Republican Senator Thad Cochran to Retire in April
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Cochran cited his ongoing health reasons for decision to leave office early.
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Trent Lott expresses his support for U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran. Geoff Pender/The Clarion-Ledger
Cochran U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., waves to supporters as he leaves a stop on the first day of a three-week campaign, Wednesday, June 4, 2014. Cochran, 76 and seeking a seventh term, faces state Sen. Chris McDaniel of Ellisville. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)(Photo: Rogelio V. Solis, AP)
U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran announced Monday he is resigning effective April 1because of health reasons, ending one of the longest and most storied political careers in Mississippi history.
He is 80.
“I regret my health has become an ongoing challenge. I intend to fulfill my responsibilities and commitments to the people of Mississippi and the Senate through the completion of the 2018 appropriations cycle, after which I will formally retire from the U.S. Senate," Cochran said in a statement..
“It has been a great honor to serve the people of Mississippi and our country. I’ve done my best to make decisions in the best interests of our nation, and my beloved state. My top concern has always been my constituents in Mississippi. My hope is by making this announcement now, a smooth transition can be ensured so their voice will continue to be heard in Washington, D.C. My efforts, and those of my staff, to assist them will continue and transfer to my successor.”
Cochran was first elected to the Senate in 1978, becoming the first Republican in more than 100 years to win a statewide election in Mississippi. He is the 10th-longest serving senator in U.S. history. Cochran previously served three terms in House of Representatives.
Cochran, a Republican, was re-elected in 2014 to a seventh six-year term that began in January 2015. He has been serving as chairman of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, a post he had held briefly in the mid-2000s and is scheduled to continue through 2018.
Cochran previously served in the U.S. House from 1973-1978 before winning an election to replace longtime Sen. James Eastland, who retired. Cochran was the first Republican to win a statewide election in 100 years when first elected to the Senate.Read More...