A federal courthouse in Mississippi’s capital city has been renamed. The U.S. District Court building in Jackson is now the “Thad Cochran United States Courthouse” according to the U.S. District Court Website.
After senator Cochran retired on April 1st, a measure to rename the building was included in a recent spending bill.
“Senator Cochran was instrumental in obtaining funding for the construction of this facility several years ago, but perhaps more significantly, he has had a hand in nominating and securing Senate confirmation for every District Judge currently in service on our Court, as well as each of Mississippi’s four judges on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, all of whom also have chambers in this building,” said Arthur Johnston, Clerk of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi. “In addition, prior to his career in public service, Senator Cochran practiced law in this court. So, for all of these reasons, not to mention his longstanding reputation for statesmanship, it is quite fitting that this building be dedicated to him.”
Johnston added that they are working with the General Services Administration to schedule a dedication ceremony to take place within the next 90 days.