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

Oct 4, 2016 Page

As your Member of Congress, I am grateful to offer several opportunities for young people across the Second Congressional District. Some of the current opportunities include:

  • Congressional Art Competition
  • The Congressional Award
  • Military Academy Nominations
  • Congressional Internships

Congressional Art Competition

Sep 13, 2016 Press Release

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) spoke on the House Floor urging the passage of H.R. 5587, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, legislation that will help equip all Americans with the tools they need to succeed in the 21st century workforce. Wilson is a co-sponsor of the bill.  

May 10, 2016 Press Release

On Friday, May 6, 2016, Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) announced the winners of the 2016 Congressional Art Competition for South Carolina’s Second Congressional District:

  • First Place: Ms. Mary Aufuldish, Cardinal Newman High School

  • Second Place: Mr. Jake Edenfield, Irmo High School

  • Third Place: Ms. Eva Slagle, Chapin High School

Apr 22, 2016 Page

I am grateful to announce that the office is currently accepting submissions for the Second Annual Smiling Faces, Beautiful Places Essay Competition, an elementary-school writing challenge for students in South Carolina’s Second Congressional District. As the husband of a retired school teacher, I know the importance of encouraging writing in young students.

Feb 22, 2016 Press Release

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) announced the 2016 Congressional Art Competition at Irmo High School on Monday, February 22:

“I am honored to announce that the office is now accepting submissions for the 2016 Congressional Art Competition. For the past 34 years, this competition has inspired and encouraged young artists,” Wilson said.

“I know how much talent there is in South Carolina’s Second Congressional District, and I encourage all high school students to participate. I look forward to seeing the entries.”