|United States Senator
December 31, 2007
Serving with Thad Cochran
|Preceded by||Trent Lott|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Mississippi's 1st district
January 3, 1995 – December 31, 2007
|Preceded by||Jamie Whitten|
|Succeeded by||Travis Childers|
|Mississippi State Senator|
|Born||Roger Frederick Wicker
July 5, 1951
|Alma mater||University of Mississippi (B.A., J.D.)|
|Service/branch||United States Air Force|
|Years of service||1976-2004|
|Unit||Judge Advocate General's Corps|
Roger Frederick Wicker (born July 5, 1951) is the junior United States Senator from Mississippi and a member of the Republican Party. In December 2007 he was appointed by Governor Haley Barbour to fill the seat vacated by Trent Lott. He subsequently won the 2008 special election for the remainder of the term and won re-election in 2012 to a second term. Wicker served in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Mississippi's 1st congressional district from 1995 to 2007. Before that, Wicker served in the Mississippi State Senate from 1987 to 1994.
Early life 
Wicker was born in Pontotoc, Mississippi, on July 5, 1951, the son of Wordna Glen (née Threadgill) and Frederick T. "Fred" Wicker. He was appointed by Congressman Jamie L. Whitten (D. Miss) and served as a page in the U.S. House of Representatives when he was 16. He earned a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science and a law degree from the University of Mississippi where he was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity.
After graduation, Wicker served as an officer in the United States Air Force from 1976 to 1980. Starting in 1980, he was a member of the Air Force Reserve; he retired from the Reserve in 2003 as a Lieutenant Colonel. Wicker served as a judge advocate.
Early political career 
Wicker began his political career as a member of Trent Lott's political counsel. He then served in the Mississippi State Senate from 1987 to 1994, representing a district that included Tupelo. He was the first Republican elected to the legislature from northern Mississippi since Reconstruction.
U.S. House of Representatives 
In 1994, Democratic Representative Jamie Whitten declined to seek re-election; he had represented the 1st District for 54 years, a historical record at the time. Wicker finished first in a crowded six-way Republican primary; the other big name in the primary, former U.S. Attorney Bob Whitwell, finished 600 votes short of the other runoff spot. In the runoff, Wicker defeated attorney Grant Fox with 53 percent of the vote.
In the general election, Wicker defeated Fulton attorney Bill Wheeler, capturing 63 percent of the vote, making him the first Republican to represent the 1st District in over a century. However, this was not considered an upset, as the 1st has always been a rather conservative district (especially in the Memphis suburbs). The district had only supported the official Democratic candidate for president once since 1956, when Jimmy Carter carried the district in 1976. Although Whitten had a nearly unbreakable hold on the district, it had been considered very likely that he would be succeeded by a Republican once he retired.
Wicker was reelected six times.
In Congress, Wicker worked on issues related to medical research and on economic development for his home state. He advocated private-public partnerships to bring investment to rural areas. Wicker also worked for veterans' issues while serving as a member of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee. In his final year as representative, Wicker topped the list in earmarks.
U.S. Senate 
Committee Assignments, 112th Congress 
- Senate Committee on Armed Services
- United States Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Airland
- United States Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces
- United States Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower (Ranking Member)
- Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
- Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation
- Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security
- Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet
- Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance
- Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard
- Subcommittee on Science and Space
- Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security (Ranking Member)
Caucus memberships 
- Congressional Human Rights Caucus
- Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus
- International Conservation Caucus
- Interstate 69 Caucus (Co-Chair)
- Sportsmen's Caucus
- Tennessee Valley Authority Congressional Caucus
At a press conference on December 31, 2007, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour appointed Wicker to fill the Senate seat vacated by Trent Lott on December 18, 2007. He was sworn in by the clerk of the U.S. Senate just prior to that news conference.
Wicker ran for the remainder of Lott's term in the November 2008 special election against Ronnie Musgrove, Barbour's predecessor as governor. He won the seat with 55% of the vote. Wicker's resignation from the House also triggered a May 13, 2008 special election to fill the vacancy in the House, which was won by Democratic Representative Travis Childers.
On September 16, 2010, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Wicker as representative of the United States to the Sixty-fifth Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations.
Poisoning attempt 
On April 16, 2013, a letter addressed to Senator Wicker tested positive for the poison ricin. The letter was detected by postal officials and law enforcement and was prevented from reaching the Capitol. The letter was tested three times, with each test confirming the presence of ricin.
Electoral history 
|This section requires expansion. (April 2009)|
The following is a partial summary of Wicker's election results.
|2008 Mississippi United States Senate election|
|Roger Wicker (R) (inc.) 55%|
|Ronnie Musgrove (D) 45%|
|2006 Mississippi 1st District United States Congressional election|
|Roger Wicker (R) (inc.) 65.9%|
|Ken Hurt (D) 34.1%|
|2004 Mississippi 1st District United States Congressional election|
|Roger Wicker (R) (inc.) 79%|
|Barbara Dale Washer (Reform) 21%|
|1994 Mississippi 1st District United States Congressional election|
|Roger Wicker (R) 63%|
|Bill Wheeler (D) 37%|
Personal life 
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; and two grandchildren: Caroline and Henry McPhillips. The Wickers reside in Tupelo, where he is a deacon at First Baptist Church.
- "Robert N. Maddox Honor Lecture". The Delta of Sigma Nu (Sigma Nu Fraternity, Inc.). Fall 2006: 27–28. 2006.
- Roger Wicker at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- "MS District 1 Race - Nov 08, 1994". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2010-08-29.
- About Roger from Wicker's official Senate website
- "They're back: Representatives reveal their earmarks". CNN. April 4, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-04. "The top earmark requester in the House last year — now Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Mississippi — has not yet posted any earmarks for this year."
- Rupp, Leah (2007-12-31). "Barbour names Wicker to Senate seat". Clarion Ledger. Retrieved 2007-12-31.
- Congressman Named to Fill Lott’s Senate Seat, a January 2008 article from The New York Times
- "Possible ricin-tainted letter sent to Sen. Wicker". USA Today. Retrieved 17 April 2013.
- Ferrechio, Susan (April 16, 2013). "Poison-laced letter sent to senator". The Examiner. Retrieved 17 April 2013.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Roger Wicker|
- Official Senate website
- Official campaign website
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Profile at Ballotpedia
- Congressional profile at GovTrack
- Congressional profile at OpenCongress
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Financial information (federal office) at OpenSecrets.org
- Staff salaries, trips and personal finance (federal office) at LegiStorm.com
- Issue positions and quotes at On the Issues
- Voting record at The Washington Post
- Appearances on C-SPAN programs
- Collected news and commentary at The New York Times
- Collected news and commentary at The Washington Post
- Profile at SourceWatch
|United States Senate|
|United States Senator (Class 1) from Mississippi
December 31, 2007 – present
Served alongside: Thad Cochran
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Mississippi's 1st congressional district
|United States order of precedence|
|United States Senators by seniority