Former Sen. Thad Cochran dies
Former U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, who served in Congress for more than 45 years, died Thursday morning at the age of 81 in Oxford.
Cochran’s death was announced by the office Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., who succeeded Cochran, according to online political news service The Hill.
Cochran, a Republican, served as a United States senator from Mississippi from 1978 to 2018. He was serving as Senate Appropriations Committee chairman when resigned from the Senate in April 2018 because of health concerns.
He previously served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1973 to 1978.