|U.S. Senate, Mississippi|
|December 31, 2007-Present|
|January 3, 2019|
|Years in position||8|
|Predecessor||Trent Lott (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 4, 2008|
|Next general||November 2018|
|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|
|Date of birth||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
- Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities
- Subcommittee on Airland
- Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee
- Environment and Public Works
- Joint Economic Committee
Wicker served 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 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.
On March 6, 2013, Senator Rand Paul (R) led a 13-hour filibuster of President Obama's CIA Director nominee, John Brennan. Paul started the filibuster in order to highlight his concerns about the administration's drone policies. In particular, Paul said he was concerned about whether a drone could be used to kill an American citizen within the United States border, without any due process involved. Paul and other civil liberties activists criticized President Obama for not offering a clear response to the question. A total of 14 senators joined Paul in the filibuster -- 13 Republicans and one Democrat.
The day after the filibuster, Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to Paul, responding to the filibuster. Holder wrote, "Does the president have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on U.S. soil? The answer to that is no."
Wicker won the election. 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.
|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.
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, Wicker was ranked the 34th most conservative senator during 2012.
According to the data released in 2012, Roger Wicker was ranked the 34th most conservative senator during 2011.
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.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term Roger + Wicker + Mississippi + Senate
- All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.
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
- Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013
- 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
- U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
- CNN, "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013
- USA Today, "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
- ABC News, "Rand Paul wins applause from GOP and liberals," March 7, 2013
- Breitbart, "AWOL: Meet the GOP senators who refused to stand with Rand," March 7, 2013
- Politico, "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
- Washington Post, "Eric Holder responds to Rand Paul with ‘no’," March 7, 2013
- Politico "2012 Election Map, Mississippi"
- 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"
- National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
- National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
- Official Site "About Roger," Accessed November 5, 2011
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