Minority Whip Trent Lott resigned at the end of 2007, putting his seat into play for the 2008 election cycle. Republican Governor Haley Barbour appointed Congressman Roger Wicker to fill Lott's seat until the November election. In November, Wicker will face former Governor Ronnie Musgrove for the seat. Ronnie Musgrove has dedicated his life to serving the people of Mississippi. For over two decades, he's taken a leading role in the State to improve education, expand economic development, and ensure that government lives within its means. During hid tenure as Governor of Mississippi, he helped create over 52,000 new jobs, brought more than $14 billion in new investments to the state, invested in creating rural jobs, and brought Nissan to Mississippi, which was the largest economic development project in state history.