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Joe Wilson
Joe Wilson.jpeg
U.S. House, South Carolina, District 2
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 14
PredecessorFloyd Spence (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$5.25 in 2012
First electedDecember 18, 2001
Next primaryJune 10, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$10,149,806
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
South Carolina State Senate
Bachelor'sWashington and Lee University
J.D.University of South Carolina
Military service
Service/branchSouth Carolina Army National Guard
Service branchUnited States Army Reserves
Years of service1972-1975
Date of birthJuly 31, 1947
Place of birthCharleston, South Carolina
Net worth$428,000
Office website
Campaign website
Addison Graves "Joe" Wilson, Sr. (b. July 31, 1947, in Charleston, South Carolina) is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of South Carolina. Wilson was first elected by voters from South Carolina's 2nd Congressional District in 2001. He won re-election in 2012.

Prior to his election to the U.S. House, Wilson served in the South Carolina State Senate.[1]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Wilson is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.


Wilson was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He earned his B.A. from Washington and Lee University in 1969, and his J.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1972.[2]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Wilson's academic, professional and political career:[1]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Wilson serves on the following committees:[3]


Wilson served on the following committees:[4]


Legislative actions

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[5] For more information pertaining to Wilson's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security


Voted "Yes" Wilson voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[7]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Wilson voted in support of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[7]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Wilson voted in opposition of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[7]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Wilson voted in support of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[8] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[7]


2014 Farm bill

Yea3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[9] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[10][11] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[11] Wilson voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[12][13] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[13] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[14] It included a 1 percent increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Wilson voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[12]

2013 Farm bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "Yes" Wilson voted for the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[15] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[16]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[17] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[18] Wilson voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[19]

Voted "No" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[20] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Wilson voted against HR 2775.[21]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Wilson supported House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[22] The vote largely followed party lines.[23]


Repealing Obamacare

Voted "Yes" Wilson has supported all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[24]

Social issues


Voted "Yes" Wilson supported HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[25]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Wilson voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[26]



See also: United States Senate special election in South Carolina, 2014

Wilson was rumored as a possible appointee to Jim DeMint's U.S. Senate seat. On December 17, 2012, Gov. Nikki Haley announced she had chosen to appoint Representative Tim Scott to fill DeMint's seat beginning in January 2013. Although Wilson was not appointed, he could still run for election to the remainder of the term in 2014.[27][28][29]


See also: South Carolina's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012

Wilson won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, to represent South Carolina's 2nd District. He defeated Phil Black (South Carolina) in the June 12 Republican primary. He ran unopposed in the general election on November 6, 2012.[30][31]

U.S. House, South Carolina District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Wilson Incumbent 96.3% 196,116
     N/A Write-In 3.7% 7,602
Total Votes 203,718
Source: South Carolina State Election Commission, "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, South Carolina District 2 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Wilson Incumbent 80.6% 23,062
Phil Black 19.4% 5,557
Total Votes 28,619

Full history

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Wilson is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Wilson raised a total of $10,149,806 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 28, 2013.[37]

Joe Wilson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (South Carolina, District 2) Won $1,030,164
2010 US House (South Carolina, District 2) Won $4,739,095
2008 US House (South Carolina, District 2) Won $1,161,187
2006 US House (South Carolina, District 2) Won $949,461
2004 US House (South Carolina, District 2) Won $891,295
2002 US House (South Carolina, District 2) Won $1,378,604
Grand Total Raised $10,149,806


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Wilson's reports.[38]

Joe Wilson (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[39]April 15, 2013$5,179.37$145,760.94$(46,579.38)$104,360.93
July Quarterly[40]July 15, 2013$104,360.93$168,190.89$(72,901.67)$199,650.15
October Quarterly[41]October 15, 2013$199,650.15$97,750.32$(76,283.74)$221,116.73
Year-End[42]January 31, 2014$221,116$112,173$(72,813)$260,476
April Quarterly[43]April 15, 2014$260,476.90$79,546.14$(71,352.93)$268,670.11
Running totals


As of March 31, 2012, Wilson raised $634,704 during the 2012 election cycle and spent $503,614, leaving him with $136,641 cash on hand. He also has $21,053 in debt. Three of his top contributors were Blue Cross/Blue Shield, which gave $14,500; the National Auto Dealers Association, which donated $10,000; and the United Parcel Service, which gave $8,000.[44]

Throughout his career, Wilson has raised $355,896 from health professionals, $295,455 from the real estate industry, and $273,885 from law firms.[45]

Breakdown of the source of Wilson's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Wilson won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that re-election cycle, Wilson's campaign committee raised a total of $1,030,165 and spent $1,030,536.[46]

Cost per vote

Wilson spent $5.25 per vote received in 2012.


Wilson won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Wilson's campaign committee raised a total of $4,739,095 and spent $4,765,083.[47]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:


Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[48]

Wilson most often votes with:

Wilson least often votes with:

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Wilson is a "far-right Republican leader," as of June 24, 2013.[49]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Wilson missed 151 of 8,157 roll call votes from December 2001 to April 2013. This amounts to 1.9%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[50]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Wilson paid his congressional staff a total of $921,075 in 2011. Overall, South Carolina ranks 31st in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[51]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Wilson's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $-838,989 to $1,694,989. That averages to $428,000, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Wilson ranked as the 288th most wealthy representative in 2012.[52]

Joe Wilson Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net Worth% Difference from previous year

National Journal vote ratings


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Wilson was 1 of 3 members who ranked 26th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[53]


See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Wilson ranked 110th in the conservative rankings.[54]

Voting with party


Wilson voted with the Republican Party 96.8% of the time, which ranked 70th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[55]


Wilson is married to Roxanne. They have four children.[56]

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See also

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Biographical Directory of U.S. Congress "Wilson," Accessed June 24, 2013
  2. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "WILSON, Addison Graves (Joe), (1947 - )"
  3., House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  4. U.S. Congressman Joe Wilson, Serving South Carolina's Second District "Committees"
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Wilson's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 10, 2013
  8. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  9. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  10. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  11. 11.0 11.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled farm bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  14. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  15. Vote Smart, "Wilson on agriculture", accessed October 10, 2013
  16. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps", accessed September 17, 2013
  17. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  18. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  19. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  20. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  21. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  22. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  23. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Wilson's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 10, 2013
  24. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Wilson's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed October 10, 2013
  25. Project Vote Smart, "Wilson on abortion," accessed October 10, 2013
  26. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  27. The Washington Post, "Gov. Nikki Haley to fill DeMint’s seat by appointment," December 6, 2012
  28. Roll Call "Appointment Speculation Centers on Rep. Tim Scott," December 6, 2012
  29. Political, "Haley to announce DeMint's replacement at noon," December 17, 2012
  30. South Carolina State Election Commission Official 2012 Primary Results
  31. Politico "2012 Election Map"
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  33. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  34. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  35. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  36. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  37. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Joe Wilson," Accessed March 28, 2013
  38. Federal Election Commission, "Wilson 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 23, 2013
  39. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  40. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  41. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  42. Federal Election Commission, "Wilson Year-End," accessed February 5, 2014
  43. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  44. "Joe Wilson" Accessed May 19, 2012
  45. Accessed May 19, 2012
  46. Open Secrets "Joe Wilson Campaign Contributions," Accessed February 27, 2013
  47. Open Secrets "Joe Wilson 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 16, 2011
  48. OpenCongress, "Joe Wilson," Accessed August 6, 2013
  49. Gov Track "Joe Wilson," Accessed June 24, 2013
  50. GovTrack, "Wilson," Accessed April 10, 2013
  51. LegiStorm, "Joe Wilson," Accessed September 18, 2012
  52. "Wilson, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
  53. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  54. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  55. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  56. Joe, "Meet Joe", accessed December 10, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Floyd Spence
U.S. House of Representatives - South Carolina, District 2
Succeeded by
Preceded by
South Carolina State Senate
Succeeded by