Joe Wilson has dedicated his life to public service—serving his family, his community and his country.
Born in Charleston, South Carolina, Joe attended the High School of Charleston before receiving his undergraduate degree from Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. After graduation, Joe earned a law degree from the University of South Carolina. He joined a small law firm and worked as a real estate attorney in West Columbia.
Joe learned the value of public service early, serving in the offices of Senator Strom Thurmond and Congressman Floyd Spence. In Washington, he also served in Ronald Reagan’s administration as a Deputy General Counsel in the Department of Energy under Secretary (and former South Carolina Governor) Jim Edwards. He also served for 17 years as a member of the South Carolina State Senate and was the first modern Republican to be elected Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee.
Passionate about serving his country, Joe retired from the Army Reserves and South Carolina Army National Guard after 31 years of service as a Colonel in 2003. His love of our military can be seen in his sons—all four of whom have served in our military, his steadfast support for our military personnel and their families, and in his leadership on the House Armed Services Committee.
Today, Joe is a leader in Congress, advancing the fight for limited government and expanded freedom. He serves as Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee for Emerging Threats and Capabilities, and is a senior member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. Joe also serves on the Republican Policy Committee and as an Assistant Republican Whip.
Joe is committed to the fight for conservative values in Congress. He works closely with fellow members of Congress to promote a strong national defense promoting peace through strength, creating jobs, and limiting the size and scope of the federal government.
With his wife Roxanne, Joe is the proud parent of four Eagle Scout sons and grandparent to eight grandchildren.