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

Jan 26, 2015 Press Release

(Columbia, SC) – Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) and South Carolina Superintendent of Education, Molly Spearman, today held a joint press conference at the State House to discuss efforts to restore local control over education. Wilson issued the following statement regarding his bill, the Local Control of Education Act, which he will introduce today in the House of Representatives. This bill prohibits the federal government from mandating that states adopt a specific curriculum or set of academic standards, such as the Common Core State Standards:

Jan 2, 2015 Press Release

(West Columbia, SC) – Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) released the following statement after unveiling his 2015 Legislative Agenda at several press conferences across South Carolina’s Second Congressional District in West Columbia, Aiken, and Barnwell.

May 29, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) announced plans to recognize Zachary Valsecchi, a third grader at Round Top Elementary School in Blythewood, South Carolina, as the winner of the First Annual Second Congressional District Elementary School Challenge.  Earlier this year, Congressman Wilson sent a letter to all elementary schools in the district encouraging third grade classrooms to submit an entry detailing a student’s favorite part of South Carolina history. The office received over 100 entries.

Jan 28, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after President Obama concluded his State of the Union address.

“As Americans tuned into the State of the Union address this evening, they were hopeful the President would provide reassurance that our economy is on its way to recovery. Tonight’s speech was anything but optimistic.

Jan 3, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) released the following statement after unveiling his 2014 Legislative Agenda at five press conferences across South Carolina’s Second Congressional District.

“In 2013, we witnessed the disastrous impacts of big government,” Congressman Joe Wilson said. “From the Administration’s failed rollout of Obamacare to the undermining of our national security by sequestration, we know that this type of governance does not bode well for our families, our economy, or our safety.