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Rep. Wicker named to Miss. Senate seat

Rep. Wicker named to Miss. Senate seat

JACKSON, Miss., Dec. 31 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., has been selected to replace the retiring Trent Lott in the U.S. Senate.

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Roger Wicker
Sen. Roger Wicker, R-MS, describes his experiences during the Congressional delegation to Afghanistan and Pakistan on Capitol Hill in Washington on January 12, 2010. The delegation was in Afghanistan and Pakistan to assess the war on terror. From left, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY, Wicker, Sen. Michael Crapo, R-ID, and Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-AK. UPI/Madeline Marshall

Roger Frederick Wicker (born July 5, 1951) is the junior U.S. 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. Wicker served in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Mississippi's 1st congressional district from 1995 to 2007.

Wicker was born in Pontotoc, Mississippi on July 5, 1951, and is of English, German, French, and Native American descent. He 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.

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