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Age: 67

Title:  U.S. Senator from Mississippi since 2007

Conservative First Index Ideology Category:

Establishment Liberal

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Sen. Roger Wicker

Our Analysis:

The United States Senate is no different than any other institution in this country when it comes to having members who are marginal or average. Case in point, Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi is one such person. Sen. Wicker routinely scores “below average” or worse from leading conservative think tanks and organizations who grade members of Congress on their voting records and on their allegiance to conservatism. Our Conservative First Index ranks Sen. Wicker in the Establishment Liberal category, the worst ranking a member of the party of Lincoln, Coolidge and Reagan can receive from us.

Examples of his voting record that fail to follow conservative philosophy include voting for the Export-Import Bank, voting multiple times to raise the debt limit, voting for continuing resolutions, voting against defunding Planned Parenthood, and voting to reauthorize the No Child Left Behind law. These are just some of the recent examples of Sen. Wicker’s refusal to show true conservative leadership, thus handing legislative victories to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the establishment at best or to the progressive Left at worst.

The South, which is usually a stronghold for conservatives, is threatening to crack. Conservative First is now encouraging the voters of Mississippi to help return the balance of power back to conservatives in the South by turning their backs on Roger Wicker and seek out a true conservative for the United States Senate.

Conservatives in Mississippi should have had their antennae up in 2007 when, after accepting the nod to replace Senator Trent Lott, Roger Wicker said this:

"I am a mainstream conservative in the mold of Trent Lott, Thad

                       Cochran, Chip Pickering and Haley Barbour…” 

Senator Wicker, with all due respect, Trent Lott, Thad Cochran, Haley Barbour, et al., are hardly the standard-bearers of conservatism and should not be considered role models for newly-elected senators. His opinion certainly has not changed based on his voting record in the Senate which we highlighted above.

Sen. Roger Wicker is a typical Washington insider who has been in D.C. too long to be anything other than a rubber stamp for Mitch McConnell and the establishment moving forward. With 10 years served in the Senate after previously serving nearly 13 years in the House of Representatives, Wicker is 11 years past our term-limit threshold of 12 years total in the swamp.

Mississippi is a solid conservative state and should have better representation in Washington D.C. than Senators Roger Wicker and Thad Cochran. Hence, Conservative First places Sen. Wicker on the growing list of politicians who we thank for their service, but we humbly ask to call it a career.

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