Thad Cochran is the senior United States Senator from the State of Mississippi.
He was elected to the Senate in 1978 and has been re-elected six times by the people of Mississippi.
Senator Cochran is Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, having also served in this position during the 109th Congress (2005-2006). He is also a senior member of the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. The Senator also serves as a member of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration.
Thad Cochran earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Mississippi and studied international law for a year under a Rotary Foundation Fellowship at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. He has been awarded honorary degrees from five other colleges and universities.
Before his election to Congress in 1972, Senator Cochran practiced law in Jackson, Mississippi; and he served as an officer in the U.S. Navy.