Wicker is also a member of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, serving as chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet; Environment and Public Works Committee; Rules Committee; and the Joint Committee on Printing. He is chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission and vice president of the OSCE’s Parliamentary Assembly. Senator Wicker is also a member of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Congressional Board of Visitors.
Sen. Wicker is a strong advocate for economic development initiatives to help keep Mississippians competitive in a global marketplace and received recognition from the National Association of Manufacturers for his work on pro-growth, pro-manufacturing policies in Congress.
Sen. Wicker has actively supported cancer survivorship programs and efforts to fight heart disease with the American Heart Association, diabetes, childhood obesity, and Alzheimer’s disease. He received recognition as a “champion” of polio eradication for his work to wipe out polio worldwide. Sen. Wicker is the co-founder of the Senate Malaria and Neglected Tropical Disease Caucus and has worked to eliminate these preventable diseases.
He has been instrumental in bringing more research funding to Mississippi universities for a wide range of health-related projects to fight disease and improve quality of life. Most notably, Wicker authored the Muscular Dystrophy Community Assistance, Research, and Education (MD CARE) Act of 2001, which created National Institute of Health 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.
Before his service in the U.S. Senate, Wicker was elected seven times, beginning in 1994, to represent Mississippi’s 1st Congressional District in the House of Representatives. Before being elected to Congress, he served in the state Senate on behalf of Lee and Pontotoc Counties.
Sen. Wicker served on active duty in the U.S. Air Force and then joined the Air Force Reserve. He retired from the Reserve in 2004 with the rank of lieutenant colonel.
A native of Pontotoc, Mississippi, the senator is the son of former Circuit Judge Fred Wicker and the late Mrs. Wordna Wicker. He received his education in Pontotoc public schools and received his B.A. and law degrees from the University of Mississippi. Wicker is a member of the First Baptist Church Tupelo, where he served as chairman of the deacons, taught Sunday School and still sings in the choir.
Sen. 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 his wife, Kellee; and five grandchildren: Caroline, Henry, Maury Beth, Virginia McPhillips, and Evelyn Sims.
For more information on Sen. Roger Wicker, please visit https://www.wicker.senate.gov/public/.