Who is Roger Wicker?
April 16th, 2013
07:08 PM ET
10 years ago

Who is Roger Wicker?

(CNN) - The ricin-tainted envelope intercepted at a Washington mail facility was addressed to Republican Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi, CNN reported Tuesday night.

The senator has been assigned a protective detail following the discovery, according to a law enforcement source.

But who is Wicker?

The junior senator from Mississippi, Wicker, 61, was first appointed by former Republican Gov. Haley Barbour to the U.S. Senate in December 2007 after the resignation of then-Sen. Trent Lott. He was then won a special election for the seat in 2008 and won re-election in 2012 to a second term.

Before joining the Senate, he held elected office as a U.S. representative in the House from 1995 to 2007. Before that, he served in the Mississippi Senate.

Wicker was one of 16 GOP senators who voted to end a filibuster against a gun control bill on Thursday. He was also one of the 12 Senate Republicans who dined with President Barack Obama at the White House last week.

"I know Roger well," House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul said on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront." "He's a nice guy. I don't know why anybody would want to do this to him."

Wicker serves as deputy whip in the Senate, alongside Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn of Texas.

He sits on multiple Senate committees, including Armed Services; Budget; Commerce, Science, and Transportation; and Environment and Public Works; and the Joint Economic Committee.

Born in Mississippi, Wicker served in the U.S. Air Force from 1976 to 1980 and later was in the Air Force Reserve until 2004.

When his state was struck by Hurricane Katrina, the then-congressman worked against some in his own party to bring more federal funds to the area.

He's known as a staunch opponent of Obama's policies, especially health care reform, and has an A+ rating with the National Rifle Association.

He has three children with his wife, Gayle, and resides in Tupelo, where he sings in the choir at First Baptist Church Tupelo, according to his Senate website. He graduated from the University of Mississippi, where he also earned his law degree.

Postal workers started handling mail at a site off Capitol Hill after the 2001 anthrax attacks that targeted then-Majority Leader Tom Daschle and Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, among others.

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soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. what's good for the goose is good for the gander

    wow, must be the democrat party and their far left assassins going all out to get their opponents. to be expected given the level of their vitriol and hatred.

    April 16, 2013 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  2. Evergreen

    Over the past few years we (meaning our politicians and the general public) have been so busy attacking each other we forgot we have real enemies who want to do us harm.

    April 16, 2013 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  3. Gene

    Wing nut violent liberals trying to off a GOP senator. Don't try to claim it was the right because of the gun control vote, Wicker is conservative and logic destroys the narrative. Conservative southern white GOP senator.. targeted by the loony left.

    April 16, 2013 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  4. Johnny Malachi

    This is obviously the work of liberal extremist hippies.

    April 16, 2013 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  5. charyaa

    was the letter frm NRA?

    April 16, 2013 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  6. Just Me

    Crazy people will kill by any means not just guns.
    But if laws alone were effective in regulating criminal behavior, prisons would be empty.

    April 16, 2013 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  7. Bill Hicks

    "Wicker was one of 16 GOP senators who voted to end a filibuster against a gun control bill on Thursday. He was also one of the 12 Senate Republicans who dined with President Barack Obama at the White House last week."

    More evidence this is conservative terrorism. Some right wing nut was clearly sending a message.

    April 16, 2013 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  8. Zoglet

    SO, why him?

    April 16, 2013 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  9. MC

    Right-wing nut jobs, as usual.

    April 16, 2013 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  10. ima_robot_beepbeepbeep

    so this guy votes to end a childish filibuster and makes efforts to reach across the aisle and the republican voter response is to mail him ricin? that is just sick.

    April 16, 2013 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    He sounds like a great citizen even though he is a republican

    April 16, 2013 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  12. awshucks

    That's right...not bad enough he has been targetted, how 'bout you give all the details so the perps can get to him faster?

    Really CNN, would u have disclosed this much if it had been a democrat?

    April 16, 2013 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  13. bankrupt1

    Maybe the parties are trying to control the elections and killing people off so they can get their people in?

    April 16, 2013 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  14. Sarah

    A little gift for Roger from his friends at the NRA.

    April 16, 2013 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  15. Zerubbabel

    We can expect more of these type of acts from the extreme right as their unyielding views and positions marginalize them in America. The times are changing. They can adapt, assimilate, lose the fear and become part of the solution or become the new minority of the 21st century. What they can no longer do is intimidate the masses.

    April 16, 2013 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  16. Patines

    What is it? The change in the weather has brought out all these evils?

    April 16, 2013 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  17. dr. j

    It sounds like retaliation to me for his vote. Coincidence with yesterdays's bombing? Probably not. I would not be surprised if both are from a right wing extremist group.

    April 16, 2013 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  18. Surthurfurd

    Hunt the criminal(s) down and remove them from any sense of freedom or happiness!

    April 16, 2013 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  19. DemoCrass

    Wicker is getting all of the attention and nothing happened to him. I want to know more about the poor soul at the off-site facility who "intercepted" the package. Are they okay?

    April 16, 2013 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  20. funtogo

    You might notice that when an event happens to a Republican ...no party is mentioned by CNN...the motto is don't give them any publicity...don't give them any sympathy....we are judge and jury of real news.

    April 16, 2013 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  21. Charles

    Our Country is rotting from the inside thanks to extreamism on both sides. What is happening to us?

    April 16, 2013 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  22. grammar police

    Commerce, Science, and Transportation; and Environment and Public Works; and the Joint Economic Committee. That's quite the run on sentence there bud.

    April 16, 2013 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  23. kenneth clark

    IS This an attempt to take the Sandy hook families off the front page, and stop the gun control debate, and votes in congress?

    April 16, 2013 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  24. JohnK

    He has been scored by the NRA.

    April 16, 2013 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  25. Grace

    Aside from the vote to end the filibuster there is nothing controversial about him. Seems minor to me but he is from Mississippi and I know how bent out shape some people get when they think the governments going to take their beloved guns. Still I think it could something else entirely, there have white powder hoaxes periodically over the years and this could easily be a lowlife trying to stir up panic by sending a hoax, false positives aren't unheard of with ricin.

    April 16, 2013 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
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