Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) is joining Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) as a co-chair of the Senate Chicken Caucus. Senator Wicker will co-chair the caucus with Delaware Senator Chris Coons (D-DE), who was one of the original co-chairs when the caucus was founded in 2013. Senator Wicker is replacing former Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA), who resigned in December 2019 for health reasons.

“The hardworking poultry producers and processors in my home state of Mississippi contribute billions of dollars to our economy and provide millions of American dinner tables with a healthy source of protein,” said Senator Wicker. “As founding member of the Senate Chicken Caucus, I am committed to protecting and promoting the interests of American poultry producers. I look forward to working with Senator Coons and the other members of the Chicken Caucus in this leadership role.”

“I’m thrilled that Senator Wicker will be joining me as a co-chair of the bipartisan Senate Chicken Caucus,” said Senator Coons. “I’m excited to continue working with him, and my other colleagues on the Caucus, to highlight the industry’s contributions to our states’ economies and engage on issues important to chicken production and trade.”

The Senate Chicken Caucus was formed to educate other U.S. Senators about the history, contributions and concerns of U.S. chicken producers, which emanate from a wide range of issues pertaining to agriculture, food safety, free trade, labor, immigration reform and others.

“I want to thank Senators Coons and Wicker for their bipartisan leadership of the Senate Chicken Caucus,” said National Chicken Council President Mike Brown. “As it does in the House, the Senate Chicken Caucus gives a united voice to chicken producers as we navigate the many issues of importance to our industry.”

A Congressional Chicken Caucus was formed in the House in 2011 during the 112th session of Congress.  It is co-chaired by Reps. Steve Womack (R-AR) and Jim Costa (D-CA) and maintains more than 50 House members.