Former U.S. Senator Thad Cochran passed away at the age of 81 earlier today in Oxford.
Following Cochran’s passing, Governor Bryant issued a statement ordering that flags across the state be flown at half-staff.
“Mississippi and our nation have lost a true statesman in Thad Cochran,” he said. “He was a legend in the United States Senate where he worked tirelessly to move his state and country forward. He was one of our longest serving senators, and his influence can be felt in every corner of Mississippi. Whether it was fighting for resources during the dark days following Hurricane Katrina on the Coast or being a zealous advocate for farmers in the Delta, he dedicated himself to serving all Mississippians. The Quiet Persuader dominated Mississippi politics for nearly half a century, and he did so by being a gentleman. Senator Cochran has left a legacy of public service that should serve as an inspiration for all Americans. I am requesting that flags be flown at half-staff in Mississippi. Deborah and I are praying for the Cochran family during this difficult time.”
When he was elected to the Senate, Cochran became the first Republican in more than 100 years to win a statewide election in Mississippi. On March 2, 2017, Cochran was recognized as the tenth longest-serving Senator in United States history.
The Navy veteran served as the Chairman of Senate Appropriations and Agriculture Committees, and in 2005, he spearheaded the effort to provide more than $87 billion in supplemental federal assistance to Mississippi and Gulf Coast states devastated by Hurricane Katrina.
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