Thad Cochran
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Thad Cochran

Republican

United States Senator from Mississippi (1937-2019)

Jackson, Mississippi
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Thad Cochran

United States Senator from Mississippi (1937-2019)
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Age at Death1937-2019
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Years of Experience
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William Thad Cochran (December 7, 1937 – May 30, 2019) was an American attorney and politician who served as a United States Senator for Mississippi from 1978 to 2018. A Republican, he served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1973 to 1978. Born in Pontotoc, Mississippi, Cochran graduated from the University of Mississippi. He served in the United States Navy as an ensign (1959–1961) before graduating from the University of Mississippi School of Law. After practicing law for several years in Jackson, Mississippi, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1972. He served three terms in the House representing Jackson and portions of southwest Mississippi. Cochran won a three-way race for U.S. Senate in 1978, becoming the first Republican to represent Mississippi in the Senate since Blanche Bruce was elected during Reconstruction. He was subsequently reelected to six additional terms by wide margins. He was chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee from 2005 to 2007 and again from 2015 to 2018. He also chaired the Senate Agriculture Committee from 2003 to 2005.

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Experience

Education

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University of Mississippi Law School
JD
1965
Trinity College, University of Dublin
Attended
1963 - 1964
University of Mississippi
BA Psychology
1959
University of Mississippi
BA Political Science
1959
United States Navy School of Justice, Newport, Rhode Island
Graduated

Past Positions

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Representative
United States House of Representatives
1972 - 78
Senator
United States Senate
1978 - 2018
Executive Director
Mississippi Citizens for Nixon-Agnew
1968
Former Chair
Republican Conference, United States Senate
Instructor, Military Law
Officer Candidate School
1962 - 64
Instructor, Naval Orientation
Officer Candidate School
1962 - 64
Lieutenant
United States Naval Reserve
1959 - 61
Partner
Watkins & Eager, Jackson, Mississippi
1965
Legal Officer
United States Naval Reserve
1961
Former Partner
Watkins and Eager Law Firm

Other Experience

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Member
Board of Trustees, Kennedy Center
Current
Regent Emeritus
Board of Regents, Smithsonian Institution
Current
President, Young Lawyers Division
Mississippi Bar Association
1972 - 73
Member, Board of Directors
Jackson Rotary Club
1970 - 71
Eagle Scout
Boy Scouts of America
Former Board Chair
Military Academy at West Point
Former Board Member
Museum of American History
Former Board Member
Mississippi Opera Inc.
Former Board Member
United States Naval Academy
Former Chair
Legal Services Program, Jackson Junior Bar
Former Chair
Mississippi Law Institute
Former Charter President
American Field Service, Mississippi Chapter
Former Co-Chair
House/Senate International Education Study Group
Former Member
Board of Visitors, Air Force Academy
Former Member
National Educations Goals Panel
Former Member
Mississippi Bar Association
Former Member
Migratory Bird Conservation Commission
Former President
Jackson Men's Y Club
Former President
Pi Kappa Alpha
Member
Northminster Baptist Church
Member
Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus
Current
Former Chair
Subcommittee on Defense, United States Senate
Former Chair
Appropriations Committee, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Energy And Water Development, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Conservation, Forestry and Natural Resources, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Commodities, Risk Management and Trade, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Homeland Security, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, United States Senate
Former Member
Rules and Administration Committee, United States Senate
Former Member
Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, United States Senate
Former Member
Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development & Related Programs, United States Senate
Former Member
Select Committee on Ethics, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Republican Policy Committee, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Republican Task Force to Study the Energy Crisis
Former Member
Subcommittee on Rural Development and Energy, United States Senate
Former Member
Public Works and Transportation Committee, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, United States Senate

Campaign Funding

2018
2016
2014
2012
20
18
$7,971,984
Total Raised
$8,446,289
Total Spent
$7,885
Cash on Hand

Top Industries

Direct campaign contributions grouped by the industry industry of each donor/PAC.

Largest Contributors

Funding generally from an organization's PAC or its members/employees. Organizations did not donate directly.
Financial Data Source: Center for Responsive Politics