Roger Wicker

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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
PredecessorTrent Lott (R)
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 won 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]:

  • Armed Services Committee
    • Subcommittee on SeaPower
    • Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities
    • Subcommittee on Airland
  • Budget
  • Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee
    • Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security
    • Subcommittee on Science and Space
    • Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard
    • Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet
    • Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security
  • Environment and Public Works
    • Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure
    • Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics and Environmental Health
    • Subcommittee on Green Jobs and the New Economy
    • Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety
  • Joint Economic Committee


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]

Drones filibuster

See also: Rand Paul filibuster of John Brennan's CIA Nomination in March 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.[9][10][11]

According to the website Breitbart, Wicker was one of 30 Republican senators who did not support the filibuster.[12][13]

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."[14]



See also: United States Senate elections in Mississippi, 2012

Wicker won the election.[15] 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.[16][17]

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.[18]

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

Comprehensive donor information for Wicker is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Wicker raised a total of $18,871,246 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 24, 2013.[19]

Roger Wicker's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. Senate (Mississippi) Won $10,415,146
2008 U.S. Senate (Mississippi) Won $5,969,342
2006 U.S. House of Representatives (Mississippi District 1) Won $845,748
2004 U.S. House of Representatives (Mississippi District 1) Won $547,547
2002 U.S. House of Representatives (Mississippi District 1) Won $434,991
2000 U.S. House of Representatives (Mississippi District 1) Won $658,472
Grand Total Raised $18,871,246


Above is a breakdown of funds for the 2012 election, according to source.

Wicker won election to the U.S. Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Wicker's campaign committee raised a total of $10,415,146 and spent $8,646,288 .[20]


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.[21]


Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Wicker missed 35 of 1,493 roll call votes from Jan 2008 to Apr 2013, which is 2.3% of votes during that period. This is worse than the median of 1.7% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. [22]

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.[23]

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.[24]

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, Wicker was ranked the 34th most conservative senator during 2012.[25]


According to the data released in 2012, Roger Wicker was ranked the 34th most conservative senator during 2011.[26]

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.[27]

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.[28]

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. CNN, "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013
  10. USA Today, "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
  11. ABC News, "Rand Paul wins applause from GOP and liberals," March 7, 2013
  12. Breitbart, "AWOL: Meet the GOP senators who refused to stand with Rand," March 7, 2013
  13. Politico, "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
  14. Washington Post, "Eric Holder responds to Rand Paul with ‘no’," March 7, 2013
  15. Politico "2012 Election Map, Mississippi"
  16. Daily Journal "Wicker, Nunnelee sign up for re-election campaigns" Accessed January 13, 2012
  17. Mississippi Secretary of State "2012 Primary Results"
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008"
  19. Open Secrets "Donor history for Roger Wicker" April 2013
  20. Open Secrets " 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 2013
  21. Open Secrets "Roger Wicker 2008 Election Cycle," Accessed November 5, 2011
  22. GovTrack, "Roger Wicker" Accessed April 2013
  23. LegiStorm "Roger Wicker"
  24., "Wicker, (R-Mississippi), 2010"
  25. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  26. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  27. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  28. Official Site "About Roger," Accessed November 5, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Trent Lott
U.S. Senate - Mississippi
Succeeded by