Joe Wilson

Joe Wilson




(Washington, DC) – Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) released the following statement after the House passed a bill to approve construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. “The American people made it clear last week that they want to stop President Obama’s policies.  Moving forward with the Keystone XL Pipeline should not be a difficult task, but the Administration has put the politics of mega-donors over the wishes of the American people. Breaking ground on this job-creating project is a step in the right direction and shows that Republicans and Democrats in both Chambers can work together for positive change in Washington.  I am hopeful that the Senate will pass identical legislation and send it to the President’s desk for his signature. If the President continues to stall on the Keystone XL Pipeline, it supports the belief that he values his own agenda over creating permanent jobs and promoting energy independence.”   *Jobs in South Carolina’s Second Congressional District would be created if the Keystone XL Pipeline were built.  MTU Diesel in Graniteville and Michelin Tire Corporation in Lexington are among a lengthy list of companies that have resources needed for construction.  Read More



(Washington, DC) – Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after questioning Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel about the Administration’s strategy and military campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the Middle East. “The complete and systematic defeat of ISIL is imperative for the United States’ national security and the safety of our allies around the world,” Chairman Wilson stated.  “Achieving this outcome is growing increasingly difficult due to ISIL’s changing tactics and the President’s reluctance to listen to the advice of his experienced military advisors.  After today’s hearing, I am further convinced that the President needs to devote more resources and attention to effectively destroy ISIL. Additionally, I believe that a comprehensive plan, which considers all options presented from our military leaders, is critical to complete our mission, protect our national interests, and bring peace to Iraq and Syria.” Click here to view the video from today’s hearing. Read More

Wilson: Must Use All Means Necessary to Fight Ebola


(WASHINGTON, DC) – Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) released the following statement in regards to the current ongoing Ebola outbreak: “The Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) negligence to contain Ebola at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas has lead to the preventable infection of two American nurses.  It has also escalated fear that a full-blown pandemic will spread across the United States. President Obama continues to stall and waste precious time, rather than enforcing proper protocols with extensive assistance that would curtail this problem. We must use all means necessary to fight against Ebola.  This includes travel and visa restrictions, additional border support, increased airport screening, and access to appropriate hazardous material supplies at hospitals. We must not look back on this outbreak and believe that our government did ‘too little, too late.’ The United States must proactively make the difficult decisions necessary to protect our families, rather than wait for outside groups like the World Health Organization to make these decisions for us.” *Congressman Wilson has been in touch with local healthcare officials to offer assistance and ensure hospitals within South Carolina’s Second Congressional District are prepared to treat Ebola.  He is confident that healthcare facilities will work hand in hand with DHEC and enforce protocols to prevent further exposure or infection. Additionally, as Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personal, Congressman Wilson felt it necessary to ensure the 1,500 brave men and women serving in West Africa in Operation United Assistance remain safe and protected from contracting Ebola.  The text of the letter: The Honorable Charles Hagel Secretary of Defense 1000 Defense Pentagon Washington, DC 20301-1000 Dear Secretary Hagel: On September 30, 2014, the Department of Defense deployed approximately 1,500 soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division to Liberia for Operation United Assistance. Additional personnel are expected to deploy in late October and November bringing the total number to roughly between 3,000 and 4,000.  With this deployment, I have concerns about the strategy associated with the role of the military in their response to the Ebola outbreak.  I have a number of questions regarding the practical role of our troops in halting the outbreak and serving those affected.  As the Ebola virus continues to spread throughout West Africa and has now surfaced in Dallas Texas, I would like to relay my serious concerns with the prospect of exposure and infection amongst the up to 4,000 deployed personnel serving in Operation United Assistance.  I am extremely concerned for the protection and well being of our servicemen and women who have been deployed to curtail the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.  As the Ebola virus spreads throughout West Africa and more recently infected two healthcare workers in Dallas I would like to know what exposure risk our troops are expected to encounter while serving as support for command and control, logistics support, training, and engineering support?  Will their exposure be comparable to that of the medical personnel who recently contracted Ebola in Dallas, Texas? Additionally, what type of assurances are there that while serving in these roles the service member will not come into direct contact with an infected patient?  And finally, could you please describe what a successful mission in West Africa would look like? As Chairman of the House Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, it is my top priority that our servicemen and women are properly trained and equipped during their deployment.  Many thanks for your considerations and I look forward to your response. Sincerely,   Joe Wilson Military Personnel Subcommittee Chairman Read More



(Washington, DC) – Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) released the following statement responding to a report released today by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) confirming that, contrary to specific promises made by President Obama and Democratic leaders, Obamacare subsidies are supporting insurance plans that cover abortions: “Today’s GAO report reveals the further deception and broken promises the President continues to make while implementing Obamacare.  Even with Democrats’ assurances with the hastily passed bill, an overwhelming bipartisan group agreed a provision must be added to protect taxpayers from being forced to abandon their beliefs and fund elective abortions.   In January of this year, House Republicans and Democrats passed H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2014, to address concerns that government exchange insurance policies were unlawfully providing abortion coverage. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid should pass our bill and send it to the President’s desk for signature in an attempt to restore faith with the American people.”   NOTE: As one of many examples of where President Obama and Democratic leaders promised the American people that Obamacare would not fund abortions, on September 9, 2009, President Obama told the Joint Session of Congress on Health Care: “And one more misunderstanding I want to clear up -- under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions, and federal conscience laws will remain in place.” This infamous speech is a shocking hallmark of President’s Obama duplicity.  Read More

Wilson Statement on ISIL Presidential Address


(Washington, DC) – Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement in anticipation of President Obama’s address this evening regarding the situation in the Middle East. “The security threat the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) poses to American families, the Middle East, and our Allies around the world deserves decisive action. As terrorists continue to slaughter innocent civilians and vengefully decapitate American journalists boasting of further attacks in America, I am hopeful the President will finally stand up for freedom instead of offering empty promises and weak rhetoric that lack resolve. “For years, scholars and foreign policy analysts have warned of expanding terrorist safe havens in the Middle East.  The President ignored these concerns and mistakenly withdrew our troops from Iraq without securing a Status of Forces Agreement, which has put Americans at risk of attack at home and abroad. “The only way forward is effectively destroy ISIL and make it known throughout the world that terrorist organizations that seek to destroy the American people and our Allies will not be tolerated.  As Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel, I will continue to closely monitor this situation and make certain that our interests in the Middle East remain protected.”   Read More



WILSON ANNOUNCES ANNUAL BUS TOUR SCHEDULE  (WASHINGTON) – On Monday, August 25, 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 efforts in Congress. NOTE: Not all stops are media accessible.  Any media wishing to attend should contact Caroline Delleney with Congressman Wilson’s office at (202) 812-1426.   Monday, August 25th, 2014 Lexington County 7:30AM – West Metro Chamber Breakfast - 1006 12th St., Cayce 8:45AM – Tour of SCE&G – 220 Operation Way, Cayce 10:30AM – Visit to Carolina Springs Middle School - 6180 Platt Springs Road, Lexington 12:00PM – Lunch at Shealy’s Bar-B-Que – 340 East Columbia Avenue, Leesville 1:30PM – Tour of Michelin Tire Corporation – 2400 Two Notch Road, Lexington 3:15PM – Visit with Chapin High School - 300 Columbia Ave, Chapin 4:30PM – Meet and Greet at the Irmo Chamber of Commerce – 1248 Lake Murray Blvd., Irmo Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 Richland County 7:30AM – Breakfast with the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce - Fort Jackson Drill Instructor School, 9574 Marion Ave, Fort Jackson, Columbia 9:00AM – Tour of Koyo Bearing Plant - 1006 Northpoint Blvd., Blythewood 10:20AM – Visit to Blythewood Pharmacy – 420-B McNulty Road, Blythewood 11:00AM – Tour of the SC Department of Motor Vehicles – 10311 Wilson Blvd., Blythewood 12:00PM – Military Officers Association of America (MOAA): Columbia Chapter Luncheon – Fort Jackson Officers Club, 3630 Semmes Road, Fort Jackson, Columbia 1:50PM – Visit to AC Flora High School – 1 Falcon Drive, Columbia 3:05PM – Visit with the Columbia Fire Department – 2847 Devine Street, Columbia 4:00PM – Tour the University of South Carolina’s Office of Economic Engagement – Horizon Building, 541 Main Street, Columbia Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 Aiken County 7:15AM – North Augusta AM Connections Breakfast – North Augusta Community Center, 495 Brookside Avenue, North Augusta 9:00AM – Halocarbon Products Corporation – 1100 Dittman Court, North Augusta 10:15AM – Tour of Aiken Technical College – 2276 Jefferson Davis Highway, Graniteville 11:30AM – Tour of Aiken Regional Medical Center – 302 University Parkway, Aiken 12:45PM – Visit to Millbrook Elementary School – 255 E Pine Log Road, Aiken 2:10PM – Visit with The Mill on Park – 237 Park Ave SW, Aiken 3:15PM – Tour of She’s Fit – 110 Park Avenue SW, Aiken 3:45PM – Savannah River Site Roundtable – Aiken Electric Cooperative, Inc., 2790 Wagener Road, Aiken Thursday, August 28th, 2014 Barnwell County 8:30AM – Tour of Unitech Service Group – 178 Aldo Drive, Barnwell 10:00AM – Tour of Dixie-Narco – 3330 Dixie-Narco Blvd., Williston *Additional Orangeburg County stop will be announced later.   Read More

Wilson Statement on VA Access and Accountability Bill


(Washington, DC) – Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after the House passed the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act, a bipartisan, bicameral agreement that begins to address the problems facing our veterans at the VA. This piece of legislation allows veterans to seek private care if they live more than 40 miles from the nearest VA facility, or are unable to get an appointment at a VA facility within 30 days. It also makes it easier to fire or demote senior VA managers who are not doing their jobs. “Our veterans have experienced the unthinkable at VA hospitals across this Nation because of the Administration’s mismanagement and corruption.  I am very pleased that House Republicans and Senate Democrats have come together to address this very important issue.  Giving veterans access to private care and promoting accountability are two necessary steps that will put us on the path to ensuring our veterans receive the health care they have earned and deserve.  “My good friend and colleague House VA Committee Chairman Jeff Miller should be given tremendous credit for working in a bipartisan fashion.  Although today’s bill is not perfect, I am proud to support it.  Washington politics should not prohibit progress on an issue that has led to preventable deaths of the very heroes who risked their lives to keep American families safe.” Read More

Wilson Statement on Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner


(Washington, DC) – Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement today in response to Boeing’s announcement that the company will be building the 787-10 Dreamliner in South Carolina. "Today's announcement is exciting news for our economy and jobs in the Palmetto State. Boeing continues to bring business to South Carolina primarily because of our successful right-to-work laws.  The Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner is one-of-a kind and the first to be solely built in a nonunion factory.   "Boeing’s decision to expand is tremendously significant for South Carolina’s Second Congressional District as it will create jobs at Zeus Industrial Products, LLC in Orangeburg for tubing, Prysmian Group in Lexington for cable, AGY in Aiken for cabin interiors, and Thermal Engineering Corporation in Columbia for composite exterior painting.  I look forward to watching production of this superior aircraft and am thankful for Boeing's continued investment in South Carolina.” Read More

Wilson Statement on the Passing of Earl Brown


(Washington, DC) – Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement upon the passing of Earl F. Brown, the former Deputy District Director for South Carolina's Second Congressional District.  Earl worked in the Midlands Office for eleven years representing Congressman Wilson throughout the community. "I was advised this morning by Attorney General Alan Wilson of the passing last night of Earl F. Brown, the former Deputy Director of the Second Congressional District. This is a time to recognize an appreciated Patriot of our State. From his Army service, his Columbia Rotary Club dedication, to rising to being Director of the Human Affairs Commission to the Congressional Office, Earl was driven by his love of people. His loss is personal to the Wilson Family where four generations have affectionately identified him as 'Uncle Earl', a tradition that started with the births of our four grandchildren at Lexington Medical Center as Earl was always the first visitor bringing flowers. Our sympathy to his daughter Kim, son Felton, and his beloved church family at Brookland Baptist Church," Congressman Wilson stated. Read More

Augusta Chronicle: Good things come in threes


The $34 billion Energy and Water Appropriations Bill that passed the House recently is by no means perfect legislation. But there are many important aspects of the bill to cheer about, not least the funding to continue the MOX project at Savannah River Site. The bipartisan spending package allots $345 million to continue construction for the mixed-oxide fuel fabrication facility for the 2015 fiscal year beginning Oct. 1. This temporarily would reverse the Obama administration’s plan to put the MOX facility on “cold standby” – a bureaucratic euphemism for termination. The White House plan to shutter the 60-percent-complete project would cost the region about 1,800 jobs and force the Department of Energy to explore other options to dispose of Cold War-era plutonium. The MOX option turns the plutonium into power-plant fuel as part of a nuclear nonproliferation agreement with Russia. “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,” Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., said after the bill’s approval. But the MOX lifeline is hardly a done deal. A Senate version of the bill, which sets MOX funding at $400 million, has ground to a halt, along with the rest of the appropriations process, amid squabbling over amendments. And the White House – already incensed by riders to the bill limiting federal agencies’ environmental regulatory powers – has pledged a veto, saying MOX funding “prevents the development of lower-cost technologies for disposal of excess plutonium.” That statement is plain false. Even if you were to believe the nebulous $31 billion “life-cycle” cost estimate Obama bureaucrats attach to MOX – which we don’t, and you shouldn’t – completing the project still is cheaper than three of the four Energy Department-proposed alternatives. The price tag of the fourth DOE option is unknown. MOX advocates, including contractor Shaw AREVA MOX Services, say total costs are closer to $17 billion. Only a federal bureaucrat could find wisdom in halting a project more than halfway complete to start over from scratch on one of four alternatives that is likely to end up costing more. We see Obama’s plan to shutter the MOX facility for what it is – a blatantly partisan attempt to punish a conservative region. There’s nothing “wrong” with the technology, the facility or the contractor. The MOX project just happens to be in a red state. House lawmakers also wisely decided to keep the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository alive by allocating $55 million to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to “support continued adjudication” of the facility’s licensing application. Like MOX, Yucca Mountain already has billions of taxpayer dollars invested in it. And, like MOX, the Obama administration zeroed out Yucca Mountain for political reasons. Without the deep-geologic repository in Nevada, the nation’s high-level nuclear waste – including waste stored at SRS – will remain in dangerous limbo, scattered across the country. The Energy and Water bill also contains a provision that seeks to end further delays to the deepening of the Port of Savannah’s busy shipping channel, a long-awaited, $706 million project for which Georgia already has ponied up its 40 percent share of $266 million. The bill contains a clause added by U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, a Savannah Republican and member of the House Appropriations Committee, that allocates $1.5 million to the Army Corps of Engineers to finalize an agreement to start construction using mostly state money. If it fails to do so by Oct. 1, the Corps would have to make weekly progress reports to Congress on the project. The clause is prudently crafted to keep the Obama administration accountable. As we stated earlier, this bill is not perfect. It’s only $50 million below the amount appropriated in fiscal year 2014. A little more fiscal conservatism out of a Republican-controlled House would have been appreciated. But this bill absolutely should become law. The funding for MOX diversifies the SRS mission; Yucca Mountain means safer nuclear waste storage; and a deepened Savannah harbor would boost its importance as an international industrial seaport. It’s an important triple benefit for Georgia and South Carolina. 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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