Representative Joe Wilson

Representing the 2nd District of South Carolina


As Vice-Chair of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, I am committed to strengthening America’s education system.  Since coming to Congress, I have fought to advance fiscally responsible reforms to improve educational opportunities from pre-K early childhood education through higher education and beyond.

Over the past few years, unnecessary federal regulations have made it much harder for teachers to offer their students the most excellent education. I supported H.R. 5, The Student Success Act, which is legislation designed to reduce the federal footprint in education by getting rid of the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), the current accountability system that no longer effectively benefits our students.  The passage of this bill will return responsibility back to the states and locally elected school boards, the entities which best know what it takes to provide quality education to our children. 

I have faith in our school boards, administrators, and professional classroom educators and will continue to work as a partner with them to ensure that students in the Second Congressional District receive the highest quality education.

More on Education

Mar 30, 2017 Press Release

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after introducing a resolution in the House supporting civics education in primary and secondary schools:

Mar 27, 2017 Press Release

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) announced the names of his nominees to the United States Military Academies for the class of 2021. After an extensive application process, the candidates were interviewed by an independent panel, whose members include retired military officers, ROTC leaders, and academy alumni from the Second Congressional District.

“These remarkable students have demonstrated their commitment to their country and their community. Each has excelled in school, service, and has been a positive reflection on their community.

Jan 27, 2017 Blog Post

This week marks National School Choice Week, a time to highlight the importance of students and parents being able to choose the best education for their families.

As the grateful husband of a retired school teacher, the father of four sons, and the grandfather of eight grandchildren, I know firsthand the benefits of school choice.

Jan 24, 2017 Press Release

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement on being named Vice Chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce:

“I am grateful to serve as Vice Chairman to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. I look forward to working with Chairwoman Virginia Foxx and President Donald Trump to create jobs, repeal harmful regulations that target small businesses, and strengthen our nation’s education system,” Wilson said.

Dec 27, 2016 Press Release

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) announced his 2017 Legislative Agenda at media presentations across the Second Congressional District of South Carolina, visiting West Columbia, Aiken, North Augusta, Barnwell, and Orangeburg. “With President-elect Donald Trump and strong majorities in the House and Senate, we have been given a new opportunity to promote positive conservative change,” Wilson said. “I am optimistic for our children and grandchildren—fighting to promote limited government and expanded freedom for American families.”