May 2, 2006
Contact: Anika Mitchell Perkins
Congressman Wicker to speak at MUW graduation
COLUMBUS, Miss. – U.S. Congressman Roger F.
Wicker will address the graduating class of
Mississippi University for Women on Saturday,
Wicker will speak at both services, which will
be held in Rent Auditorium, Whitfield Hall.
Conferring of degrees for the College of Arts
and Sciences and College of Education and Human
Sciences will be at 9 a.m. The ceremony for the
College of Business, College of Nursing and
Speech Language Pathology and Culinary Arts
Institute will start at 11:30 a.m.
A native of Pontotoc, Wicker has served
Mississippi’s First Congressional District since
1995. He was re-elected to a sixth term in 2004.
Prior to going to Congress, he was elected to
two terms in the Mississippi State Senate,
serving from 1987-1994.
His colleagues in Washington have recognized his
leadership abilities. He serves as a member of
the leadership team in the House as deputy
majority whip. In 2001, Wicker 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
The congressman landed a seat on the powerful
Appropriations Committee in 1995, and he
continues to serve on the panel. He is a member
of three Appropriations subcommittees, including
Labor, Health and Human Services and Education;
Defense; and Foreign Operations. In 2003, he
assumed additional legislative duties when he
was named to the Budget Committee. He also was
elected chairman of the Tennessee Valley
Authority Congressional Caucus.
Wicker has been a strong supporter of health
care research activities from his position on
the Labor, HHS and Education Subcommittee. His
efforts to fight heart disease were recognized
by the American Heart Association, which
presented him with its 1998 National Public
Service Award. He was honored for developing an
initiative to fund new, state-based disease
prevention strategies and information
activities. His work is helping educate more
Americans about heart disease risk factors and
how to reduce those risks.
He also has been active in support of cancer
research programs at the National Cancer
Institute, diabetes research, and he has been
recognized twice as a champion of polio
eradication for his work on efforts to wipe out
The legislator has been an advocate for economic
development, supporting programs such as the
Appalachian Regional Commission and Economic
Development Administration. In 1999, the
National Association of Manufacturers for
supporting policies, which “recognizes
manufacturing’s pivotal role in the U.S.
economy,” honored him. He received NAM’s Award
for Manufacturing Excellence in 2003 for support
of pro-growth, pro-manufacturing initiatives in
He served on active duty in the U.S. Air Force
and then served in the Air Force Reserve. Wicker
retired from the Reserve in 2004 with the rank
His community involvement includes being a
member of the Community Development Foundation
and the Lions Club, where he has served as vice
Wicker is married to the former Gayle Long of
Tupelo and they have three children.