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Joe Wilson


Wilson Praises Trump's Iran Announcement


WASHINGTON - Congressman Joe Wilson, a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today released the following statement:

“President Trump's decision not to re-certify the Iran Deal is exactly right. This was a reckless and dangerous deal from the start, it never truly served the interests of the American people, and it threatened the safety and security of America and our allies.

"I look forward to re-visiting the consideration of economic sanctions on the House floor."

This week, the House Foreign Affairs Committee approved the Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act that imposes sanctions directly targeting Iran’s nuclear program and its ability to produce ICBM’s.


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Wilson Named To NDAA Conference Committee


WASHINGTON - Congressman Joe Wilson issued the following statement after he was appointed to the House-Senate conference committee on the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (NDAA):

“South Carolina is one of the nation’s proudest military states. As the father of four sons who have served overseas, I am extraordinarily grateful for the opportunity to join House and Senate colleagues of both parties on the NDAA conference committee. The men and women of the Armed Forces, along with military families, sacrifice every day to keep us safe, and they deserve our full support.”

Conferees, appointed by the Speaker of the House and approved by full House vote, work together to resolve differences between House and Senate-passed versions of a bill that funds the Department of Defense and the Armed Forces of the United States. Congressman Wilson is a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee.

Additional information regarding Congressman Wilson’s appointment is available here.

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Wilson Announces Support For Pain-Capable Bill


WASHINGTON – Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) today expressed his support for H.R. 36, Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The bill, which bans abortions 20 weeks or more after fertilization, gives millions of unborn children a chance to live.

“Every life is precious, has value, and is blessed by God,” said Congressman Wilson. “Working together with pro-life leaders such South Carolina Citizens for Life – and its executive director Holly Gatling – I have fought to protect unborn babies, and I will continue to do so, because those who can’t speak for themselves deserve a voice.”

Congressman Wilson delivered a One Minute Speech on the floor of the House in support of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act on Tuesday afternoon.

Video of Congressman Wilson's floor speech is available at:          

According to medical professionals, a fetus that is 20 weeks old can feel pain. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act establishes criminal penalties for anyone who performs or attempts an abortion after the 20-week mark. The bill provides exceptions to save the life of the mother, and in the case of rape or incest.


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Congressman Wilson Statement on Tax Reform


WASHINGTON - Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) released the following statement after the House Republican Conference retreat on tax reform today:

“Constituents I hear from each day want and deserve tax reform. I’m excited to continue working with House Republicans and President Trump to simplify our tax code and make it more competitive to create jobs.

"When we cut taxes and simplify the tax code, we make sure taxpayers keep more of the money they earn, we level the playing field for American businesses, and we create jobs and opportunity for every American."


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Congressman Wilson Statement on North Korea Missile Launch


Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after North Korea’s most recent missile launch:

As the Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness, North Korea's second missile launch over Japan in one month is a clear act of defiance of the sanctions imposed on them. This poses a direct and unacceptable threat to the United States and our allies Japan and South Korea.

The United States must stand as a leader with our allied nations and do whatever is necessary to keep our families safe. I have full faith in President Trump and his military advisors that they will take whatever actions necessary - be they trade, military, or diplomatic - in order to combat this tyrannical regime. 


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Congressman Wilson Statement on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)



Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement following the Administration’s announcement to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on Tuesday, September 5, 2017: 


“I stand with President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions' decision for termination of the unconstitutional DACA program, which is a threat to American jobs.”


“President Trump is courageously acting in accordance with the Constitution and living up to his campaign promise to follow the law. This step by the Trump Administration will create additional jobs for American families.” 



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Congressman Wilson Statement on President Trump's Afghanistan Strategy


Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02), Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness, issued the following statement following President Trump's address regarding Afghanistan Strategy on Monday, August 21, 2017:

"As the grateful father of an Afghan veteran, a 31 year Army veteran myself, and as Chairman of the Readiness Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee I appreciate President Trump's courage and vision for winning over terrorism. We must win in Afghanistan abroad to destroy safe havens of terrorism which would again attack American families at home."

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Schedule Announced for Rep. Joe Wilson's Annual Bus Tour


On Monday, August 28, 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 Maria Valerio with Congressman Wilson’s office at


Monday, August 28, 2017

Aiken Day

10:10AM – Tour of University of South Carolina-Aiken – 471 University Pkwy, Aiken

11:30AM – Tour of Alley Downtown Taproom – 214 the Alley, Aiken

12:00PM – Aiken Rotary Club at Newberry Hall – 117 Newberry St, Aiken

1:10PM – Tour of Hubbell Power Systems Inc – 1850 Richland Ave, Aiken

2:05PM – Tour of Ahh Sunshine – 1555 Whiskey Rd, Aiken

3:00PM – Tour of Kimberly-Clark – 246 Old Jackson Hwy, Beech Island

4:05PM – Tour of CVS Caremark Distribution Center – 111 Revco Rd, Beech Island


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Lexington Day

8:30AM – Meet and Greet at Irmo Chamber of Commerce – 1235 Columbia Ave,      Irmo

9:35AM – Tour of Chapin Middle School – 11661 Broad River Rd, Chapin

10:50AM – Tour of K2Tech, 111 Stonemark Lan #115, Columbia

12:00PM – Tour of the Marwin Company – 107 McQueen St, Columbia

1:00PM – Cayce-West Columbia Rotary – 1066 Sunset Blvd, West Columbia

2:20PM – Tour of Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt –5580 Sunset Blvd, Lexington

2:55PM – Tour of Mathnasium – 100 A Old Cherokee Rd, Lexington

3:35PM – Tour of Hansen International – 130 Zenker Rd, Lexington


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Midlands Day

8:50AM – Tour of Cardinal Newman High School – 2945 Alpine Rd, Columbia

10:00AM – Tour of Coca Cola – 1001 Northpoint Blvd, Blythewood

11:20AM – Tour of Form Tool Technology – 121 Pontiac Business Center, Elgin

12:15pm – Lunch with FN America – 797 Old Clemson Rd, Columbia

1:35PM – Tour of South Carolina Vocations & Individual Advancement (SCVIA), a division of Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands SC, INC - Fort Jackson

2:05PM – Tour of Fort Jackson

3:35PM – Tour of Duck Donuts – 702 Cross Hill Rd, Columbia

4:15PM – Tour of Brittons, 2818 Devine St, Columbia


Thursday, August 31, 2017

Barnwell and Orangeburg Day

9:30AM – Tour of Anovotek – 9075 Patterson St, Barnwell

11:00AM – Tour of North Family Community School – 4589 Savannah Hwy, North

12:15PM – Lunch at Shealy’s BBQ

1:15PM– Tour of Ansaldo STS – 645 Russell St. Batesburg


* Some stops are subject to last-minute scheduling changes. Should a cancellation or time adjustment occur, media will be notified.


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Congressman Wilson Statement on Elevation of United States Cyber Command


Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) made the following statement after President Donald Trump directed that United States Cyber Command be elevated to the status of a Unified Combatant Command focused on cyberspace operations:

“The elevation of the United States Cyber Command to a Unified Combatant Command focused on cyberspace operation is a significant advancement towards improving our defense and strength as a nation in combatting cyberspace threats.

“This move supports previous language in the FY2017 National Defense Authorization Act and represents a critical step towards establishing an efficient cyber defense system that allows for the United States to better coordinate with it’s allies and combat cyberspace threats on a global level.”

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Congressman Wilson Attends Groundbreaking for New Regional Medical Center ER Department


Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) made the following statement after attending the groundbreaking for a new, freestanding emergency department to serve the Barnwell community this morning:

“The announcement that the Regional Medical Center plans to build an emergency department to serve the Barnwell and Bamberg communities is a culmination of work from the state and federal legislative delegations and the Southern Carolina Regional Development Alliance. I am grateful to support the construction of the facility, and look forward to it being opened to serve the community and create jobs next year.”

Congressman Wilson attends groundbreaking for new Regional Medical Center emergency department.

For more information, please visit here.  

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10.3.2017 - HASC Hearing With Secretary of Defense Mattis and General Dunford

2017-10-03 19:24:57

10.3.2017 - Rep. Joe Wilson One Minute: Pain-Capable Unbord Child Protection Act

2017-10-03 16:20:32

9.6.2017 Rep. Joe Wilson - One Minute Speech: CODEL Wilson

2017-09-08 20:39:05

7.27.17 North Korea Travel Control Act Markup

2017-07-27 19:07:15

7.25.17 - Rep. Joe Wilson One Minute: Recognizing Candace Rich

2017-07-25 18:03:56

7.24.17 - Rep. Joe Wilson One Minute: Welcoming Administrator Pruitt

2017-07-25 16:53:50

Rep. Joe Wilson - One Minute Speech: Praising President Trump's First Six Months in Office

2017-07-19 22:24:46

7.12.17 NDAA Floor Debate - Guantanamo Bay

2017-07-14 17:01:03

7.12.17 NDAA Floor Debate - North Korea

2017-07-14 16:56:15

7.12.17 - NDAA Floor Debate - BRAC

2017-07-14 16:52:11

7.12.17 NDAA Floor Debate - Readiness

2017-07-14 16:43:26

7.12.17 - Rep. Joe Wilson: One Minute Speech - Combating Human Trafficking

2017-07-12 18:29:52

6.28.17 - FY18 NDAA Readiness Mark

2017-06-28 19:54:28

6.28.17 - House Foreign Affairs w/ Amb Nikki Haley

2017-06-28 19:54:42

Congressmen Clyburn and Wilson introduce Congressman Ralph Norman

2017-06-26 23:28:55

6.23.17 - Reps Wilson and Schiff Discuss North Korea on FOX News Channel

2017-06-23 13:16:05

Rep. Joe Wilson One Minute - North Korea Travel Control Act

2017-06-23 00:05:30

6.15.17 Rep. Wilson introduces Ms. Pacynski from SCDEW at Ed and Workforce Hearing

2017-06-15 18:50:48

6.14.17 - Rep. Wilson Questions Secretary Tillerson on North Korea

2017-06-14 18:38:26

6.12.17 HASC Hearing with Secretary of Defense Mattis and General Dunford

2017-06-13 03:32:08

Contact Information

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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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