|U.S. Senate, Mississippi|
|December 27, 1978-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||35|
|Predecessor||James Eastland (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2008|
|First elected||November 7, 1978|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
|Appointed||December 27, 1978|
|Appointed by||Governor Cliff Finch|
|U.S. House of Representatives|
|Bachelor's||University of Mississippi|
|Master's||Trinity College, Dublin|
|J.D.||University of Mississippi Law School|
|Years of service||1959-1961|
|Birthday||December 7, 1937|
|Place of birth||Pontotoc, MS|
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.
Cochran was born in 1937 in Ponotoc, MS, 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.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Cochran's professional and political career:
- U.S. Navy, 1959-1961
- Attorney in Jackson, MS, 1965-1973
- U.S. House of Representatives, 1973-1978
Cochran serves on the following Senate committees:
- 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
Cochran served on the following Senate committees:
- Appropriations Committee Ranking Member
- Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee
- Rules and Administration Committee
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 a 89/8 vote on January 1, 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 have been critical that President Obama did not offer a clear response to the question. A total of 14 senators joined Paul in the filibuster -- 13 Republicans and one Democrat.
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."
Comprehensive donor information for Cochran is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Cochran raised a total of $1,723,559 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 24, 2013.
|Thad Cochran's Campaign Contribution History|
|2002||U.S. Senate (Mississippi)||$1,723,559|
|Grand Total Raised||$1,723,559|
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.
|U.S. Senate, Mississippi, 2008 - Thad Cochran Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$0|
|Total Spent by General Election Opponent||$0|
|Top contributors to Thad Cochran's campaign committee|
|Alabama Peanut Producers Assn||$20,000|
|Baker, Donelson et al||$14,800|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Crop Production & Basic Processing||$202,794|
Ideology and leadership
Lifetime voting record
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. 
Congressional staff salaries
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 he 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.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Cochran's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $926,061 and $3,017,000. That averages to $1,971,530, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Senators in 2011 of $6,358,668. His average net worth decreased by 6.14% from 2010.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Cochran's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $974,079 and $3,227,000. That averages to $2,100,539.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Senators in 2010 of $7,054,258.
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.
According to the data released in 2013, Cochran was ranked the 41st most conservative senator during 2012.
According to the data released in 2012, Thad Cochran was ranked the 41st most conservative senator during 2011.
Percentage voting with party
The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Thad Cochran has voted with the Republican Party 81.7% of the time, which ranked 39th among the 46 Senate Republican members as of June 2013.
This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term Thad + Cochran + Mississippi + Senate
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- Wait for Thad Cochran call continues - Politico
- Haley Barbour bemoans Thad Cochran criticism - Politico
- Stacey Pickering will run for Senate if Thad Cochran retires - UPI.com (blog)
- Re-election bid still a question mark for Miss. senator - USA TODAY
- Will US Senator Thad Cochran run again? - WTVA
- Longtime Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., deciding by end of November whether to ... - The Republic
- Retirement Signals for Thad Cochran? - National Journal (blog)
- HALL - Rumors flying on US Senator Thad Cochran announcing re-election plans - Yall Politics
- Eight Things to Watch for in the Farm Bill - Heritage.org
- GOP Family Feud: 'Showboat' DeMint Takes on 'Tyrant' McConnell - WFPL
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Cochran lives with his wife, Rose, in Jackson, MS. They have two children and three grandchildren.
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- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Biographical Guide to Members of Congress "William Thad Cochran," Accessed November 3, 2011
- ↑ Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013
- ↑ Official U.S. Senate Website "Committee Assignments," Accessed November 3, 2011
- ↑ The Hill, "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," retrieved November 23, 2011
- ↑ U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
- ↑ CNN "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013
- ↑ USA Today "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
- ↑ ABC News "Rand Paul Wins Applause From GOP and Liberals," March 7, 2013
- ↑ Breitbart "AWOL: Meet The GOP Senators Who Refused to Stand With Rand," March 7, 2013
- ↑ Politico "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
- ↑ Washington Post "Eric Holder responds to Rand Paul with ‘no’," March 7, 2013
- ↑ U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008" Accessed November 3, 2011
- ↑ U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002"
- ↑ U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996"
- ↑ U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 1990"
- ↑ U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 1984"
- ↑ U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 1978"
- ↑ U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 1976"
- ↑ U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 1974"
- ↑ U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 1972"
- ↑ Open Secrets "Donor history for Thad Cochran" April 2013
- ↑ Open Secrets "Thad Cochran 2008 Election Cycle," Accessed November 3, 2011
- ↑ Gov Track "Thad Cochran," Accessed June 28, 2013
- ↑ GovTrack, "Thad Cochran" Accessed April 2013
- ↑ LegiStorm "Thad Cochran"
- ↑ OpenSecrets.org, "Thad Cochran (R-Miss), 2011"
- ↑ OpenSecrets.org, "Cochran, (R-Mississippi), 2010"
- ↑ National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
- ↑ National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
- ↑ OpenCongress "Voting With Party"
- ↑ Official Senate Site "Biography" Accessed November 3, 2011
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