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Charles "Chip" Willis Pickering, Jr. (born August 10, 1963) is a politician in the U.S. state of Mississippi. He represented Mississippi's 3rd congressional district as a Republican in the United States House of Representatives.

In mid-August 2007, Pickering announced that he would not seek re-election in 2008 due to insufficient attention to his family. Pickering was considered a top Republican contender if U.S. Senator Trent Lott had retired in 2006, and was waiting a decision by Senator Thad Cochran to make his re-election plans clear in 2008; it is widely suspected that Pickering's decision to leave Congress reflected Cochran's decision to run for re-election.

When Trent Lott announced his resignation as Senator from Mississippi, Pickering was rumored to be the likely appointee of Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour to replace him. However, in December, Pickering announced that he was not interested in the post, and fellow Republican Congressman Roger Wicker, of Mississippi's 1st congressional district, was appointed to Lott's seat.

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