|U.S. Senate, Mississippi|
|December 31, 2007-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||7|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 4, 2008|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Appointed||December 31, 2007|
|Appointed by||Governor Haley Barbour|
|U.S. House of Representatives|
|Mississippi State Senate|
|High school||Ponotoc High School, Ponotoc, MS|
|Bachelor's||University of Mississippi|
|J.D.||University of Mississippi Law School|
|Service/branch||United States Air Force Reserve|
|Years of service||1976-2003|
|Birthday||July 5, 1951|
|Place of birth||Ponotoc, MS|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Recent news
- 9 Personal
- 10 External links
- 11 References
Wicker was born in 1951 in Ponotoc, MS, where he also attended high school. He earned his B.A. from the University of Mississippi in 1973 and his J.D. from the same institution in 1975. Prior to his political career, Wicker worked as an attorney.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Wicker's professional and political career:
- Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps, 1976-1980
- United States Air Force Reserve, 1980-2003
- Staff for United States Representative Trent Lott of Mississippi, House Committee on Rules, 1980-1982
- Public Defender, Lee County, MS, 1984-1987
- Mississippi State Senate, 1988-1994
- U.S. House of Representatives, 1995-2007
- U.S. Senate, 2007-Present Appointed by Governor Haley Barbour to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Sen. Trent Lott
Wicker serves on the following Senate committees:
- Armed Services Committee
- Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee
- Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee
- Veterans' Affairs Committee
A Washington Post investigation in February 2012 revealed that 33 members of Congress helped direct more than $300 million in earmarks to public projects in close proximity to commercial and residential real estate owned by the lawmakers or their family members. According to the report, Wicker helped secure $1.5 million to study the relocation of railroad tracks at an intersection in downtown Tupelo, Miss. Wicker's home is less than a half-mile northwest of the intersection.
Wicker is seeking re-election in 2012. He defeated E. Allen Hathcock and Robert Maloney in the March 13, 2012 primary. He faces Albert N. Gore, Thomas Cramer, and Shawn O'Hara in the November 6 general election.
|U.S. Senate-Mississippi Republican Primary, 2012|
|Roger Wicker Incumbent||89.2%||254,669|
|E. Allen Hathcock||4.2%||12,094|
|U.S. Senate General Election, Mississippi, 2008|
|Republican||Roger Wicker Incumbent||55%||683,409|
|Roger Wicker (2012) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||March 31, 2012||$2,105,711.37||$173,841.00||$(240,355.07)||$2,039,197.30|
Wicker won election to the U.S. Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Wicker's campaign committee raised a total of $5,969,342 and spent $6,443,122.
|U.S. Senate, Mississippi, 2008 - Roger Wicker Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$2,686,206|
|Total Spent by General Election Opponent||$2,684,215|
|Top contributors to Roger Wicker's campaign committee|
|State of Mississippi||$20,617|
|European Aeronautic Defence & Space||$16,300|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Oil & Gas||$183,400|
Congressional Staff Salaries
The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Wicker paid his congressional staff a total of $2,745,264 in 2011. He ranks 6th on the list of the lowest paid Republican Senatorial Staff Salaries and he ranks 27th overall of the lowest paid Senatorial Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Mississippi ranks 19th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Wicker's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $-670,980 and $936,997. That averages to $133,008.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Senators in 2010 of $7,054,258.
Percentage voting with party
Roger Wicker voted with the Republican Party 90.5% of the time, which ranked 23 among the 47 Senate Republican members as of November 2011.
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Wicker is married to the former Gayle Long of Tupelo. They have three children: Margaret and son-in-law Manning McPhillips; Caroline and son-in-law Kirk Sims; and McDaniel Wicker; and two grandchildren: Caroline and Henry McPhillips.
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- Gov Track "Roger Wicker," Accessed March 3, 2012
- Sun Herald "Fields fill up for Mississippi congressional races" Accessed February 18, 2012
- Biographical Guide to Members of Congress "Roger F. Wicker," Accessed November 5, 2011
- U.S. Senate Official Website "Committee Assignments," Accessed November 5, 2011
- Washington Post "Congressional earmarks sometimes used to fund projects near lawmakers' properties," February 6, 2012
- Washington Post "Mapping the earmarks," February 6, 2012
- Daily Journal "Wicker, Nunnelee sign up for re-election campaigns" Accessed January 13, 2012
- Mississippi Secretary of State "2012 Primary Results"
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008"
- Federal Election Commission "Roger Wicker Summary Report," Accessed July 2, 2012
- Federal Election Commission "Roger Wicker April Quarterly," Accessed July 2, 2012
- Open Secrets "Roger Wicker 2008 Election Cycle," Accessed November 5, 2011
- LegiStorm "Roger Wicker"
- OpenSecrets.org, "Wicker, (R-Mississippi), 2010"
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
- Official Site "About Roger," Accessed November 5, 2011
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