Congressman Joe Wilson has spent a lifetime dedicated to public service and to the principles of limited government and individual freedom.
Joe Wilson was born in Charleston, South Carolina on July 31, 1947 and attended the High School of Charleston. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, Joe went on to earn a law degree from the University of South Carolina and chose to practice as a real estate attorney in West Columbia.
Joe learned the value of public service when he served in the offices of Senator Strom Thurmond and Congressman Floyd Spence. As Deputy General Counsel to the Secretary of Energy, former South Carolina Governor Jim Edwards during the Reagan administration, Joe took part in early efforts to create new and important innovations in battery technology.
From his early service as a member of the United States Army Reserves to his years as a staff judge advocate in the South Carolina Army National Guard until his retirement as a Colonel in 2003, Joe has always been dedicated and passionate about military service. His love of military service is found in his sons – all of whom currently serve in the military – and through his steadfast support for our military personnel and their families.
Prior to his election to Congress in 2001, Joe served seventeen years as a member of the South Carolina State Senate. During this time, he was the first Republican since Reconstruction to be appointed Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee.
In Congress, Joe serves as Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel. Additionally, he is a member of the Committee on Education and Labor and the Committee on Foreign Affairs. As a leader in Congress, Joe serves on the Republican Policy Committee and as an Assistant Republican Whip.
Joe remains committed to the principles of limited government and expanded freedoms. He has worked closely with fellow members of Congress in a bipartisan manner to promote energy independence, a strong national defense, and to rein in the size and power of the federal government.
With his wife Roxanne, Joe is the proud parent of four sons and grandparent to seven grandchildren.