Senate Ag Leader Thad Cochran to Step Down
USAgNet - 03/06/2018
U.S. Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi announced he will resign on April 1 because of health reasons. The 80-year-old lawmaker was first elected to the Senate in 1978 and is the longest serving member of Congress.
"I regret my health has become an ongoing challenge," Cochran said in a release. "I intend to fulfill my responsibilities and commitments to the people of Mississippi and the Senate through the completion of the 2019 appropriations cycle, after which I will
formally retire from the Senate."
As chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, he steers hundreds of millions in federal dollars to his home state each year.