Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) made the following statement on the terrorist attack in Nice, France:
“Yesterday’s terror attack in Nice is another somber reminder that we are in a Global War on Terrorism. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families, and the people of France.
“We will stand with France, our oldest ally, in the fight against Islamic terrorism.”
Congressman Wilson serves as co-chair of the French Caucus and is a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee and House Foreign Affairs Committee.Read More
Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after Speaker Paul Ryan appointed him to the Conference Committee for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2017:
“I am grateful to support this year’s NDAA, crucial legislation that promotes readiness, reforms military health care options, and extends vital counterterrorism authorities. As Chairman of the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, I look forward to working with the conference committee on this bipartisan legislation.”
Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Mac Thornberry, made the following statement on Congressman Wilson’s appointment:
“As a veteran and proud military parent, Congressman Wilson has been a strong advocate for troops, veterans, and military families. I look forward to working with him during the conference proceedings to improve readiness and strengthen our nation’s response to new and emerging threats.”Read More
Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) questioned Special Envoys for Guantanamo Closure today during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing:
Excerpts from Congressman Wilson’s statement:
“It’s so important, I’ve had the opportunity to visit Guantanamo twice to see the personnel there, the professionalism of our military, and it’s the place where terrorists should be.”
“It is utterly absurd, the thought of bringing them to the United States in any way or releasing them.”
“We’re detaining people who have every intent to kill American families.”
“By releasing these people, American families are at risk around the world, and I hope that you will reconsider what you are doing.”
“We are in a Global War on Terrorism, this is not an academic exercise of deterrence or incarceration.”
Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) made the following statement following FBI Director James Comey’s recommendation not to bring charges against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton:
“Today, FBI Director James Comey identified that Secretary Hillary Clinton was ‘extremely careless’ with her use of a private email server during her time as Secretary of State. The investigation was telling—over one hundred classified emails were found on her server, despite her repeated statements that she never sent classified information. Additionally, the FBI couldn’t rule out that her server could have been hacked, endangering lives and putting American families at risk.
“Secretary Clinton’s actions were remarkably reckless and displayed a lack of judgement.”Read More
Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after the House Select Committee on Benghazi released their final report:
“I applaud the work of Chairman Trey Gowdy and the rest of the House Select Committee on Benghazi for their dedicated, fact-driven investigation into the murders of four Americans. From the Committee’s thorough and dedicated work, it is clear—former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should have realized the risks to the mission in Benghazi and its personnel, and I am grateful that the truth is being revealed, despite intentional roadblocks and delays to deceive the American people. Trey Gowdy's persistance of the truth has been inspiring."Read More
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.
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.”Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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."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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