U.S. Senator from Mississippi
Roger Frederick Wicker was born in July 1951 in Pontoloc, Mississippi. He was introduced to the political arena at age 16 when he worked as a Page for the U.S. House of Representatives. He earned an undergraduate degree in journalism and political science and a Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi. He was student body president at that university.
He served four years as an officer in the United States Air Force, and was a member of the Air Force Reserve until his retirement in 2003 as a lieutenant colonel. He was a judge advocate.
He worked for a time as counsel to Congressman Trent Lott on the House Rules Committee, then was elected to the Mississippi State Senate, where he served six years. Wicker was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, serving 12 years there until his appointment to the United States Senate, an office he assumed in December 2007. He has since won re-election.
Wicker is married to the former Gayle Long of Tupelo. They have three children and six grandchildren. He is a deacon and member of the church choir at First Baptist Church in Tupelo.
In the News…
At the opening of a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on aircraft certification, Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker told FAA Chief Steve Dickson, “This record and delay and non-responsiveness clearly shows at best an unwillingness to cooperate. Your team at the FAA has attempted to deliberately keep us in the dark.”
Congressional investigators have for more than a year been seeking documents and interviews with FAA officials to shed more light on the certification of the Boeing 737-MAX and key safety systems that have been faulted in two fatal crashes.
Dickson denied that the FAA was “stonewalling” the senate, telling the senator “There is still ongoing work.”
Wicker and Senator Maria Cantwell, the ranking member of the committee, introduced bipartisan legislation that would strengthen FAA oversight of the way Boeing designs aircraft.
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The Honorable Roger Wicker
U.S. Senator for Mississippi
555 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510