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Congressman Wilson introduces Congressman Norman to House of Representatives


Today, Congressman Jim Clyburn (SC-06), dean of the South Carolina delegation, and Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) introduced Congressman Ralph Norman (SC-05) to Congress following his swearing in ceremony by Speaker Paul Ryan. Watch remarks by Congressman Clyburn, Congressman Wilson, and Congressman Norman here.

Congressman Wilson’s remarks as prepared for delivery:

Mr. Speaker,

It is a great honor to be here tonight with Congressman Clyburn on a very extraordinary evening—to me it is a dream come true. Eleven years ago, my wife and I had the opportunity to campaign across the Fifth Congressional District by bus. As we traveled the district with Ralph and Elaine Norman, I found out that his business background gives him the basis to understand how to create jobs. I saw his affection for our veterans and understanding of the importance of a strong national defense. It was so inspiring to also be with their four grown children, who are each so successful.

For the past seven years, I’m really grateful he’s been a floor leader for Governor Nikki Haley, now our Ambassador to the United Nations where he has advocated for limited government and expanded freedom. It is with great honor that I introduce to you and yield to Congressman Ralph Norman. 

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Schiff-Wilson Bill Restricting Tourist Travel to North Korea Will Move Forward in House


Today, Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Joe Wilson (R-SC) announced that they had received a commitment from House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) to mark up their bipartisan North Korea Travel Control Act, which would require the Treasury Department to issue regulations requiring a license for travel to, from, and within North Korea by American citizens, and ban tourist travel by Americans. This new action in the House comes after Otto Warmbier, a college student who was imprisoned by North Korea, tragically passed away days after being returned to his family after a period of captivity. The Schiff-Wilson bill is expected to be considered in Committee in the coming weeks.

“The tragic murder of Otto Warmbier at the hands of the North Korean government has made it clear that it is past time that we restrict tourist travel to communist, totalitarian North Korea,” said Rep. Wilson. “I am grateful that Chairman Ed Royce has committed to marking up this important legislation soon, and look forward to having it debated in the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Every penny that goes to the brutal regime is used in the subjugation of its own people and unlawful detention of American citizens. By cutting off this source of income we can protect American families and deny the regime hard currency.”

“Time and time again, the North Korean regime has shown that it will treat Americans who visit their nation as hostages to extract concessions from the United States, and put their lives in danger. The tragic death of Otto Warmbier, which is tantamount to the murder of a U.S. citizen by North Korea, brings further into focus the need to go beyond simply warning Americans not to visit this pariah state,” said Rep. Schiff. “I’m pleased that the Foreign Affairs Committee is moving expeditiously to take up our bill, which would place meaningful and effective limits on the travel of Americans to this pariah state, and ban tourist travel entirely.”

Late last month, Schiff and Wilson introduced the bipartisan North Korea Travel Control Act. At least seventeen Americans have been detained in the past ten years, despite the State Department strongly warning U.S. citizens against traveling to the DPRK. Currently, at least three Americans remain imprisoned. With heightened tensions between the United States and North Korea, the danger that additional Americans will be detained for political reasons has increased. In addition to security concerns, Western visitors bring with them much needed foreign currency, especially valued in a country facing extensive international sanctions for its illegal nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.

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Chairman Wilson Holds Readiness Markup for NDAA


Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) made the following statement after the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness marked up proposals for the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act today:  

“Today’s markup in the Readiness Subcommittee represents a strong, bipartisan commitment to ensuring that our troops, veterans, and military families have the resources they need to protect America and our allies. For the past few months, we’ve heard from the Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marines that they need additional resources, equipment, and training to complete the mission and address our nation’s readiness shortfalls.

“While I am grateful for the comprehensive markup, our commitment to readiness must go beyond just this year. By providing sufficient training and resources for FY 2018, we can begin to rectify the years of damage that sequestration has caused. I look forward to bringing this before the full committee next week.”

For more information on the Readiness mark, please click here.

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Rep. Wilson Statement President’s Cuba Policy Changes


Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) made the following statement after the President announced a policy change of the United States towards Cuba:  

“When the previous Administration restored diplomatic relations with Cuba in 2015, they did nothing but enable the Cuban dictatorship—providing them access to funds to continue their totalitarian regime that jails pro-democracy protestors.

“By repairing the policies of the prior Administration, President Trump is clear—the United States will not promote doing business with a tyrannical regime that props up the dictatorship at the expense of its people. Hard currency does not reach citizens, but is held by the military, intelligence services, and Communist Party hacks.

“The president’s new policy is clear—the United States stands with freedom-loving people around the world and those who support our shared values of free enterprise and democracy.” 

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Rep. Wilson Statement on Shooting this Morning


Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) made the following statement on the shooting this morning at the Republican practice for the Congressional Baseball Game:  

“My thoughts and prayers today are with House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, staffer Zach Barth, and Capitol Police Officers Crystal Griner and David Bailey. I am hopeful that each will make a speedy recovery.

“The shooting this morning was reprehensible, and I am grateful for the bravery of Officer Griner and Officer Bailey. They embodied the courage and selflessness that Capitol Police officers display each and every day. I am also thankful for the Members of Congress and local first responders who treated those wounded after the attack.

“I look forward to attending tomorrow’s Congressional Baseball Game, a remarkable annual event that supports local charities, and is a hallmark of bipartisanism and friendship between all Members of Congress and the Senate. Hatred will not prevail as our democracy overcomes adversity.” 


An earlier version of this release incorrectly spelled Officer Griner's name as Krystal. 

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Rep. Wilson Praises Passage of Financial CHOICE Act


Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement following the House passage of the Financial CHOICE Act:

“The House of Representatives took a huge step forward today in undoing the regulatory burdens of Dodd-Frank, a reckless overreach into America’s financial laws, which has destroyed jobs. Dodd-Frank has been harmful for American families—driving up the costs of banking and mortgages, while doing nothing to address taxpayer funded bailouts, unaccountable agencies, or “too big to fail,” as jobs are destroyed. 

The Financial CHOICE Act presents a clear path forward for American families by holding Wall Street accountable, increasing transparency in regulatory agencies, and supporting small businesses, which creates jobs. I am especially grateful that the CHOICE Act repeals the Fiduciary Rule, a burdensome 1,000 page regulation that increases costs and limits choices for families saving for retirement.”   

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Rep. Wilson Applauds Steering Committee Selection of Gowdy


Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) made the following statement praising the Steering Committee’s selection of Congressman Trey Gowdy to serve as Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform:  

“Since arriving on Capitol Hill in 2010, Congressman Trey Gowdy has been a dedicated defender of transparency and strong advocate for oversight and reform. With his background as a proven prosecutor, he will make an excellent chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and I commend the Steering Committee on their selection.”  

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Rep. Wilson Stands Up for Worker Freedom


Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) introduced the Employee Privacy Protection Act (H.R. 2775) to roll back NLRB policies that jeopardize the privacy of workers and their families.

“For too long, the deck has been stacked in favor of union bosses at the expense of workers,” Congressman Wilson said. “One such imbalance, found in the ambush election rule, permits unions to access excessive amounts of personal data about employees and their families before a union election — leaving employees vulnerable to intimidation, threats, and harassment from union organizers. The Employee Privacy Protection Act is an important first step in rolling back the expansive labor regulations of the Obama administration.”

The legislation was referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, where Congressman Wilson serves as Vice Chairman.

Yesterday, Rep. Tim Walberg (MI), chairman of the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions, also introduced the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act (H.R. 2776) to protect worker freedom by addressing the NLRB’s ambush election rule and micro-union scheme.

House Education and the Workforce Chairwoman Virginia Foxx praised the introduction of both pieces of legislation: “Together, these commonsense proposals will protect worker freedom and ensure fair union elections. The decision to join or not join a union is a personal one, and workers deserve time and privacy as they decide what’s best for them. I want to thank Representatives Walberg and Wilson for championing these proposals, which are the latest step in our efforts to restore fairness and balance to federal labor policies.”

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Reps Moulton, Wilson, Hartzler, and Meeks Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Condemning Human Rights Violations in Hungary


Washington, D.C.— Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA) has been joined by Rep. Gregory W. Meeks (D-NY), Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC), and Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) to introduce a bill to support a democratic Hungary and reaffirm the long-standing and mutually-beneficial relationship between the United States and Hungary. This resolution condemns Prime Minister Orban’s attempts to stifle any opposition to his rule and consolidate his power in Hungary – an important ally and NATO member.

Prime Minister Orban’s attempts to stifle opposition have included suppressing free speech and assembly, as well as independent thought from universities, civil society groups, and independent think tanks. Law changes and Prime Minister Orban’s remarks have been condemned by the European Union and a number of international organizations including the International Federation for Human Rights, the European Association for the Defense of Human Rights, Amnesty International, Reporters without Borders, and Human Rights Watch. 

“Hungary has had a strong history of living their democratic values. Recognition of America’s affection for Hungary is the bust of Hungarian patriot Lajos Kossuth, erected in the U.S. Capitol Building, along with Americans always remembering the bravery of Hungarians in the 1956 Revolution beginning the ultimate collapse of the Soviet Empire,” said Congressman Wilson. “It is increasingly disheartening and concerning that Hungary is progressing to a rigid, authoritarian society—one that restricts individual rights and freedoms cherished by all democratic nations. I am grateful to join my colleagues Congressman Seth Moulton, Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, and Congressman Gregory Meeks in condemning the government of Hungary’s progression to a less free society and standing up for democracy in Eastern Europe and around the world.”

“I am proud to have bipartisan support for this resolution,” said Congressman Moulton. “As a member of NATO and important ally, I am concerned about the continued trend towards undemocratic practices in Hungary. I am proud to count 1,500,000 Hungarian-Americans as strong contributors to the economic vibrancy of the US, as well as the social, cultural, and political fabric of our country. This resolution condemns Hungary’s current movement to a less free and democratic society, and urges Hungary’s leadership to reverse laws and policies that curtail individual rights and basic freedoms.”

“As Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats and Co-Chair of the EU Caucus, I am dedicated to the U.S.-Hungary relationship and working to address mutual challenges faced by our democracies,” said Congressman Meeks. “This resolution reflects our commitment to encouraging Hungary to remain committed to the democratic standards of the transatlantic project. I look forward to further engagement on these issues.”

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Schiff, Wilson Introduce Bipartisan North Korea Travel Control Act


WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Congressmen Adam Schiff (CA-28) and Joe Wilson (SC-02) introduced the bipartisan North Korea Travel Control Act, which would require the Treasury Department to issue regulations requiring a license for transactions related to travel to, from, and within North Korea by American citizens. It also provides that no licenses may be issued for tourist travel.

"Tourist travel to North Korea does nothing but provide funds to a tyrannical regime—that will in turn be used to develop weapons to threaten the United States and our allies, as I saw firsthand on a rare visit to Pyongyang,” Rep. Wilson said. “Worse, the regime has routinely imprisoned innocent foreign civilians and used them as bargaining chips to gain credibility with the West. We should not enable them any longer—which is why it is critical to carefully regulate travel to North Korea.”  

“In recent years, there has been an increase in tourist travel to the DPRK by citizens of Western countries, including the United States,” Rep. Schiff said. “With increased tensions in North Korea, the danger that Americans will be detained for political reasons is greater than ever. Given North Korea’s continuing destabilizing behavior and their demonstrated willingness to use American visitors as bargaining chips to extract high level meetings or concessions, it is appropriate for the United States to take steps to control travel to a nation that poses a real and present danger to American interests.”

Read bill text here. 

In the past, North Korea has shown a willingness to use American prisoners to seek diplomatic concessions, including securing visits from former U.S. Presidents and cabinet officials. At least seventeen Americans have been detained in the past ten years, despite the State Department strongly warning U.S. citizens against traveling to the DPRK. Currently, at least four Americans remain imprisoned. In addition to security concerns, Western visitors bring with them much needed foreign currency, especially valued in a country facing extensive international sanctions for its illegal nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs. 

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Congressmen Clyburn and Wilson introduce Congressman Ralph Norman

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

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

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6.14.17 - Rep. Wilson Questions Secretary Tillerson on North Korea

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6.12.17 HASC Hearing with Secretary of Defense Mattis and General Dunford

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6.12.17 - Career and Technical Education

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5.22.17 - Rep. Joe Wilson One Minute: President Trump's First Overseas Visit

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5.23.17 - Rep. Joe Wilson One Minute: Freedom is not Free

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5.19.17 - This Week With Wilson

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5.17.17 Ed and Workforce Committee - Career and Technical Education

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5.2.17 - Rep. Wilson Speaks on Korean Interdiction and Modernization of Sanctions Act

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5.2.17 - Rep. Joe Wilson One Minute: Small Business Week

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4.28.17 - This Week with Wilson

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4.26.17 - Rep. Joe Wilson One Minute: An Administration Marked by Peace Through Strength

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Rep. Joe Wilson Joins President Trump for Executive Order Signing

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4.26.17 - Rep. Wilson Testifies Before Energy and Commerce Committee

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4.25.17 - Rep. Joe Wilson One Minute: The Success of Rotary International

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2017 Congressional Art Competition

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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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