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Thad Cochran
United States Senator
from Mississippi
In office
December 27, 1978 – April 1, 2018
Preceded by James Eastland
Succeeded by

Cindy Hyde-Smith

Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee
In office
January 3, 2015 – April 1, 2018
Preceded by Barbara Mikulski
Succeeded by Richard Shelby
In office
January 3, 2005 – January 3, 2007
Preceded by Ted Stevens
Succeeded by Robert Byrd
Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee
In office
January 3, 2003 – January 3, 2005
Preceded by Tom Harkin
Succeeded by Saxby Chambliss
Chair of the Senate Republican Conference
In office
January 3, 1991 – January 3, 1997
Leader Bob Dole
Trent Lott
Preceded by John Chafee
Succeeded by

Connie Mack III

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Mississippi's 4th district
In office
January 3, 1973 – December 26, 1978
Preceded by Sonny Montgomery
Succeeded by Jon Hinson
Personal details
William Thad Cochran

December 7, 1937(1937-12-07)
Pontotoc, Mississippi, U.S.
Died May 30, 2019(2019-05-30) (aged 81)
Oxford, Mississippi, U.S.
Political party Republican (1967–2019)
Other political
Democratic (before 1967)
Spouse(s) Rose Clayton (m. 1964–2014) «start: (1964)–end+1: (2015)»"Marriage: Rose Clayton to Thad Cochran" Location: (linkback:
Kay Webber (m. 2015–2019) «start: (2015)–end+1: (2020)»"Marriage: Kay Webber to Thad Cochran" Location: (linkback:
Children 2
Education University of Mississippi (BA, JD)
Website Senate website
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Branch/service  United States Navy
Years of service 1959–1961

William Thad Cochran (December 7, 1937 – May 30, 2019) was an American politician. He was a United States senator of Mississippi. He became senator in 1978 until 2018. Cochran is a member of the United States Republican Party.

On March 5, 2018, he announced his intention to resign from the Senate on April 1 for health reasons.[1]

Almost a year later from his retirement, Cochran died on May 30, 2019 at a nursing home in Oxford, Mississippi at the age of 81.[2] The cause of death was renal failure.[3]


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