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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.