Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee
In office January 3, 2015 – April 1, 2018
In office January 3, 2005 – January 3, 2007
Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee
In office January 3, 2003 – January 3, 2005
Chair of the Senate Republican Conference
In office January 3, 1991 – January 3, 1997
Bob Dole Trent Lott
Connie Mack III
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Mississippi's 4th district
In office January 3, 1973 – December 26, 1978
William Thad Cochran December 7, 1937 Pontotoc, Mississippi, U.S.
May 30, 2019 (aged 81) Oxford, Mississippi, U.S.
Democratic (before 1967)
Rose Clayton (m. 1964–2014) Kay Webber (m. 2015–2019)
United States Navy
Years of service
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.
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. The cause of death was  renal failure.
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