GOP Sen. Wicker of Mississippi tests positive for COVID-19

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Republican U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi has tested positive for COVID-19 and is in isolation

JACKSON, Miss. — Republican U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi has tested positive for COVID-19 and is in isolation, his spokesperson said Thursday.

Wicker is 70. He was appointed to the U.S. Senate in 2007 after fellow Republican Trent Lott stepped down. Wicker was elected to the U.S. House in 1994 after having served in the state Senate.

Wicker has not been in Washington since last week. His activities in Mississippi this week included a meeting with Tupelo Mayor Todd Jordan and Jordan’s staff and an interview Wednesday at the WTVA-TV studio in Tupelo.

U.S. Sen. Angus King of Maine, an independent, also announced Thursday that he had tested positive for COVID-19. King said he was tested after feeling ill. He is also vaccinated and said he is in isolation at home and has notified people with whom he has been in contact.

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