Joe Wilson

Joe Wilson


Wilson Applauds Passage of American SAFE Act


Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after voting to strengthen our screening process for refugees and protect American families: 

"On Friday, our nation watched in horror as Paris endured multiple murderous attacks by Islamist radicals.  My thoughts and prayers go out to the citizens of France, the oldest ally of the United States. In the last month, the Islamic State is responsible for murdering 224 innocent civilians on a Russian jetliner, murdering more than 40 in suicide bombings in Beirut, and in multiple attacks in Paris, killing 129 innocents. It is clear that the Islamic State knows no boundary or restriction when it comes to attacking liberty around the world and has announced that it is targeting Washington and Rome," Wilson said.

"The President plans to admit thousands of Syrian refugees across our borders, despite warnings from Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and FBI Director James Corney that it is impossible to thoroughly screen refugees

"We can be compassionate to refugees seeking freedom and a better life, but, in doing so, cannot risk the safety and security of American families. I was grateful to vote in favor of H.R. 4038, the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act, legislation that would develop the strongest national security vetting process in history to protect American families."

The House passed H.R. 4038 by a vote of 289 to 137.

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Wilson to Introduce NLRB Reform Act


Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) held press conferences today in West Columbia and North Augusta to announce the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Reform Act.

This critical legislation will rectify the bias in the NLRB by adding a sixth member—establishing equal representation for each political party. It will benefit employers and employees and will provide greater stability in the workforce by reining in the activist general counsel and enforcing timely decision-making.

“For too long, the partisan nature of the National Labor Relations Board has caused instability in how the NLRB will interpret labor policy rules, harming employees and destroying jobs.

“Businesses, employees, and American families need stability and to be treated fairly in the workplace. Unfortunately, the President’s ‘Big Labor Bully’ has constantly abused its authority by overregulating and restricting right-to-work states,” Wilson said.

“South Carolina has seen first-hand the harmful effects of an activist NLRB after they attempted to stall Boeing’s expansion in our state, threatening thousands of jobs at the site and for subcontractors in the Second Congressional District—something that would not have been possible under an impartial NLRB.

“A non-partisan board would restore fairness and protect the rights of workers and allow for growth in our private sector through job creation. South Carolina knows the benefits for workers of being non-union with the right-to-work law, which resulted in our state being America’s leading exporter of cars and manufacturer and exporter of tires.”

Ted Pitts, CEO of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce added:

“There is no doubt that one of the reasons that South Carolina has been so successful at attracting and retaining business is because of our strong workforce and right to work laws that are good for employees and employers. However as business continues to grow in the Palmetto state, South Carolina companies are becoming a bigger target for labor unions. We thank Congressman Wilson for his efforts to rein in the NLRB and make it more accountable to the American people.”

In West Columbia, Congressman Wilson made the announcement at Nephron Pharmaceuticals where he was joined by CEO Lou Kennedy.

In North Augusta, Congressman Wilson made the announcement at Communigraphics, where he was hosted by State Representative Bill Hixon (R-North Augusta) and local employers promoting jobs.

The NLRB Reform Act will be officially introduced in the House of Representatives on Monday, November 16, 2015. It has also been introduced in the Senate by Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN). 


More Information, including bill text, available here. 

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Wilson Recognizes Veterans Day


Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02), Chair of the House Armed Services Subcommittee for Emerging Threats and Capabilities, today released the following statement as America honors its heroes this Veterans Day:

“Today, we gather to honor veterans across the nation for their service to our great country.  While we specifically recognize them today, we are grateful for their bravery each and every day,” Congressman Wilson said.

 “This Veterans Day, let us all never forget the sacrifices that take place to secure and preserve our nation’s liberty and justice. God bless our veterans and God bless America. Freedom is not free.”

This morning, Congressman Wilson will attend the Veterans Day Parade in Columbia, South Carolina, and will attend the War Dog Memorial Dedication in the South Carolina Veterans Memorial Park this afternoon. 

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Wilson Introduces SPY Car Study Act


Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities Joe Wilson (SC-02) introduced the SPY Car Study Act of 2015 today. The bill directs government partners and private auto manufacturers to conduct a study on security and privacy threats in motor vehicles.

“Throughout the past few months, we’ve seen widespread reports of cyber vulnerabilities in vehicles that threaten the safety and privacy of American families. To solve these emerging threats, we need to promote collaboration across both the public and private sectors,” Wilson said.

“Vehicle safety is of great importance to me because South Carolina is America’s leading exporter on cars and tires. I am proposing the SPY Car Study Act because it is irresponsible to mandate changes in a developing field before accurately assessing the situation.

 “The bipartisan SPY Car Study Act requires a study of isolation measures between critical and non-critical software, detection protocol for malicious behavior, techniques to discourage and mitigate malicious intrusions, and best practices to secure private data collected by electronic systems.”

More information, including bill text, available here. 

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South Carolina Flood Response - A tale of two state mottos


Throughout October, our state has been tested by the devastating effects of a thousand-year rainfall and tragic flooding. While our citizens have faced adversity before, the unprecedented rain created widespread destruction that affected all corners of the state.

While inspired by our state’s resilience, I mourn those who lost their lives in the flooding and keep the families who lost their homes, businesses and vehicles to damage in my thoughts.

It would be easy, even understandable, for us to be resigned to the tragedy that has overwhelmed families, homes and businesses. But that isn’t how our citizens respond to adversity.

South Carolina, a state rich with history, has been blessed with two mottos: Animis Opibusque Parati and Dum Spiro Spero.

These mottos have guided and uplifted our state during times of struggle and continue to guide us in the face of this tragedy.

The first – Animis Opibusque Parati – means “Prepared in Mind and Resources.” Advanced and early preparations after National Weather Service alerts were critical to our recovery efforts. Governor Nikki Haley and Adjutant General Bob Livingston took warnings seriously, and helped prepare and lead the state through this difficult time. I am grateful for our well-trained and devoted first response teams and our local media who worked tirelessly to provide assistance and information to our state. Our preparedness in mind and resources has produced an outstanding response to this disaster.

The second motto – Dum Spiro Spero – means “While I Breathe I Hope.” This tragedy has reiterated to me the strength and character of South Carolina. I was filled with hope by the inspirational, spontaneous acts of volunteers such as Frank Roddey, Ryan Truluck, Drew Bozard and Zack Hudson and dozens of others who rescued residents by boat from their submerged homes around the Midlands. I was touched by local organizations and churches who rallied volunteers, charities like the Red Cross who operated 26 shelters and have distributed over 13,000 clean up kits, and the Salvation Army who has donated over 50,00 meals during the crisis. These acts have breathed hope into the hearts of South Carolinians whose lives were disrupted by this tragedy.

I am hopeful for a quick and full recovery and I urge individuals to apply for disaster relief from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and for disaster loans for their homes and small businesses from the Small Business Administration (SBA). More information and contact details are available on the website

I am grateful for the strength and of our state and I pray our citizens will never be forced to endure another natural disaster or tragedy in our community. But, I am comforted in knowing that if we are tested once more, our citizens will, yet again, respond with resilience and grace.

God Bless South Carolina.

Animis Opibusque Parati. Dum Spiro Spero.


As seen in: The North Augusta Star the New Irmo Newsthe Twin City News, the People Sentinel, and the Chapin Times.

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Wilson Statement on Speaker Paul Ryan


Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after the entire South Carolina Republican delegation supported the election of Congressman Paul Ryan to Speaker of the House:

“I have been grateful to serve with Congressman Paul Ryan, a proven conservative, throughout my time in Congress and can attest to his commitment to conservative values and strength of service to the First District of Wisconsin and every corner of our nation, which he visited while campaigning,” Wilson said.

“On Wednesday, The National Journal cited Ryan has become a ‘budget-slashing fiend.’ I look forward to Speaker Ryan’s leadership as we work to advance meaningful, conservative change for the American people, limiting government and expanding freedom.” 

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Wilson Statement on the Reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank


Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after voting to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank of the United States:

“I am grateful that the House of Representatives voted to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank to create jobs. More than 60 countries offer their own version of the Export-Import Bank, and it is critical that South Carolina’s businesses have the same opportunity to compete in the global economy and create jobs, such Zeus of Orangeburg and Aiken, Prysmian of Lexington, AGY of Aiken, Thermal Engineering of Columbia, and Charleston Aluminum of Gaston,” Wilson said.  

“This institution is critical to leveling the playing field and allowing South Carolina businesses to remain competitive in an ever growing global economic market creating jobs for South Carolina families.”

 In 2014, the Export-Import Bank supported 164,000 jobs in the United States, and nearly 90 percent of its transactions benefited small businesses.

In June, the following businesses and organizations in South Carolina sent a letter to Congress, voicing their support for the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank:

  • AME, Inc.
  • American Shipping & Logistics Group
  • Be Green Packaging
  • Beacon Allied Resources, Inc.
  • Bridge to Life, Inc.
  • Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce
  • Chester County Chamber of Commerce
  • Compass International Company Inc.
  • Customs Brokers & Freight Forwarders Association of Charleston, SC
  •  Duer/Carolina Coil, Inc.
  • Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce
  • Greenville Chamber of Commerce
  • Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce
  • Innovative Global Supply, LLC
  • John S. James Co.
  • Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce
  • Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Scout Boats
  • Shipco Transport
  • South Carolina Chamber of Commerce
  • South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance
  •  South Carolina Ports Authority
  • Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce
  •  Tri-County Regional Chamber of Commerce

 (bolded companies are located in the Second Congressional District of South Carolina)

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Wilson Statement on the Passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act


Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) made the following statement after voting in favor of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015:

“I am grateful the House passed the Bipartisan Budget Act today.  This bill provides adequate funding for our troops, their families, and veterans, and offers service members certainty for the future. Additionally, this bill will create jobs by building a healthy economy that implements common-sense reforms to our entitlement programs, protects Social Security, prevents our government from defaulting on its obligations, and stands up for conservative principles by dismantling a key provision of Obamacare.,” Wilson said.

“Most importantly, since it is fully paid for, this act will reign in liberal, out-of-control spending.”

The Bipartisan Budget Act passed the House on October 28, 2015 by a vote of 266 to 167. 


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Wilson Statement on President’s Veto of the NDAA


Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities Joe Wilson (SC-02) made the following statement regarding President Obama’s veto of H.R. 1735, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016.

“I am disappointed in the President’s decision to veto the NDAA—a bill that provides for our service members and equips our troops to fight serious threats to American families, like the Islamic State. Providing for our military should be bipartisan to deter violence around the world and promote peace through strength,” Wilson said.

“The President is vetoing this bill over abstract budgetary reasons, and by doing so, misses the positive impact this bill will have for our troops. I support the NDAA because it directly supports our service members and military families in the Second Congressional District.

“I encourage all Members of Congress to join me with bipartisan support for the NDAA and pledge to override this veto. We must override this veto to support our troops and implement common-sense reforms, such as updating the military acquisition process and improving the military retirement system.”

The NDAA passed the House on October 1, 2015, by a vote of 270 to 156 and passed the Senate on October 6, 2015, by a vote of 70 to 27. 

This year’s NDAA provided for a strong cyber defense, safeguarding technological superiority, enabling Special Operations for the future, providing resources to combat terrorism and unconventional warfare and providing critical resources for the Armed Forces and their families.


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Wilson Statement on Congressman Ryan's Candidacy for Speaker


Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after Congressman Paul Ryan, Chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means, announced his candidacy for Speaker of the House of Representatives:

“Congress needs a positive leader as we work to advance meaningful, conservative change for the American people limiting government and expanding freedom. Chairman Ryan will be a unifying, positive voice for American families with his proven dedication for future generations,” Wilson said.

Elections for Speaker of the House will be held October 29.  

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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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