Candidate Profile
Joe Wilson

Republican , South Carolina


Joe Wilson
U.S. Rep., Dist. 2

Panel Rating*

Conservative Information icon *

*Additional information appears below for educational purposes; however, only data received prior to the candidate deadline was considered during Panel Evaluation.


Conservative Organizations

American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), 2017-18:  100%
Campaign for Working Families PAC, 2019-20:  100%
Center for Security Policy, 2015-16:  100%
Faith and Freedom Coalition (FFC), 2017-18:  100%, 100% (cum.)
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), 2017-2018:  100%
National Right to Life, 2019-20:  100%
Susan B. Anthony List (SBA), 2020:  A
FRC Action, 2019:  94%
American Energy Alliance (AEA), 2019-20:  92%
American Conservative Union (ACU), 2019:  76%, 90% (cum.)
Concerned Women for America (CWA), 2020:  90%
Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), 2019:  89%
National Tax-Limitation Committee (NTLC), 2017-18:  88%
NumbersUSA, 2019:  93%, 86% (cum.)
American Family Association (AFA), 2017-18:  78%
Club for Growth, 2019:  66%, 78% (cum.)
FreedomWorks, 2019-20:  93%, 76% (cum.)
Gun Owners of America (GOA), 2018:  B
Heritage Action, 2019-20:  81%, 75% (cum.)
Eagle Forum, 2015-16:  60%
John Birch Society (same as Freedom Index), 2018:  59% (cum.)
Freedom Index, 2019:  58% (cum.)
National Taxpayers Union, 2019:  C+
Conservative Review (CR), 2019:  49% (cum.)



Liberal Organizations

American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), 2018:  36%
Foreign Policy for America, 2019:  31%
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 2019-20:  28%
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), 2017-18:  25%
Outdoor Industry Association PAC, 2018:  D
American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), 2017:  8%, 9% (cum.)
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, 2020:  8%
Alliance for Retired Americans, 2019:  30%, 6% (cum.)
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), 2017-18:  6%
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), 2017:  0%, 2% (cum.)
League of Conservation Voters (LCV), 2018:  3%, 2% (cum.)
Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), 2017:  0%
Center for Freethought Equality, 2017-18:  0%
Common Cause, 2017-18:  0%
Human Rights Campaign, 2017-18:  0%
International Brotherhood of Teamsters, 2017-18:  0%
NARAL Pro-Choice America (NARAL), 2019:  0%
National Education Association (NEA), 2017-18:  0%
National Iranian American Council (NIAC), 2018:  0%
National Religious Campaign Against Torture Action Fund (NRCAT), 2018:  0%
Planned Parenthood, 2019:  0% (cum.)
Population Connection Action Fund, 2019:  0%
Progressive Punch, 2019:  F
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs (WRMEA), 2017-18:  0%




*These endorsements were received after the deadline and were not considered in the Panel Evaluations and are for additional educational purposes only.


Campaign for Working Families, Donald Trump, *Family Research Council Action PAC, National Rifle Association (NRA) PVF, National Right To Life, South Carolina Citizens for Life LIFEPAC


Pro-Israel America, *SEAL PAC

Selected Contributions


Adrian Smith (2006), Allen West (2013), Ann Wagner (2018), Anthony Gonzalez (2018), Austin Scott (2013), Barbara Comstock (2018) and 153 more
Alan Wilson (2008), American Principles (2018), America's Foundation PAC (2010), Ann PAC (2020), Austin Scott (2020), BrettPac (2020) and 79 more


Vincent Sheheen (2010)
American Association for Justice (2008), American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (2014), American Maritime Officers (2020), International Association of Firefighters (includes national, state & local affiliates) (2008), International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers (2008), International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (2006) and 2 more







Other Information

Signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayer's Pledge


Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Right to Life

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Strongly Agree   

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.

Strongly Agree   

I support the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which requires health care providers to provide life-saving treatment for infants who survive an attempted abortion.

Strongly Agree   

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Rape, incest, life of the mother.


It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has a livable income.

Strongly Disagree   

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

Strongly Agree   

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

Provide alternative to remaining in Social Security for persons under 50 years of age, with option for private investments and reduced benefits.

What government spending would you reduce in order to balance the budget?

Freeze everything but defense and require prioritization of expenditures.

Under what circumstances should taxpayers help pay off existing student loans?


Religious Liberty

Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

Strongly Agree   

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

Strongly Agree   

I promise to protect the freedom of Christians to share the Gospel and to practice Biblical principles.


What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

Restrain government from intruding individual religious promotion and freedom.


It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has health insurance.

Strongly Disagree   

I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance.

Strongly Disagree   

How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

Protect pre-existing conditions, encourage free market competition across state lines to drive down cost and invest in research.

National Security

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.

Strongly Agree   

What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?

Peace through strength and support tolerant Islamic governements.


I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

Strongly Agree   

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) should be abolished.

Strongly Disagree   

State and federal funds should be denied to any public or private entity, including but not limited to sanctuary cities, that are not in compliance with immigration laws.

Strongly Agree   

Employers should be required to use E-verify to confirm the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States.


Who should be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. and under what circumstances?

We have good laws that should be enforced promoting legal immigration which has been so positive for new, valued citizens.


Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Disagree   


Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which is necessary for our system of limited government.

Strongly Agree   

I support adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes in non-discrimination laws.

Strongly Disagree   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

Grateful member of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.


When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?

Very Conservative   

Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

I believe my voting record in the United State House of Representatives and South Carolina Senate show my unwavering conservative credentials. I have been a lifelong proponent of limited government and expanded freedom.

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.


Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

Thank you. Grateful to be able to share.

Criminal Justice

Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.

Strongly Agree   

2nd Amendment

What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?

The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution provides very clear guidance on gun ownership. Background checks should be expedited and thorough.

Other Important Issues

I support BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanction) against Israel if they refuse to allow the creation of a Palestinian state.

Strongly Disagree   

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Strongly Disagree   

Reparations should be given to people on the basis of race.

Strongly Disagree   

The Electoral College should be abolished.

Strongly Disagree   

In priority order, what three areas of legislation do you propose to author or sponsor if elected?

1 - Strong National Defense 2 - Balanced Budget Amendment 3 - National Right to Work Law

Is racism a threat to domestic security in the United States? Why or why not?

Racism and discrimination should be exposed to promote full equality for all.


  • Washington & Lee University, Lexington, VA, BA, 1969
  • University of South Carolina Law, Columbia, SC, JD, 1972
Work & Military
  • US Army Reserve, 1972-1975
  • SC Army National Guard, Colonel, 1975-2003
  • Cayce West Columbia Rotaty, Former Chair
  • Sheriff's Department Law Enforcement Advisory Coun, Member
  • First Presbyterian Church, Member
  • County Community and Resource Development Committe, Member
  • Mid-Carolina Mental Health Association, Member
  • US House of Representatives, Held 2001-present
  • SC Senate, Held 1985-2001

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