US Senator Cochran announces retirement

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, today announced his intention to resign from the U.S. Senate effective April 1, 2018.

“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.

“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 tenth-longest serving Senator in U.S. history.  Cochran previously served three terms in House of Representatives.


  1. Anthony on March 6, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    If Mike Espy is elected to Thad Cochran’s Senate seat, he will strengthen the numbers for leftist Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer. Regardless of what he says, Espy will strengthen the leftist agenda in the U.S. Senate.

  2. Joot on March 13, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    Cochran was ill during the last cycle. His decision to run again was selfish.
    His decision will likely cost the next elected Senator 6 years (and the state 4 years) of experience in Congress.
    With that said, I hope the next elected Senator limits her/his time in Congress to 12 years. (Yeah, influence and power are usually attained by staying in Congress for decades, but we cannot call for term limits if we are not willing to vote out our own Congress members.)

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