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Thad Cochran
Thad Cochran.jpg
U.S. Senate, Mississippi
Incumbent
In office
December 27, 1978-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 36
PartyRepublican
PredecessorJames Eastland (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2008
First electedNovember 7, 1978
Next general November 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,723,559
AppointedDecember 27, 1978
Appointed byGovernor Cliff Finch
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House of Representatives
1973-1978
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Mississippi
Master'sTrinity College, Dublin
J.D.University of Mississippi Law School
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Navy
Years of service1959-1961
Personal
BirthdayDecember 7, 1937
Place of birthPontotoc, MS
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$1,971,530
ReligionSouthern Baptist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
William Thad "Thad" Cochran (b. December 7, 1937, in Pontotoc, MS) is a Republican member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Mississippi. Cochran was first elected to the Senate in 1978. He is running for re-election to the Senate in 2014.[1] Cochran defeated Chris McDaniel in a runoff election on June 24, 2014.[2]

Prior to his election to the U.S. Senate, Cochran served in the U.S. House of Representatives.[3]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Cochran is a more moderate right of center Republican Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Republican Party line more than his fellow members.

Biography

Cochran was born in 1937 in Pontotoc, Mississippi, where he also attended high school. He earned his B.A. from the University of Mississippi in 1959 and his J.D. from the University of Mississippi Law School in 1965. Cochran also studied international law and jurisprudence at Trinity College, Dublin. Prior to his political career, Cochran was a practicing attorney in Jackson, MS.[3]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Cochran's professional and political career:[3]

  • U.S. Navy, 1959-1961
  • Attorney in Jackson, MS, 1965-1973
  • U.S. House of Representatives, 1973-1978

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate

2013-2014

Cochran serves on the following Senate committees:[4]

  • Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee
    • Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, Poultry, Marketing and Agriculture Security
    • Subcommittee on Nutrition, Specialty Crops, Food and Agricultural Research
    • Subcommittee on Jobs, Rural Economic Growth and Energy Innovation
    • Subcommittee on Commodities, Markets, Trade and Risk Management
  • Appropriations Committee
    • Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Department of Homeland
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
    • Subcommittee on Department of Defense
    • Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
  • Rules and Administration Committee

2011-2012

Cochran served on the following Senate committees:[5]

Key votes

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[6] The Senate has confirmed 16,878 out of 19,009 executive nominations received thus far (88.8 percent). For more information pertaining to Cochran's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

John Brennan CIA nomination

Voted "No" Cochran voted against the confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 2013, with a vote of 63 - 34. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.[8]

Drones filibuster

See also: Rand Paul filibuster of John Brennan's CIA Nomination in March 2013

On March 6, 2013, Senator Rand Paul (R) led a 13-hour filibuster of President Obama's CIA Director nominee, John Brennan. Paul started the filibuster in order to highlight his concerns about the administration's drone policies. In particular, Paul said he was concerned about whether a drone could be used to kill an American citizen within the United States border, without any due process involved. Paul and other civil liberties activists criticized President Obama for not offering a clear response to the question. A total of 14 senators joined Paul in the filibuster -- 13 Republicans and one Democrat.[9][10][11]

According to the website Breitbart, Cochran was one of 30 Republican senators who did not support the filibuster.[12][13]

The day after the filibuster, Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to Paul, responding to the filibuster. Holder wrote, "Does the president have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on U.S. soil? The answer to that is no."[14]

Economy

No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

Voted "Yes" Cochran voted for H.R.325 -- No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. The bill passed the Senate on January 31, 2013, with a vote of 64 - 34. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspend the debt ceiling and withhold the pay of members of Congress until a budget could be passed. The vote largely followed party lines with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting it and many Republicans in opposition to the bill.[15]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[16] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Cochran voted with the Democratic Party for the bill.[17]

Immigration

Mexico-U.S. border

Neutral/Abstain Cochran did not vote on Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.[18]

Social issues

Violence Against Women (2013)

Voted "Yes" Cochran voted for S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.[19]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Cochran voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by an 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.[20]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Thad Cochran's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Cochran is a Moderate Populist Conservative. Cochran received a score of 38 percent on social issues and 56 percent on economic issues.[21]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[22]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Opposes Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Opposes Human needs over animal rights Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Opposes
Support & expand free trade Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Opposes Maintain US sovereignty from UN Opposes
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Opposes
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Opposes Stay out of Iran Strongly Opposes
Privatize Social Security Opposes Never legalize marijuana Strongly Opposes
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[21]

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Thad Cochran endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [23]

Elections

2014

See also:United States Senate elections in Mississippi, 2014

Cochran is running for re-election to the Senate in 2014.[1] The Republican primary on June 3, 2014 resulted in a runoff election against Chris McDaniel on June 24, 2014. Cochran defeated McDaniel and won the Republican nomination. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

U.S. Senate, Mississippi Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngChris McDaniel 49.5% 157,733
Green check mark transparent.pngThad Cochran Incumbent 49% 156,315
Thomas Carey 1.5% 4,854
Total Votes 318,902
Source: Mississippi Secretary of State - Official Republican primary results
U.S. Senate, Mississippi Runoff Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngThad Cochran Incumbent 51% 194,932
Chris McDaniel 49% 187,265
Total Votes 382,197
Source: Mississippi Secretary of State - Official Republican runoff primary results

According to a December 2013 poll from Harper Polling, Cochran had a 23 point lead over McDaniel.[24]

Primary vulnerability

Cochran was named by National Journal as one of the top five incumbent senators at risk of losing his or her primary election. Four of the five most vulnerable senators are Republican.[25]

Opposition from the SCF

In November 2013, the Senate Conservatives Fund announced a $263,000 advertisement buy on behalf of Chris McDaniel, a candidate set to challenge Cochran in the 2014 Republican primary.[26]

Opposition from Club for Growth

Following Cochran's announcement he would seek re-election in 2014, Club for Growth released a statement blasting his candidacy and said they would continue to support Chris McDaniel's run against him. According to Club for Growth President Chris Chocola, " Senator Cochran … is a strong supporter of wasteful earmarks — something that is opposed by Republican leaders in both the Senate and the House. Mississippi voters will make the final judgment as to whether it is time for a change." He added, "The Club for Growth PAC believes that State Senator Chris McDaniel is a constitutional conservative who will fight to repeal ObamaCare, cut spending, and stop President Obama’s reckless agenda. The Club for Growth PAC looks forward to strongly supporting his candidacy for the United States Senate."[27]

Endorsements

Cochran has been endorsed by the following:

"A true statesman, Sen. Cochran has dedicated his life to serving the people of Mississippi.... And Mississippi needs his leadership in the U.S. Senate now more than ever."[28]
"The people of Mississippi need his experience and proven conservative leadership more than ever. Thad's work on behalf of Mississippi is a testament to his selfless dedication to our state and its future. He has my full support."[28]
"After Hurricane Katrina, Thad dedicated his time and influence to our state's recovery efforts as we rebuilt from the nation's largest natural disaster. Our state has benefited from Sen. Cochran's leadership for over three decades. In today's political environment, we need this experience for Mississippi's future."[28]
"I am glad Sen. Cochran is running for re-election and I, like thousands of Mississippians, had encouraged him to do so. He is the father of the conservative Republican takeover of Mississippi, and his wisdom will be an asset to the conservative cause as long as he serves. We as Republicans have a major fight in Washington to unwind the Obama agenda in the next six years, and we need our best minds on the job. I hope all Republicans will rally behind Thad Cochran."[28]
  • Former U.S. Senator Trent Lott[29]
  • National Right to Life[31]

Campaign manager

Cochran hired Kirk Sims to be his campaign manager. Cochran said, "I welcome Kirk Sims to my campaign team, and appreciate his willingness to serve as campaign manager. Kirk has demonstrated a commitment to the interests and the values of the citizens of Mississippi. His background and experience are consistent with my principles. He will be instrumental in the effort to engage and unite the people of our state in a discussion about Mississippi’s bright future." Sims was reportedly endorsed by Sen. Roger Wicker, former Gov. Haley Barbour and former Sen. Trent Lott.[35]

Photos of Cochran's wife

Clayton Thomas Kelly, who runs a blog and openly supports Chris McDaniel over Cochran, was arrested on May 16, 2014, for sneaking into St. Catherine's Village, a nursing home, and taking unauthorized photographs of Cochran's bedridden wife in order to post them in an internet video attacking Cochran. He was arrested for exploitation of a vulnerable adult.[36] McDaniel's campaign denies any involvement with Kelly or the video, and McDaniel issued a statement criticizing Kelly's actions and reaching out to Cochran.[37]

Ads regarding photo scandal

  • After a Chris McDaniel supporter took photos of Cochran's wife in a recent scandal, Cochran came out with a new campaign ad attacking McDaniel.[38] McDaniel, however, denied any involvement or knowledge of the photos, and retaliated with his own ad.[39]

Cochran ad attacking McDaniel

McDaniel ad in response to Cochran's attack ad

Ad aimed toward Democratic voters

After Cochran and Chris McDaniel began their battle for the primary runoff election, McDaniel supporters brought attention to an ad that appeared in the Mississippi Link newspaper in late May 2014 . The ad was geared toward Democratic voters, and stated that Cochran was "Behind the latest farm bill that funds the SNAP program and supports our local farmers."[40] Interestingly, the ad states that it was paid for by "All Citizens for Mississippi," and there is no group of that name registered with the Federal Election Commission. Furthermore, nowhere on the ad does it state whether or not the ad was authorized by Cochran.[41]

"Indecent things with animals"

In a campaign speech given on June 10, 2014, Cochran made a comment that caused a stir in the media. While discussing his love of the countryside as a child, he stated that he did "all kinds of indecent things with animals."[42] While listeners laughed it off as a joke, he claimed not even to remember the comment when a reporter later asked him to elaborate. Then, on June 12, 2014, he stated in an interview that he did not know that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor had been defeated in the primary election. Although his team defended him as merely joking, some reporters speculated that Cochran may have been losing some of his mental faculties, and that he would no longer be fit to serve in Congress.[43]

Contested runoff victory

After Chris McDaniel received more votes in the initial primary election, which sent both McDaniel and Cochran into a runoff for the Republican nomination, many polls and organizations were betting on McDaniel to win. When Cochran increased his vote total by 38,000 votes in the runoff, compared to McDaniel's increase of 30,000, questions were raised about how Cochran had managed to win over so many new voters. According to one article from FiveThirty-Eight, "Cochran’s campaign explicitly tried to increase his turnout in the runoff by bringing Democratic-leaning African-Americans to the polls."[44] Their analysis showed that the counties in which Cochran gained the most new voters were counties with over a 69 percent African-American population. One journalist discovered a flyer that read, "The Tea Party Intends To Prevent Blacks From Voting on Tuesday" being distributed in areas with higher African American populations, although the flyer did not state that it was paid for by Cochran's campaign. The Mississippi Conservatives PAC even sent out an automated phone message, stating, "“By not voting, you are saying ‘take away all of my government programs, such as food stamps, early breakfast and lunch programs, millions of dollars to our black universities . . . everything we and our families depend on that comes from Washington will be cut.” Although none of these tactics were conclusively tied to Cochran himself, McDaniel supporters were furious with Cochran's campaign and supporters for trying to attract Democratic votes.[45] According to Mississippi election law, it is legal for Democratic voters to vote in the runoff for Cochran, as long as they had not previously voted for a Democratic candidate in the initial primary election.[44] However, McDaniel and his supporters claimed to have found over 1,000 ballots in one county alone that voted Democratic in the primary and for Cochran in the runoff.[46]

Challenging the runoff results

As of July 2014, McDaniel had not yet conceded the race to Cochran, as he believed that about 35,000 of Cochran's votes came from Democratic voters, and that many of those voters had voted illegally in one of two ways: either by voting Democratic in the initial primary and Republican in the runoff or by voting Republican in the primary while intending to vote Democratic in the general election.[47] However, McDaniel had a difficult time finding a legal way to take action. At first, many supporters urged McDaniel to run as a write-in independent candidate in the November general election, but the filing deadline for independents had already passed, so McDaniel could not take this route.[47] Instead, McDaniel and his supporters began the process of looking for at least 7,000 invalid votes. Even with these votes, it would be difficult for McDaniel to challenge the results, as Mississippi law does not have any provision to allow for a recount. Due to these roadblocks, McDaniel's only option was to file a legal complaint.[48]

On July 3, 2014, a group called True the Vote filed a lawsuit against the Mississippi Secretary of State and the Republican Party of Mississippi on the grounds that they were denied access to voting records in two of the counties and found evidence of voter fraud in others. Some McDaniel supporters even claimed that Cochran paid Democratic voters $15 each to vote for him in the runoff.[49] Although they had to withdraw their lawsuit on July 8 because they had filed it in the wrong court, they re-filed it on July 9 in the Southern District.[50]

FreedomWorks for America also took action in McDaniel's defense, asking federal officials to investigate the election. They claimed to have heard about "text messages and communications allegedly from the Thad Cochran campaign that, if true, catch the campaign breaking election law and buying votes in the GOP runoff election."[51]

On July 8, 2014, the Senate Conservatives Fund came to McDaniel's aid as well, contributing $70,000 to McDaniel's investigation for voter fraud. McDaniel's campaign also began offering a $1,000 reward to anyone who presented evidence of the alleged fraud.[52]

Timeline of events
  • June 3, 2014: McDaniel and Cochran competed for the Republican nomination in Mississippi's primary election. McDaniel won 157,733 votes to Cochran's 156,315, but McDaniel did not obtain the 50 percent of votes necessary to avoid a runoff election.[53]
  • June 24, 2014: Cochran defeated McDaniel in the runoff primary, with 194,932 votes to McDaniel's 187,265.[54]
  • July 1, 2014: True the Vote sued the Republican Party of Mississippi and the Mississippi Secretary of State, Delbert Hosemann, for failing to release the voting records necessary for an investigation of voter fraud in the Cochran vs. McDaniel runoff. The lawsuit claimed that the records should have been released under the the National Voter Registration Act Of 1993 (NVRA).[55]
  • July 3, 2014: McDaniel notified Cochran of his plans to challenge the primary runoff results due to illegitimate crossover votes from people who had voted in the Democratic primary and the Republican runoff.[56]
  • July 8, 2014:True the Vote withdrew their lawsuit without prejudice.[57]
  • July 9, 2014: True the Vote refiled their lawsuit in Jackson, in the Southern District, adding election commissions in Copiah, Hinds, Jefferson Davis, Lauderdale, Leake, Madison, Rankin, Simpson and Yazoo counties to the list of defendants. [50]

Media

  • Cochran released a campaign ad in which a man praises Cochran for helping him to get through red tape in order to get the medical attention he needed for his brain tumor.[58]
  • Leading up to the runoff primary against Chris McDaniel, Cochran released a campaign ad explaining how he has helped Mississippi in his time as U.S. Senator.[59]

Cochran 2014 campaign ad

Cochran's Republican primary runoff ad

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Cochran is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Cochran raised a total of $4,446,957 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 24, 2013.[69]

Thad Cochran's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2008 U.S. Senate (Mississippi) Won $2,723,398
2002 U.S. Senate (Mississippi) Won $1,723,559
Grand Total Raised $4,446,957

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Cochran's reports.[70]

Thad Cochran (2013) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[71]April 9, 2013$480,184.56$178,228.98$(26,442.07)$6,319,771.47
July Quarterly[72]July 10, 2013$6,319,771.47$170,909.33$(28,927.76)$773,953.04
October Quarterly[73]October 10, 2013$773,953.04$53,147.32$(23,193.11)$803,907.25
Year-End Quarterly[74]December 31, 2013$803,907$339,337$(43,326)$1,100,445
April Quarterly[75]April 10, 2014$1,100,445.67$1,703,077.71$(1,291,015.20)$1,512,508.18
Running totals
$2,444,700.34$(1,412,904.14)

In December 2013, shortly after Cochran announced his intention to run for re-election, the National Republican Senatorial Committee and Mitch McConnell hosted a fundraiser to kickoff Cochran's campaign.[76]

2008

Breakdown of the source of Cochran's campaign funds before the 2008 election.

Cochran won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2008. During that re-election cycle, Cochran's campaign committee raised a total of $2,723,398 and spent $2,832,197.[77]


Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics pioneered by the Government Accountability Institute:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Cochran's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $1,392,070 and $3,875,000. That averages to $2,633,535, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican senators in 2012 of $6,956,438.47. Cochran ranked as the 51st most wealthy senator in 2012.[78] Between 2004 and 2012, Cochran's calculated net worth[79] increased by an average of 7 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[80]

Thad Cochran Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2004$1,708,921
2012$2,633,535
Growth from 2004 to 2012:54%
Average annual growth:7%[81]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[82]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Cochran is a "moderate Republican follower" as of July 2014.[83] Cochran was rated as a "rank-and-file Republican" in June 2013.

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[84]

Cochran most often votes with:

Cochran least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Cochran missed 353 of 12,211 roll call votes from Feb 1979 to Apr 2013, which is 2.9% of votes during that period. This is worse than the median of 1.7% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving.[85]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Cochran paid his congressional staff a total of $2,698,737 in 2011. He ranked 7th on the list of the highest paid Republican senatorial staff salaries and ranked 32nd overall of the highest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Mississippi ranked 19th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[86]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year, National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted, as compared to other members, in the previous year. More information about the analysis process can be found on the vote ratings page.

2012

According to the data released in 2013, Cochran was ranked the 41st most conservative senator during 2012.[87]

2011

According to the data released in 2012, Thad Cochran was ranked the 41st most conservative senator during 2011.[88]

Voting with party

2013

Thad Cochran voted with the Republican Party 81.7% of the time, which ranked 39th among the 46 Senate Republican members as of June 2013.[89]

Personal

Cochran lives with his wife, Rose, in Jackson, MS. They have two children and three grandchildren.[90]

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See also

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Political offices
Preceded by
James O. Eastland
U.S. Senate - Mississippi
1978-Present
Succeeded by
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