20 20:17:54

5.18.16 NDAA Floor Debate - Wilson, Langevin Amendment

2016-05-18 23:19:04

5.18.16 NDAA Floor Debate - Wilson, Moulton Amendment

2016-05-18 23:15:46

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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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