Tributes Pour in from Both Sides of the Aisle After Influential GOP Senator Thad Cochran’s Passing

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Tributes poured in for the former chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and former Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) after he passed away early Thursday morning at 81 years-old.

According to a statement released by two former aides, Brad White and Chris Gallegos, Cochran — who served in the Senate from 1978 until April of last year — died peacefully in Oxford, Mississippi. He had resigned from the Senate in 2018 citing health concerns.

People from both sides of the aisle paid tribute to the senator following his death, recognizing his life of service to the people of Mississippi and the nation.

President Donald Trump also gave his condolences in a tweet, praising the late senator for his incredible values and fighting through illness to fly “back to the Senate from Mississippi” for a vote on health care legislation.

“Very sad to hear the news on the passing of my friend, Senator Thad Cochran,” the president wrote. “He was a real senator with incredible values — even flew back to Senate from Mississippi for important healthcare vote when he was desperately ill. Thad never let our country (or me) down!”

Cochran was an influential member of the Senate, serving as chairman of both the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Senate Agriculture Committee during his tenure in office, and was well-regarded by his colleagues.

“Some people say that Thad Cochran is the last true southern gentleman, and I think there’s a lot of truth to that. Some people say that he represents the lost art of being nice,” said his Senate Appropriations chair successor Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) after Cochran announced his retirement.

At the time of his election, Cochran was the first Republican to hold office in the Senate in over a century. Prior to the Senate, he served three terms in the House of Representatives.

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No way this is true.
“At the time of his election, Cochran was the first Republican to hold office in the Senate in over a century.”
I’m thinking maybe you left out “from Mississippi”

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