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Citing Health Concerns, Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran Announces Resignation

07 March, 2018, 00:24 | Author: Lora Ball
  • U.S. Senator Thad Cochran To Resign

"And the people of Mississippi-and our whole nation-have benefitted from his steady determination to do the latter", McConnell said.

Sen. Thad Cochran speaks at "Making AIDS History: A Roadmap for Ending the Epidemic" at the Hart Senate Building on June 14, 2017 in Washington, D.C. He had previously served three terms in the House of Representatives.

Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), center, with his wife Rose and friends looking on, is sworn in by Vice President Walter Mondale in a re-enactment ceremony in Washington, Jan. 15, 1979.

His retirement means there will be two Senate races in MS this year - the state's other senator is up for re-election in November. Through his service in the Navy and as a leader in Congress over the last 40 years, he has served as an expert decision maker who accomplished major victories during his tenure. James Eastland, who retired. "[Cochran] is a quiet, polite gentleman, but he is tough as nails".

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"I hope it works as well as it always has, " Cochran said of his low-key style in a 2014 interview with USA TODAY. "I think I am", he added. Cochran was not known to host press conferences or flashy events. Mary Landrieu, a Democrat from Louisiana, to push for aid after Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

"Throughout all of this time, from our time working together on the Agriculture Committee to the Appropriations Committee, I knew I could trust Thad because he is a man of his word, " Leahy said Monday.

McDaniel had been waiting to see what Cochran was going to do this year.

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Cochran hasn't been as visible on Capitol Hill in recent months. "Given Sen. Cochran's retirement, I will continue to monitor developments regarding his replacement and the special election that will follow".

Those close to Mississippi's governor have said Bryant will not offer McDaniels the seat outright, and that the party is instead looking for someone with name recognition in the state could beat McDaniels in the special election. Bryant, however, said he wants to finish his second and final term as governor, which ends in January 2020.

UPDATE: Senator Wicker is up for re-election this year. Six Democrats, including two state lawmakers, qualified to run in the Wicker seat. Senator Cochran's talents made him chairman of the Appropriations Committee. That forced Cochran's political nemesis, Chris McDaniel, to declare for an uphill primary challenge to Senator Roger Wicker, instead of becoming an instant front-runner in a special election to succeed the old guy he almost defenestrated in 2014. McDaniel has never conceded his lost to Cochran. Chris McDaniel of Ellisville led Cochran in the first Republican primary, but did not garner the majority vote needed to avoid a runoff.

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