Congressman Joe Wilson
continues to lead a life dedicated to public service. Starting in 1962
with his involvement as a Teenage Republican at the High School of
Charleston to his current service in Congress.
Addison (Joe) Graves Wilson
was born July 31, 1947, in Charleston, South Carolina. After graduating
from the High School of Charleston, he began his collegiate career at
Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia before
completing 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.
One of his earliest starts
in public service was on the staff of South Carolina legends Senator
Strom Thurmond and Congressman Floyd Spence. As part of the visionary
Ronald Reagan administration, Joe was Deputy General Counsel for the
United States Department of Energy Secretary, and former South Carolina
Governor, Jim Edwards.
A member of the United
States Army Reserves from 1972-1975, he has since served in the South
Carolina Army National Guard. Joe is currently a Colonel serving as a
Staff Judge Advocate assigned to the 218th Mechanized Infantry Brigade.
He has been the only active Guard member since being elected to
Congress and concludes his service July 31, 2003 with 31 years of
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 as the first Republican Chairman of the Senate Transportation
Committee since Reconstruction.
As a current member of the
United States House of Representatives, Joe serves on the powerful
House Armed Services Committee, the Education & the Workforce
Committee, and the highly influential House Policy Committee. In
addition, he is the Republican Chairman of the India and Bulgaria
Caucuses. Rep. Wilson’s work in Congress allows him to carry on his
goals of promoting peace through a strong national defense, ensuring
that every child in America receives a high-quality education, and
urging personal responsibility through a limited government.
Joe is married to Roxanne
Dusenbury McCrory, who continues to offer him strength and support in
his every endeavor. They are the proud parents of four sons, three of
whom serve in the U.S. military. Alan, his oldest son, is a Captain in
the Army National Guard; Add is a graduate of the United States Naval
Academy and is now an Ensign attending Uniform Services Medical School;
Julian serves as a cadet of the Army ROTC at Clemson University; and
Hunter is currently in school at Airport High School. Their older three
sons are Eagle Scouts, Hunter is a Life Scout, and Joe is Republican
Co-Chair of the House Boy Scout Caucus.
Congressman Joe Wilson
considers it a great honor to serve the Second Congressional District
of South Carolina.