Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour has named Congressman Roger Wicker (R-MS) to replace the retiring Sen. Trent Lott as senator. Wicker, who represents a northern Mississippi district, was first elected in 1994, and he will serve in the interim until a special election can be held. (Barbour has scheduled it to coincide with the Nov. 4 general election, but there’s a political dispute over the date. Democrats want an earlier date, diminishing the marginal advantages of increased incumbency.)
The National Association of Manufacturers is especially pleased with the appointment given Wicker’s traditional rock-solid support of policies that support the manufacturing economy and employment. Over the years, Wicker has attained 96 percent support for key votes identified by the NAM, and so far for the 110th Congress, he’s scored a perfect 100 percent. In the 109th Congress, he received the NAM’s Manufacturing Legislative Excellence Award. For more details, please go here.
To Senator Wicker, we extend congratulations and best wishes for the year ahead.
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