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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.

He also serves on the Senate Ag Committee.

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