5 Questions with Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC)
We continue our Member of the Week segment with a questionnaire with the Congressman. We want you to know the most conservative members of Congress on both a professional and personal level because it’s important to see them as real people, not just politicians. Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) answers 5 questions, some policy oriented and some personal:
Heritage Action: What aspect of government (i.e., program, department, agency) do you want to reform the most? What legislation are you currently pushing or working on to achieve that reform?
Rep. Wilson: The nonfunctioning budget process needs reform and I support the Cut, Cap, and Balance approach which was significantly impacted by freshman Congressman Mick Mulvaney (R-SC).
HA: What’s a piece of smaller legislation, or nominee, that is currently on the agenda but flying under the radar that you feel conservatives should be concerned about?
Rep. Wilson: With national defense being the primary function of the national government as identified by the Constitution, the threat of sequestration must be stopped and a solution has been proposed by Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-CA) which must be adopted soon.
HA: What do you enjoy the most and the least about being a Member of Congress?
Rep. Wilson: I enjoy most promoting a philosophy of limited government, expanded freedom which is largely the ideology of constituents. I least enjoy the perpetual fundraising, but I am grateful for the support I receive and I actually see it as fulfilling my pledge to be accessible and accountable. Being aloof or unavailable is revealed with an inability to fund the campaign.
HA: What is your favorite thing to do when you are not in Washington?
Rep. Wilson: My favorite activity not in Washington is yard work at my home in Springdale (home place to six generations of our family) and at our mountain cabin in Western North Carolina (an inspiring panoramic view at 4,410 feet looking into South Carolina).
HA: What do you miss most about being a kid?
Rep. Wilson: I miss most as a kid not being with my grandparents who spoiled me profusely with love and encouragement. But they left me with many fond memories to cherish and now I try to replicate with my current six grandchildren (with a seventh due July 1st).
Congressional Profile: Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC)