Sign up for a daily newsletter defining what matters in business and markets


Former Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran dies at age 81

Thad Cochran
Sen. Thad Cochran leaves the U.S. Capitol following early morning votes in February 2018. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Former Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) died on Thursday morning at age 81, following health concerns that led him to resign from the Senate in 2018, the office of his successor Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith has announced.

Context: Cochran represented Mississippi in Congress for more than 45 years, serving as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Senate Agriculture Committee during his run.