Roger F. Wicker has served the great state of Mississippi as a United States Senator for the better part of a decade, beginning in 2007. Throughout his career, Wicker has worked to create jobs, reduce spending, limit federal overreach, and maintain a strong national defense. An advocate for economic development, Senator Wicker has promoted several initiatives to help keep Mississippians competitive in a global marketplace. On multiple occasions, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has honored the Senator for his work on pro-growth, pro-manufacturing policies in Congress.
With a focus on domestic and global health, the Senator is an active supporter of cancer survivorship programs and efforts to fight heart disease, diabetes, and childhood obesity. What’s more, the Senator has been recognized as a "champion" of polio eradication for his work to wipe out polio worldwide and serves as co-founder of the Senate Malaria Caucus. He has also been instrumental in securing research funding for Mississippi universities on a wide range of health-related projects. Notably, Wicker authored the Muscular Dystrophy Community Assistance, Research, and Education (MD CARE) Act of 2001, which created NIH centers of excellence to coordinate and enhance muscular dystrophy research. The Wicker Project at Children's National Medical Center is a leader in muscular dystrophy research.
Prior to his service in the Senate, Wicker served seven terms in the United States House of Representatives on behalf of Mississippi’s First Congressional District. Prior to his congressional career, Wicker served in the Mississippi state Senate for Lee County and Pontotoc County. In 1976, Senator Wicker began his life in public service when he joined the U.S. Air Force, joining the Air Force Reserve thereafter. The Senator retired from the Reserve in 2004 with the rank of lieutenant colonel.
The son of Fred Wicker, a former Circuit Judge, and the late Mrs. Wordna Wicker, the Senator is a native of Pontotoc, Mississippi. Educated in the public schools of Pontotoc, Wicker went on to receive both his B.A. and law degrees from the University of Mississippi. Wicker is a member of the First Baptist Church Tupelo, where he can be found on Sundays singing in the choir. Senator Wicker is married to the former Gayle Long of Tupelo, with whom he has three children together: Margaret and son-in-law Manning McPhillips; Caroline and son-in-law Kirk Sims; and McDaniel Wicker and his wife Kellee; and four grandchildren: Caroline, Henry, and Maury Beth McPhillips; and Evelyn Sims.