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Roger Wicker
Roger Wicker.jpg
U.S. Senate, Mississippi
In office
December 31, 2007-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2019
Years in position 8
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next generalNovember 2018
AppointedDecember 31, 2007
Appointed byGovernor Haley Barbour
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House of Representatives
Mississippi State Senate
High schoolPonotoc High School, Ponotoc, MS
Bachelor'sUniversity of Mississippi
J.D.University of Mississippi Law School
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Force Reserve
Years of service1976-2003
Date of birthJuly 5, 1951
Place of birthPonotoc, MS
ReligionSouthern Baptist
Office website
Campaign website
Roger Frederick Wicker (b. July 5, 1951) is a Republican member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Mississippi. Wicker was first appointed to the Senate in 2007.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Wicker is a "far-right Republican".[1]

Wicker is seeking re-election in 2012. He defeated E. Allen Hathcock and Robert Maloney in the March 13 Republican primary.[2]


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.[3]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Wicker's professional and political career[3]:

  • 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

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate


Wicker serves on the following Senate committees[4]:


Wicker served on the following Senate committees[5]:



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.[6] 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.[7]

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Wicker voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by a 89/8 vote on January 1, 2013.[8]



See also: United States Senate elections in Mississippi, 2012

Wicker won the election.[9] Wicker was 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.[10][11]

U.S. Senate-Mississippi Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRoger Wicker Incumbent 89.2% 254,669
E. Allen Hathcock 4.2% 12,094
Robert Maloney 6.6% 18,822
Total Votes 285,585


On November 4, 2008, Wicker won election to the United States Senate. He defeated Ronnie Musgrove (I) in the general election.[12]

U.S. Senate General Election, Mississippi, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRoger Wicker Incumbent 55% 683,409
     Independent Ronnie Musgrove 45% 560,064
Total Votes 1,243,473

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Wicker's reports.[13]

Roger Wicker (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]March 31, 2012$2,105,711.37$173,841.00$(240,355.07)$2,039,197.30
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Wicker's campaign funds before the 2008 election.

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.[15]


Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

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.[16]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - 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.[17]

Political positions

National Journal vote ratings

Each year, National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted, as compared to other members, in the previous year. More information about the analysis process can be found on the vote ratings page.


According to the data released in 2013, Cedric Richmond was ranked the 34th most conservative senator during 2012.[18]


According to the data released in 2012, Roger Wicker was ranked the 34th most conservative senator during 2011.[19]

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

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.[20]

Recent news

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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.[21]

External links


  1. Gov Track "Roger Wicker," Accessed March 3, 2012
  2. Sun Herald "Fields fill up for Mississippi congressional races" Accessed February 18, 2012
  3. 3.0 3.1 Biographical Guide to Members of Congress "Roger F. Wicker," Accessed November 5, 2011
  4. Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013
  5. U.S. Senate Official Website "Committee Assignments," Accessed November 5, 2011
  6. Washington Post "Congressional earmarks sometimes used to fund projects near lawmakers' properties," February 6, 2012
  7. Washington Post "Mapping the earmarks," February 6, 2012
  8. U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  9. Politico "2012 Election Map, Mississippi"
  10. Daily Journal "Wicker, Nunnelee sign up for re-election campaigns" Accessed January 13, 2012
  11. Mississippi Secretary of State "2012 Primary Results"
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008"
  13. Federal Election Commission "Roger Wicker Summary Report," Accessed July 2, 2012
  14. Federal Election Commission "Roger Wicker April Quarterly," Accessed July 2, 2012
  15. Open Secrets "Roger Wicker 2008 Election Cycle," Accessed November 5, 2011
  16. LegiStorm "Roger Wicker"
  17., "Wicker, (R-Mississippi), 2010"
  18. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  19. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  20. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  21. Official Site "About Roger," Accessed November 5, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Trent Lott
U.S. Senate - Mississippi
Succeeded by