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Roger Wicker
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U.S. Senate, Mississippi
Incumbent
In office
December 31, 2007-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2019
Years in position 7
PartyRepublican
PredecessorTrent Lott (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next generalNovember 2018
Campaign $$18,871,246
AppointedDecember 31, 2007
Appointed byGovernor Haley Barbour
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House of Representatives
1995-2007
Mississippi State Senate
1988-1994
Education
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
Personal
BirthdayJuly 5, 1951
Place of birthPonotoc, MS
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$299,508
ReligionSouthern Baptist
Websites
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.

Wicker won re-election in 2012. He defeated E. Allen Hathcock and Robert Maloney in the March 13 Republican primary.[1]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Wicker is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

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.[2]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Wicker's professional and political career:[2]

  • 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

2013-2014

Wicker serves on the following Senate committees[3]:

  • 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

2011-2012

Wicker served on the following Senate committees[4]:

Issues

Earmarks

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.[5] 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.[6]

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.[7]

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.[8][9][10]

According to the website Breitbart, Wicker was one of 30 Republican senators who did not support the filibuster.[11][12]

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."[13]

Elections

2012

See also: United States Senate elections in Mississippi, 2012

Wicker won the election.[14] 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.[15][16]

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

Full history


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.[25]

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

2012

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 .[26]

2008

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.[27]


Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Wicker is a "far-right Republican leader," as of June 28, 2013.[28]

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. [29]

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 ranked 6th on the list of the lowest paid Republican Senatorial Staff Salaries and he ranked 27th overall of the lowest paid Senatorial Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Mississippi ranked 19th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[30]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

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 2011 was estimated between -$421,981 and $1,020,998. That averages to $299,508, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Senators in 2011 of $6,358,668. His average net worth increased by 125% from 2010.[31]

2010

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.[32]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: 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.

2012

According to the data released in 2013, Wicker was ranked the 34th most conservative senator during 2012.[33]

2011

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

Percentage voting with party

2013

Roger Wicker voted with the Republican Party 83.8% of the time, which ranked 34th among the 46 Senate Republican members as of June 2013.[35]

Recent news

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Personal

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.[36]

External links


References

  1. Sun Herald "Fields fill up for Mississippi congressional races" Accessed February 18, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 Biographical Guide to Members of Congress "Roger F. Wicker," Accessed November 5, 2011
  3. Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013
  4. U.S. Senate Official Website "Committee Assignments," Accessed November 5, 2011
  5. Washington Post "Congressional earmarks sometimes used to fund projects near lawmakers' properties," February 6, 2012
  6. Washington Post "Mapping the earmarks," February 6, 2012
  7. U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  8. CNN, "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013
  9. USA Today, "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
  10. ABC News, "Rand Paul wins applause from GOP and liberals," March 7, 2013
  11. Breitbart, "AWOL: Meet the GOP senators who refused to stand with Rand," March 7, 2013
  12. Politico, "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
  13. Washington Post, "Eric Holder responds to Rand Paul with ‘no’," March 7, 2013
  14. Politico "2012 Election Map, Mississippi"
  15. Daily Journal "Wicker, Nunnelee sign up for re-election campaigns" Accessed January 13, 2012
  16. Mississippi Secretary of State "2012 Primary Results"
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  25. Open Secrets "Donor history for Roger Wicker" April 2013
  26. Open Secrets " 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 2013
  27. Open Secrets "Roger Wicker 2008 Election Cycle," Accessed November 5, 2011
  28. Gov Track "Roger Wicker," Accessed June 28, 2013
  29. GovTrack, "Roger Wicker" Accessed April 2013
  30. LegiStorm "Roger Wicker"
  31. OpenSecrets.org, "Roger Wicker (R-Miss), 2011"
  32. OpenSecrets.org, "Wicker, (R-Mississippi), 2010"
  33. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  34. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  35. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  36. Official Site "About Roger," Accessed November 5, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Trent Lott
U.S. Senate - Mississippi
2007-Present
Succeeded by
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