Thursday, January 3, 2008
Roger Wicker appointed to U.S. Senate
Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour appointed First District U.S. Rep. Roger Wicker to the United States Senate Monday.
“I am honored that Governor Barbour felt I had the experience and qualifications to be Mississippi’s next senator,” Sen. Wicker said. “Gayle and I consider it a great challenge and a unique opportunity. I look forward to making a smooth transition from one end of the Capitol Building to the other and getting the chance to work for all of Mississippi alongside Sen. Thad Cochran.”
Sen. Wicker said he was moving quickly to set up new offices and add additional staff to meet the needs of constituents from the Tennessee state line to the Gulf Coast.
Wicker said he planned to continue working on economic development and job creation efforts for Mississippians and keeping a strong focus on finishing Hurricane Katrina renewal and rebuilding activities. An Air Force veteran, he also noted his efforts on the House Appropriations Committee to support a strong national defense and his ability to secure defense dollars for Mississippi active duty, National Guard and Reserve operations.
The Senator also listed other issues as high priority items including health care, job training, research funding, and continued attention to the needs of agriculture and small business.
“Governor Haley Barbour has chosen a very well qualified person to succeed Trent Lott in the U.S. Senate. I look forward to working with Roger Wicker to help ensure the continuation of strong influence for our state in Washington. He has been a very effective congressman, and as a member of the Appropriations Committee in the House, we have developed a close working relationship. Roger has the experience, the good judgment, as well as excellent character traits that will enable him to be a truly outstanding United States Senator.”
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