Thursday, April 20, 2006
Congressman guest speaker for Rust College graduation
United States Congressman Roger F. Wicker, who has served Mississippi’s First Congressional District since 1995, will be the 140th Commencement speaker at Rust College April 30.
President David L. Beckley will lead the 2 p.m. convocation which will be held in the McMillan Multi-Purpose Center.
Prior to going to Congress, Wicker was elected to two terms in the Mississippi State Senate, serving from 1987-1994.
Wicker’s leadership abilities have been recognized by his colleagues in Washington. He serves as a member of the leadership team in the House as deputy majority whip. In 2001, he was elected to the Republican Policy Committee, which is the policy-making arm of the majority party in the House. He was re-elected to that position in 2005.
He has been a strong supporter of health care research activities from his position on the Labor, Health Human Service, and Education Subcommittee. His efforts in health care earned him recognition by the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society.
A native of Pontotoc, Mississippi, Wicker is the son of former Circuit Judge Fred Wicker and the late Mrs. Wordna Wicker. He received his B.A. and law degrees from the University of Mississippi. While at the University, he served as the Associated Student Body President.
He served on active duty in the U.S. Air Force and then served in the Air Force Reserve, retiring in 2004 with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He became counsel to then-Congressman Trent Lott on the House Rules Committee in 1980. In 1987, he became the first Republican elected to the state Senate from North Mississippi in the 20th century.
Active in the community, Wicker is a member of the Community Development Foundation and the Lions Club, where he has served as vice president. He and his wife, Gayle, have three children.
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