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Thad Cochran
Thad Cochran

Incumbent
Assumed office 
December 27, 1978
Serving with Trent Lott
Preceded by James O. Eastland
Succeeded by Incumbent (2009)

Born December 07, 1937 (1937-12-07) (age 69)
Pontotoc, Mississippi
Political party Republican
Spouse Rose Clayton Cochran
Alma mater University of Mississippi
Religion Baptist

William Thad Cochran (born December 7, 1937) is the senior United States Senator from Mississippi. He is a Republican. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1105x1400, 1338 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Thad Cochran List of members of the 110th United States Congress Metadata This file contains additional information, probably... Type Upper House President of the Senate Richard B. Cheney, R since January 20, 2001 President pro tempore Robert C. Byrd, D since January 4, 2007 Members 100 Political groups Democratic Party Republican Party Last elections November 7, 2006 Meeting place Senate Chamber United States Capitol Washington, DC United States... This article is about the U.S. state. ... For the ecclesiastical office, see Incumbent (ecclesiastical). ... December 27 is the 361st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (362nd in leap years). ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... Chester Trent Lott, Sr. ... James Oliver Eastland (November 28, 1904–February 19, 1986) was an American politician from Mississippi who served in the U.S. Senate briefly in 1941 and again from 1943 to 1978. ... December 7 is the 341st day (342nd on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Pontotoc, Mississippi (lower left) is west of Tupelo (via Highway 278) and south of New Albany. ... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ... The University of Mississippi, also known as Ole Miss, is a public, coeducational research university located in Oxford, Mississippi. ... The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) is a United States cooperative ministry agency serving missionary Baptist churches around the world. ... is the 341st day of the year (342nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Type Upper House President of the Senate Richard B. Cheney, R since January 20, 2001 President pro tempore Robert C. Byrd, D since January 4, 2007 Members 100 Political groups Democratic Party Republican Party Last elections November 7, 2006 Meeting place Senate Chamber United States Capitol Washington, DC United States... This article is about the U.S. state. ... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ...

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Early life

He was born in Pontotoc, Mississippi to William Holmes Cochran and Emma Grace (nee Berry),[1] a school principal and a teacher, respectively. His family settled in Hinds County, Mississippi, home of the state capital, Jackson, in 1946 after a few moves around the northern part of the state. Cochran still lives in Jackson today. Pontotoc, Mississippi (lower left) is west of Tupelo (via Highway 278) and south of New Albany. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A principal is the chief administrator in an elementary school, secondary school, or high school. ... For university teachers, see professor. ... Hinds County is a county located in the state of Mississippi. ... Nickname: Motto: The city of Grace and Benevolence Coordinates: , Country State County Hinds Founded 1822 Government  - Mayor Frank Melton Area  - City  106. ... Year 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Cochran earned Eagle Scout as a youth and was awarded the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award as an adult. He graduated from Byram High School near Jackson and received a B.A. degree from the University of Mississippi with a major in psychology and a minor in political science in 1959. There he joined the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. After a time in the United States Navy (1959–1961), he attended the University of Mississippi School of Law, was elected to the Phi Kappa Phi honor society and graduated in 1965. He then practiced law for seven years. He married Rose Clayton on June 6, 1964; the couple have two children. An Eagle Scout is a Scout with the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). ... The Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, is a special award, awarded only to Eagle Scouts, for distinguished service in his profession or to the community for a period of at least 25 years after earning his Eagle Scout rank. ... The University of Mississippi, also known as Ole Miss, is a public, coeducational research university located in Oxford, Mississippi. ... Psychology (from Greek: Literally knowledge of the soul (mind)) is both an academic and applied discipline involving the scientific study of mental processes and behavior. ... The Politics series Politics Portal This box:      Political Science is the field concerning the theory and practice of politics and the description and analysis of political systems and political behaviour. ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity (ΠΚΑ) is an international, secret, social, Greek-letter, college fraternity. ... USN redirects here. ... Phi Kappa Phi is one of the oldest, most prestigious and selective multi-disciplined honor societies in the United States. ...


Cochran had always been active in politics, working on several state Democratic campaigns. His official Senate biography notes his advocacy on behalf of segregationist Democrat Paul B. Johnson, Jr. for governor. Cochran became a Republican in the late 1960s and served as Mississippi executive director of Richard Nixon's 1968 campaign. The Democratic Party is one of two major political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. ... Racial segregation is a kind of formalized or institutionalized discrimination on the basis of race, characterized by the races separation from each other. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic... Paul Burney Johnson, Jr. ... Richard Milhous Nixon (January 9, 1913 – April 22, 1994) was the 37th President of the United States, serving from 1969 to 1974. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


U.S. Congress

In 1972, 3rd District Congressman Charles Griffin decided not to run for a third full term. Cochran won the Republican nomination for the Jackson-based district, which was renumbered the 4th District after redistricting. He defeated Democratic state senator Ellis Bodron by just under four points. A major factor in Cochran's victory was the gigantic Republican landslide in that year's presidential election, in which Nixon won 49 of 50 states and 78 percent of Mississippi's popular vote. Cochran and Trent Lott (who later served alongside him in the Senate) became the second and third Republicans to represent Mississippi in the House of Representatives since Reconstruction. He was handily reelected in 1974, one of the few bright spots in a year when anger over Watergate caused several Republicans to lose their seats. He was reelected by an even larger margin in 1976. Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Type Bicameral Houses Senate House of Representatives President of the Senate President pro tempore Dick Cheney, (R) since January 20, 2001 Robert C. Byrd, (D) since January 4, 2007 Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, (D) since January 4, 2007 Members 535 plus 4 Delegates and 1 Resident Commissioner Political... Chester Trent Lott, Sr. ... The United States House of Representatives (or simply the House) is one of the two chambers of the United States Congress; the other is the Senate. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... The Watergate building. ... Year 1976 Pick up sticks(MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 1978, Senate Judiciary Committee chairman and Senate President pro tempore James Eastland retired after six terms in the Senate. Cochran defeated former state senator and future circuit court judge Charles Pickering, Sr. for the Republican nomination. Cochran then defeated Democrat Maurice Dantin and independent candidate Charles Evers to become the first Republican to win a statewide election in Mississippi since Reconstruction. It is very likely that Evers, the brother of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers, siphoned off many black votes that would have otherwise gone to Dantin. Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... The U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary (informally Senate Judiciary Committee) is a standing committee of the United States Senate, the upper house of the United States Congress. ... A President Pro Tempore is a constitutionally recognized officer of the United States Senate who presides over the chamber in the absence of the President of the Senate. ... For other uses, see James Eastland (disambiguation). ... Charles Willis Pickering, Sr. ... Charles Evers (b. ... For other uses, see Reconstruction (disambiguation). ... Medgar Wiley Evers (July 2, 1925 – June 12, 1963) was an African American civil rights activist from Mississippi. ...


When Eastland resigned two days after Christmas, Cochran was appointed to the seat by governor Cliff Finch and started his Senate career a week early. He handily defeated Governor William Winter in 1984, was unopposed in 1990, reelected with over 70 percent of the vote in 1996 and faced no major-party opposition in 2002. Charles Clifton Finch (April 4, 1927–April 22, 1986) was an American politician who was governor of the U.S. state of Mississippi from 1976 to 1980. ... Governors of Mississippi Territory, 1801–1817 Winthorp Sargent (Federalist) (7 May 1798–25 May 1801) William C. C. Claiborne (Democrat) (25 May 1801–1 March 1805) Robert Williams (Democrat) (1 March 1805–7 March 1809) David Holmes (Democrat) (7 March 1809–10 December 1817) Governors... William Winter is the name of many people, including: American politician William Forrest Winter British chess player William Winter This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... This article is about the year. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Also see: 2002 (number). ...


In 2007, controversy struck hard on Cochran and the US Senate, when Thad was selected to push the Pharmaceutical Industry's Lobbyist agenda to stop the import of pharmaceutical drugs (which sell up to 90% less than current prices in the US). "This is a setback for us and the people, but the drug industry is one of the strongest industries in this town." Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D. Well, once again the big drug companies have proved that they are the most powerful and best financed lobby in Washington," said Sen. David Vitter, a Louisiana Republican. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., called the certification amendment, introduced by Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., a "POISON PILL" for the drug-imports legislation. Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., acknowledged it nullified his bid to allow the purchase of drugs abroad. Additionally, this created a slew of controversies, from; seeking public financing to rid the government corruption of Political Action Committees (PACS) and Corporate Lobbyist "buying" or "bribing" government official's votes & drafted legislation in favor of a particular Industry/Sector.


Worst off, Cochran also became the focal point of international controversy will his "Import" drug bill, by calling drugs from; Canada, Great Britain, France, Germany, et al, as "UNSAFE" to Americans. Foreign drugs investigations have proven to be regulated, tested, & inspected as safe or safer, than American drugs and their respective companies. Further investigations of the drug industry and Congressional officials showed a direct correlation to the "YES" votes on the Drug Import Bill and top recipients of contributions from pharmaceutical executives and political action committees (PACs) and lobbyist, from 2001 through March 2007. The Import Bill canceled low cost drugs to Americans in the senate by a 49-40 vote. With all the pharmaceutical/lobbyist controversies centered around Senator Cochran, this may effect his chances for reelection in 2008.


Cochran's voting record is generally regarded as moderate by Southern Republican standards. He has maintained a very low profile, at least compared to Eastland and his colleague Lott, who was elected to the Senate in 1988 when longtime incumbent John Stennis retired. Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... John Cornelius Stennis (August 3, 1901 - April 23, 1995) was a Senator from the state of Mississippi. ...


However, Cochran has considerable influence behind the scenes, especially in Mississippi. This is not surprising given his status as the first Republican to hold statewide office since Reconstruction. In April 2006, Cochran was selected by Time as one of "America's 10 Best Senators"; the magazine quoted an unnamed "senior G.O.P. Senator" who said "He doesn't get a whole lot of play in terms of coverage, but he is effectively stubborn doing what needs to be done."[2] Time (whose trademark is capitalized TIME) is a weekly American newsmagazine, similar to Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report. ...


Cochran served as chairman of the Senate Republican Conference (caucus) from 1991 to 1996 and chaired the Senate Agriculture Committee from 2003 to 2005. In 2005, he was appointed as chairman of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee making him the first Republican from a former Confederate state to chair the committee. The chairman of the Appropriations Committee has enormous power to bring home special projects (sometimes referred to as "pork barrel spending" comittee) for his or her state as well as having the final say on other Senator's appropriation requests.[3] For example, in fiscal year 2005 per capita federal spending in Alaska, the home state of then-Chairman Ted Stevens, is $12,000, double the national average. Alaska alone, has 11,772 special earmarked projects for a combined cost of $15,780,623,000. This represents about 4 % of the overall spending in the $388 billion Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2005 passed by Congress.[4] Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... The Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry is a committee of the United States Senate empowered with legislative oversight of all matters relating to the nations agriculture industry, farming programs, forestry and logging, and legislation relating to nutrition and health. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations is a standing committee of the United States Senate. ...


In 2002, over the course of several weeks, this candidate repeatedly refused requests by citizens in the candidate's own state, leaders of both major political parties, major news organizations and Project Vote Smart staff to provide voters with essential issue information in the 2002 National Political Awareness Test (NPAT). Senator Thad Cochran would not provide this information to citizens in the candidate's own state - no matter who asked them, when they were asked or how they were asked.


The National Political Awareness Test (NPAT) asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. [3]


2008 re-election

Cochran will seek another term in the senate according to his aides, but an official announcement is not expected until November, 2007, to see if his influenced Import Drug Bill has effected his chances for reelection.[4] He has been riding the senatorial position for the past 30 years, and is the state's Senior Senator. The other senator is Republican Trent Lott. Senior Senator and Junior Senator are terms commonly used in the media to describe U.S. Senators. ... Chester Trent Lott, Sr. ...


Committees

In addition to his ranking minority membership of the Appropriations Committee, Cochran serves on the Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry committee and the Committee on Rules and Administration. The Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry is a committee of the United States Senate empowered with legislative oversight of all matters relating to the nations agriculture industry, farming programs, forestry and logging, and legislation relating to nutrition and health. ... The United States Senate Committee on Rules and Administration is responsible for dealing with the rules of the Senate, with administration of congressional buildings, and with credentials and qualifications of members of the Senate, including responsibility for dealing with contested elections. ...


Footnotes

  1. ^ http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~battle/senators/cochran.htm
  2. ^ Thad Cochran: The Quiet Persuader, an April 2006 TIME magazine article
  3. ^ http://www.vote-smart.org/npat_about.php
  4. ^ "Cochran plans to run in ‘08", The Meridian (Mississippi) Star, 2007-08-18. Retrieved on 2007-08-29. 

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The Biographical Directory of the United States Congress is a biographical dictionary of all members of both houses of the United States Congress, past and present. ...

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Charles H. Griffin (3rd District, which was renumbered the 4th District)
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Mississippi's 4th congressional district

January 3, 1973December 26, 1978
Succeeded by
Jon Hinson
United States Senate
Preceded by
James O. Eastland
United States Senator (Class 2) from Mississippi
December 27, 1978 – present
Served alongside: John C. Stennis, Trent Lott
Incumbent
Legal offices
Preceded by
John H. Chafee
Rhode Island
Chairman of Senate Republican Conference
1991–1997
Succeeded by
Connie Mack III
Florida
Preceded by
Tom Harkin
Iowa
Chairman of Senate Agriculture Committee
2003–2005
Succeeded by
Saxby Chambliss
Georgia
Preceded by
Ted Stevens
Alaska
Chairman of Senate Appropriations Committee
2005–2007
Succeeded by
Robert C. Byrd
West Virginia

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U.S. Senator Thad Cochran - Biography (1796 words)
Thad Cochran was born December 7, 1937, in Pontotoc, Mississippi.
Several years later when he delivered the graduation address at the law school, Dean Parham Williams observed that Thad Cochran's law school grade point average was the third highest of all students who had graduated from the Ole Miss law school during the decade of the 1960's.
In 1978, Thad Cochran was elected to the United States Senate becoming the first Republican in over 100 years to win a statewide election in Mississippi.
Thad Cochran - Conservapedia (376 words)
Thad Cochran (born December 7, 1937) is the senior Republican United States Senator from Mississippi.
In 1972, Cochran was elected to the United States House of Representatives, to replace Democratic Congressman Charles Griffin.
One major factor in Cochran's victory was the gigantic Republican landslide in that year's presidential election, in which Nixon won 49 of 50 states and 78 percent of Mississippi's popular vote.
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