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Wicker rewarded with new leadership post

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., center, flanked by Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., left, and Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., talks on Capitol Hill during the committee’s confirmation hearing for Environmental Protection Agency Administrator-designate Scott Pruitt.
Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., center, flanked by Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., left, and Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., talks on Capitol Hill during the committee’s confirmation hearing for Environmental Protection Agency Administrator-designate Scott Pruitt. AP

So now we know Sen. Roger Wicker’s reward for helping defend the Republicans’ narrow Senate majority.

The three-term senator will be a counsel to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Wicker said in a news release.

“I am honored to continue serving on the Senate Republican leadership team,” he said. “The opportunity to sit at that table means that Mississippi has an even bigger voice on the issues facing our country. I look forward to working with Leader McConnell to advance our conservative agenda.”

Wicker is one of four counsels to the majority leader appointed in the 115th Congress. The others are Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio; Deb Fischer, R-Neb.; and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va.

“As a member of the Senate Republican leadership team,” McConnell said, “Sen. Wicker brings invaluable insight to our conference on issues that affect American families. He is firmly committed to working with our colleagues and the incoming administration on increasing jobs, improving the economy and strengthening our national security.”

Wicker led the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which raised money for and otherwise helped GOP candidates in the past election cycle.

Paul Hampton: 228-896-2330, @JPaulHampton

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