Sen. Thad Cochran Will Retire on April 1 Due to Health Concerns
Sen. Thad Cochran Will Retire on April 1 Due to Health Concerns
Sen. Thad Cochran is resigning — opening up another Republican seat this November
07 March, 2018, 00:26
"It has been a great honor to serve the people of MS and our country", he added. He is the tenth-longest serving senator in the nation's history.
Before winning his Senate seat, Cochran served three terms in the House of Representatives. He faced little opposition in most of his re-election efforts until 2014 when little known state Sen. In 1972, Cochran was elected into Congress and served until 1978, when he was elected into the Senate. James Eastland, who retired. Thad's well-earned reputation as a "quiet persuader" has endeared him to all his colleagues. "I think I am", he added.
Cochran said he hoped for a "smooth transition" of political power in Mississippi. Cochran was not known to host press conferences or flashy events.
Former Gov. Haley Barbour wrote in his book America's Greatest Storm that the way Cochran was able to build bipartisan consensus to deliver aid to the devastated states along the Gulf of Mexico helped save Mississippi. Mary Landrieu, a Democrat from Louisiana, to push for aid after Superstorm Sandy in 2012.
"Thad knows there's a big difference between making a fuss and making a difference". That race grabbed national attention after a McDaniel supporter entered a nursing home without permission and photographed Cochran's wife, Rose, who was bedridden with dementia.
Rumors have circulated for months that Cochran would be stepping down. Cochran were absent from a series of crucial votes. "Given Sen. Cochran's retirement, I will continue to monitor developments regarding his replacement and the special election that will follow".
By Mississippi law, Republican Gov. Phil Bryant will now appoint Cochran's temporary successor until a special election can take place at the same time as the 2018 general election. Some, including President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have suggested the governor appoint himself to the position, but Bryant has said he's not interested.
A mild-mannered Southerner, Cochran played an insider's game throughout his seven terms - particularly as a member of the powerful Appropriations panel, which had always been a bipartisan powerhouse and way to funnel taxpayer dollars back home.
McDaniel announced last week that he planned to run against Wicker in November. Senator Cochran's talents made him chairman of the Appropriations Committee. Chris McDaniels. McDaniels, an anti-establishment conservative who has been tied to Steve Bannon and has a penchant for wanting to oust traditional Republicans, could drop his challenge to Wicker and instead run for Cochran's seat in the special election. McDaniel has never conceded his lost to Cochran.
Cochran's health issues have been prevalent for some time.
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