About Roger Wicker
July 5, 1951
Born in Pontotoc, Mississippi to his father, Thomas Frederick Wicker, and mother, Wordna Glen.
Graduated from Ole Miss (BA'73, JD'75) where he served as student body president.
Married wife Gayle Wicker. They have three children: Margeret & son-in-law Manning McPhillips; Caroline & son-in-law Kirk Sims; and McDaniel Wicker & his wife Kellee; and 6 grandchildren: Caroline, Henry, Maury Beth, Virginia McPhillips, Evelyn Sims, and Joseph Sims.
1976 - 1980
Served as Lieutenant colonel in US Air Force and worked as Political Counselor to then-Congressman Trent Lott.
1980 - 2003
Served in the US Air Force reserve.
1984 - 1987
Served as public defender in Lee County, MS.
1988 - 1994
Served a State Senator in Mississippi representing the 6th district.
Winner of the American Heart Association’s “National Public Service Award” for work in developing funding strategies that support state and local prevention programs.
Sponsored the “Muscular Dystrophy Community Assistance Research and Education (MD-Care Act) of 2001” to provide for enhanced muscular dystrophy research.
Awarded the American Cancer Society Capitol Dome Award in 2003 for securing bipartisan support for programs in order "to address the devastating impact cancer has on individuals, families, and communities throughout the U.S."
Sponsored the “American History and Civics Education Act of 2004.” The legislation made available grants that promote teaching and learning of American history and civics.
The “Wicker Project for Muscular Dystrophy Research” is implemented, part of Roger’s relentless and ongoing effort in support of curing muscular dystrophy.
Co-sponsored the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act of 2013,” designed to eliminate the need for multiple annual abortion funding prohibitions and to ensure that no program or agency is exempt.
Sponsored the Permanent Electronic Duck Stamp Act of 2013 in order to authorize States to issue electronic duck stamps. The act promotes a healthy duck population and further promotes the conservation of wetlands habitat.
Awarded the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award - the highest honor bestowed by the Navy to a civilian not employed by the Department of the Navy.
Helped enact legislation that will update the “Muscular Dystrophy Community Assistance, Research & Education (MD-CARE) Act,” which supports medical research and policies to improve treatments and quality of life for muscular dystrophy patients.
Awarded the "Champion of the Worker" Award by the Competitive Enterprise Institute for perfect voting records on key employment and workforce issues during the 113th Congress.
Awarded the "National Distinguished Advocacy" Award from the American Cancer Society in 2015 for his support of the “Removing Barriers on Colorectal Cancer Screening Act.”
Sponsored the "Ensuring Useful Research Expenditures is Key for Alzheimer’s (EUREKA) Act" in order to create prize-based competitions to encourage more public-private collaboration in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease
Sponsored the “Grassroots and Rural and Small Community Water Systems Assistance Act of 2015” to help small and rural public water systems comply with federal regulations.
Awarded the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s “Allies in Action Congressional Award” for his work in combatting suicide deaths.
Led the proposal which makes it the official policy of the U.S. to achieve the Navy’s minimum requirement for a 355-ship fleet. (signed into law by President Trump in 2018)
Honored by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) for his work on pro-growth, pro-manufacturing policies in Congress.
Winner of the “Spirit of Enterprise Award” in 2017, awarded by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to members of Congress demonstrating support of a pro-business agenda.
In support of Israel, he sponsored the “Combatting BDS Act of 2017” which enables a state or local government to refuse investing in or doing business with entities that boycott, divest or sanction Israel.
Helped cosponsor and reintroduce the “Life at Conception Act.” The measure seeks to provide equal Constitutional right-to-life protection of each born and preborn human being.
Co-sponsored the "Precision Agriculture Connectivity Act" of 2018 to establish a task force to identify gaps in high-speed internet connectivity for the nation’s cropland and ranchland.
He helped secure more than $1.3 million in federal funding to support Civil Rights Movement historic preservation projects across Mississippi.
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