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Alan Wilson was elected South Carolina’s 51st Attorney General in 2010, becoming the nation’s youngest Attorney General. He was re-elected in 2014 and again in 2018. As Attorney General, Alan has always focused on keeping South Carolina’s families safe, defending their freedoms and protecting their futures. Before serving as Attorney General, Wilson served as an Assistant Solicitor and Assistant Attorney General.
As Attorney General, Alan has advanced legislative priorities to ensure South Carolina is the safest place to live, work, and raise a family. He has successfully passed crucial public safety legislation, such as the mental health bill, the 'Ashley Hall Bill,' Emma's Law, and an overhaul of South Carolina’s domestic violence laws.
As Attorney General, Alan has defended the Constitution and the laws of this state even when it has meant challenging the federal government. Recently, Wilson successfully negotiated a settlement with the Trump Administration, resulting in the largest settlement in South Carolina history.
He has protected South Carolina’s right-to-work, helped lead the 26-state challenge to Obama's federal health care mandate, and successfully safeguarded South Carolina’s voter identification and immigration laws in court. Alan works closely with other Attorneys General across the nation to protect the rule of law and defend the constitution on issues such as Obamacare, Dodd Frank, EPA overreach, Yucca Mountain, the MOX Facility, Religious Freedom and many others. Recently, he has spearheaded efforts to combat opioid abuse in South Carolina.
In 2012, Alan worked tirelessly with local legislators to strengthen South Carolina’s human trafficking laws. During that process, a Human Trafficking Task Force was established, which is chaired by the Attorney General’s office. Recently, he has led an effort to modify federal law to assist in combatting online sex trafficking. Because of these efforts, South Carolina has gone from having one of the worst statutes in the country, to one of the best.
In November 2013, Alan was elected as Chairman of the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA) and was instrumental in helping elect a Republican majority of Attorneys General nationally for the first time ever. He was re-elected to his second term in November of 2014.
Defending Family Values
Alan and his wife, Jennifer, have a son, Michael, and a daughter, Anna Grace. As a father, Alan’s desire to keep South Carolina safe is both personal and part of a values system instilled in him by his parents at a young age. As a member of Columbia’s First Presbyterian Church since his childhood, duty to God and country have been paramount to Alan and the entire Wilson Family. Alan is the grandson of two World War II veterans – his paternal grandfather flew planes over the Pacific as a Flying Tiger, while his maternal grandfather survived a sniper’s bullet in Okinawa.
Alan’s mother Roxanne and his father Joe, who is a retired member of the South Carolina National Guard with 31 years of service, have passed the family tradition of serving a cause greater than one’s self onto Alan and his three brothers. Each brother is an Eagle Scout and currently serves in the military.
Protecting Our Nation
Immediately following his graduation from Francis Marion University in 1996, Alan joined the South Carolina National Guard where his first assignment was as a platoon leader, commanding 36 fellow soldiers and millions of dollars worth of firepower as a field artillery officer. Today, he continues his military service by providing legal support for soldiers and assisting in the prosecution of military crimes as a Colonel in the Judge Advocate General Corps.
Prior to his election, Wilson served as an Assistant Solicitor and as an Assistant Attorney General before entering private practice with the Columbia firm of Willoughby & Hoefer, P.A. He began his legal career working for the late Judge Marc H. Westbrook.