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Former Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran Passes Away at 81

Former Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran Passes Away at 81

Cochran served in the US Senate for 45 years

Former Senator Thad Cochran passed away Thursday morning at the age of 81. Cochran served in the US Senate for 45 years.

From Politico:

Cochran served as the Senate Appropriations Committee chairman, most recently from 2015 until April of 2018, and helped direct millions of dollars to his home state in his 45 years in Congress. He stepped down last spring as his health deteriorated, and Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) was selected as his replacement.

The GOP senator was a throwback from a more genteel era of American politics, rarely engaging the brutal fights and pitched partisanship of today’s modern-day Senate. In his farewell speech last year, Cochran reminisced of serving in Congress “with nine presidents during times of conflict and peace.”

“We have engaged in heated arguments. But even in full disagreement, I believe all our motivations begin at the same point: the sincere desire to serve our states and country,” he said then. He is the tenth-longest serving senator of all time, according to Senate records.

The low-key Republican had good relationships with Democrats and was nicknamed the “quiet persuader” for his style of politicking. Indeed, he rarely raised his voice, shied away from the press and generally kept his head down in the Capitol as he sought to strike consensus on spending and farm bills.

Trump responded to the news:

A Cochran throwback, courtesy of CSPAN:


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Cochran served in the US Senate for 45 minutes


    Gremlin1974 in reply to Milhouse. | May 30, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    I’m gonna go with distracted biline typing, lol.

    bawatkins in reply to Milhouse. | May 30, 2019 at 5:42 pm

    fake but accurate

    fscarn in reply to Milhouse. | May 30, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    We’d all be so much better off if that was the mandated length of “public service.” That this guy was in office for 45 years, like Fat Boy Kennedy, Robert Bryd, and others, is the very idea of corruption. It’s sickening.

PrincetonAl | May 30, 2019 at 5:42 pm

Sounds bout right for a a Senator.

The other 44.99 years were fundraising and going to dinner with lobbyists.

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I always thought the guy resembled Buddy Ebsen, Fess Parker’s sidekick on the old TV series about Davy Crockett. He was old enough, I guess.

Please correct your typo with the photo – says that he was in the Senate for 45 minutes.

That’s too long and too old to be making the political decisions of this country. And I’m 72. There needs to be a limit on age at least so as to allow younger fresher people in.

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