Newly-appointed U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker speaks as Gov. Haley Barbour looks on during a news conference announcing his appointment at the Woolfolk Building in downtown Jackson on Monday, Dec. 31, 2007. Barbour announced his choice for Trent Lott's replacement in the Senate: Rep. Roger Wicker, a conservative congressman. (AP Photo/Rick Guy/The Clarion-Ledger)

JACKSON – It’s official: U.S. Rep. Roger Wicker, R-Tupelo, is Mississippi’s new junior senator.

Gov. Haley Barbour announced his choice today at an 11 a.m. news conference in Jackson. The governor is authorized to appoint an interim senator until a special statewide election to fill the remaining five years on the term.

Wicker, a Pontotoc native, has represented Mississippi’s 1st Congressional District since 1994. Before that, he was a two-term state senator.
Barbour will introduce South Mississippians to Wicker at an afternoon news conference.

• Read Tuesday’s Daily Journal and come back to for the latest developments.

Click video to hear audio