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Back to The Data

Office of

Roger Wicker


Total cost of 32 office trips: $115,225.64


Trips by Roger Wicker
Total cost of congressperson's 10 trips: $60,414.23

Destination: GALVESTON, TEXAS
Sponsor: United States Association of Former Members of Congress
Purpose: TO ATTEND 19TH ANNUAL CONGRESS-BURDESTAG SEMINAR
Date: Mar 25, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,555.20
source

Destination: WASHINGTON DC - BALTIMORE
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: CONSERVATIVE MEMBERS RETREAT
Date: Feb 3, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $632.11
source

Destination: AMSTERDAME TO VENICE, ITALY (KLM)
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON THE U.S.-RUSSIA-EUROPE RELATIONS
Date: Aug 22, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $8,688.20
source

Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
Sponsor: American Shipbuilding Association
Purpose: TO PROVIDE A FORUM FOR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND LEADERS OF THE SHIPBUILDING INDUSTRY TO SHARE AREAS OF CONCERN, AND TO DISCUSS POLICY AND LEGISLATION TO REBUILD OUR SEA SERVICES AND THE SHIPBUILDING INDUSTRY
Date: Nov 30, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $2,828.71
source

Destination: MEMPHIS TO PHOENIX TO MEMPHIS FOR GAYLE WICKER MEMPHIS TO PHOENIX FOR REP. WICKER
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: 104TH CLASS RETREAT
Date: Jan 7, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,638.00
source

Destination: PHOENIX - PUERTO VALLARTA - MEMPHIS FOR REP. WICKER; MEMPHIS - PUERTO VALLARTA - MEMPHIS FOR CAROLINE WICKER
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON US POLICY IN LATIN AMERICA IN PUNTA MITA, MEXICO
Date: Jan 9, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $7,521.84
source

Destination: SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - LANGKAWI, MALAYSIA
Sponsor: KOREA US EXCHANGE COUNCIL AND US MALAYSIA EXCHANGE ASSOCIATION
Purpose: S. KOREA: MEET W/ADMIN REPS. MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT, NAT'L SECURITY ADVISOR, & US BUSINESS TO DISCUSS US TROOP PRESENCE IN KOREA/N. KOREA NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION. MALAYSIA: MEET W/ PRIME MINISTER AND OTHER CABINET OFFICIALS TO LEARN MORE OF THE US BUSINESS &
Date: Feb 18, 2005 (10 days)
Expense: $27,757.98
source

Destination: MANASSAS, VA - STARKVILLE, MS, MUNICIPAL AIRSTRIP
Sponsor: Aurora Flight Sciences
Purpose: DELIVER SPEECH FOR RIBBON CUTTING/GRAND OPENING AT AURORA'S STARKVILLE UAV FACTORY. PRIVATE AIRCRAFT WAS USED. EQUIVALENT FIRST CLASS AIRFARE FROM DCA TO GTR
Date: Apr 29, 2005
Expense: $616.70
source

Destination:
Sponsor: ISLE OF CAPRI CORP.
Purpose: CHARITY BENEFIT CONCERT FOR THE BB KING MUSEUM
Date: Jul 30, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $334.19
source

Destination: DULBIN
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON US - RUSSIA - EUROPE RELATIONS
Date: Aug 21, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $8,841.30
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Roger Wicker

Bradley Ayers
Michelle Barlow
Jennifer Biggy
Kim Chamberlin
John Keast
Aubert Kimbrell
James Perry
Lemuel Smith
Susan Sweat
Erskine Wells



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Kids playing video games. Photo: sean dreilinger via Flickr.

Learning from Video Games

A lot of parents worry about whether their kids' video game habits are harmful - especially when gaming gets in the way of homework or reading. But writer Greg Toppo says gaming can be a great way to learn.

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