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  Cochran, Thad
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NameThad Cochran
Address188 East Capitol Street Suite 614
Jackson, Mississippi 39201, United States
Emailinfo@cochran.senate.gov
Website [Link]
Born December 07, 1937
Died Still Living (76 years)
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InfoWilliam Thad Cochran

Thad Cochran was born December 7, 1937 in Pontotoc, Mississippi. His parents lived in the Beckham community at that time where his father, William Holmes Cochran, was the principal of the school and his mother, Emma Grace Cochran, was a teacher. They later moved to the Hurricane community in Pontotoc County and then to Tippah County where Thad began school in the town of Walnut.


BIOGRAPHY



Thad Cochran was born December 7, 1937 in Pontotoc, Mississippi. His parents lived in the Beckham community at that time where his father, William Holmes Cochran, was the principal of the school and his mother, Emma Grace Cochran, was a teacher. They later moved to the Hurricane community in Pontotoc County and then to Tippah County where Thad began school in the town of Walnut.

Summers were spent by the family, which included Thad's younger brother, Nielsen, on the campuses at the University of Mississippi, where their parents would earn Masters degrees, and at Blue Mountain College, where they were members of the faculty.

In 1946 the Cochrans moved to the Byram community near Jackson. While school always came first, there was much time devoted to sports, music, the Boy Scouts and church activities. Thad became an Eagle Scout and helped establish a new scout troop at Spring Ridge Methodist Church. He served as its first Junior Assistant Scout Master.

In high school, Thad earned varsity letters in football, basketball, baseball, and tennis. He gave a piano and voice recital his senior year and was class valedictorian. He was also a member of the 4-H Club and Daniel Memorial Baptist Church.

During junior and senior high school, Thad worked in a variety of after school and weekend jobs. His first regular job was at Gunn's Dairy Bar where he was a "car hop." He clerked at Nicholson's Grocery store, cleared right-of-way for Deviney Construction Company, and helped his father and brother on the family's cattle farm near Utica.

In 1955 Thad enrolled in the school of liberal arts at the University of Mississippi. He earned a B.A. degree at Ole Miss, with a major in psychology and a minor in political science. He was elected President of his social fraternity, Pi Kappa Alpha, was a company commander in the Navy ROTC, Head Cheerleader, Vice President of the Student Body, and was selected for membership in Omicron Delta Kappa, national honorary leadership fraternity. During the summers he worked as a life guard at Livingston Lake in Jackson.

When he graduated from Ole Miss in 1959, he was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve and assigned to duty aboard a heavy cruiser, the USS MACON, which was homeported in Boston, Massachusetts. He served on this ship for 18 months becoming the ship's legal officer after graduating as an honor student from the U.S. Navy School of Justice in Newport, Rhode Island. He also became qualified as Officer of the Deck, in port and underway.

On June 6, 1964 he was married at the First Methodist Church in New Albany, Mississippi to Rose Clayton, who had graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1963.

The Presidential campaign of 1968 marked the first time he became involved in a political campaign for a Republican candidate when he served as Executive Director of Mississippi Citizens for Nixon-Agnew.

Four years later, Thad Cochran was elected United States Congressman for the Fourth District which included twelve counties in southwest Mississippi.

After winning re-election to the House in 1974, he was elected by his colleagues to represent the southern states on the House Republican Policy Committee. He was re-elected to the House of Representatives again in 1976. In both of his races for re-election, Cochran received over 70 percent of the votes.

In 1978 Thad Cochran was elected to the United States Senate becoming the first Republican in over 100 years to win a statewide election in Mississippi. He was re-elected in 1984 in a race with Governor William Winter with over 60 percent of the votes. In 1990 he was unopposed, and in 1996 he was re-elected to a fourth term in the Senate with over 70 percent of the votes


JOB APPROVAL POLLS
DateFirmApproveDisapproveDon't Know
11/15/2013-11/17/2013 Public Policy Polling (D) 44.00% ( 13.0) 40.00% ( 18.0) 16.00% ( 5.0)
11/04/2011-11/06/2011 Public Policy Polling (D) 57.00% ( 5.0) 22.00% ( 3.0) 21.00% ( 1.0)
03/24/2011-03/27/2011 Public Policy Polling (D) 52.00% ( 0.0) 25.00% ( 0.0) 22.00% ( 0.0)
11/08/2006-11/11/2006 Survey USA 65.00% ( 1.0) 29.00% ( 2.0) 6.00% ( 1.0)
06/09/2006-06/11/2006 Survey USA 66.00% ( 3.0) 27.00% ( 1.0) 7.00% ( 4.0)
06/10/2005-06/12/2005 Survey USA 63.00% ( 0.0) 26.00% ( 0.0) 11.00% ( 0.0)
04/09/1996-04/21/1996 Mississippi State University 54.00% ( 0.0) 33.00% ( 0.0) 13.00% ( 0.0)

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NEWS
Date Category Headline Article Contributor
Apr 24, 2006 11:25am Blog Entry [MS Sen] Cochran Delivers $500 Million In “Emergency” Pork To Cash Rich Defense Contractor  Article ArmyDem 
Apr 14, 2006 10:00pm Profile America's Best Senators - Thad Cochran: The Quiet Persuader  Article Monsieur 

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FAMILY
Father W. H. Cochran 0000-
Brother Nielsen Cochran 1941-

INFORMATION LINKS
RACES
  06/03/2014 MS US Senate - R Primary ???
  01/03/2013 Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry Chair Lost 45.00% (-10.00%)
  01/03/2011 Appropriations Chairperson Lost 46.67% (-6.67%)
  01/03/2009 Appropriations Chairperson Lost 40.00% (-20.00%)
  11/04/2008 MS US Senate Won 61.44% (+22.87%)
  03/11/2008 MS US Senate - R Primary Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  01/03/2007 Seat 02 Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  01/28/2003 Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry Chair Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/05/2002 MS US Senate Won 84.58% (+69.16%)
  11/05/1996 MS US Senate Won 71.03% (+43.65%)
  06/12/1996 Majority Leader Lost 15.38% (-69.23%)
  03/12/1996 MS US Senate- R Primary Won 95.35% (+90.71%)
  01/03/1991 US Senate Republican Conference Chair Won 51.16% (+2.33%)
  11/06/1990 MS US Senate Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  01/03/1989 US Senate Republican Conference Vice Chair Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/06/1984 MS US Senate Won 60.94% (+21.88%)
  12/27/1978 MS US Senate Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/07/1978 MS US Senate Won 45.29% (+13.51%)
  06/06/1978 MS US Senate - R Primary Won 68.97% (+37.94%)
  11/02/1976 MS District 04 Won 76.04% (+54.44%)
  11/05/1974 MS District 04 Won 70.55% (+42.06%)
  06/04/1974 MS District 4 - R Primary Won 98.57% (+97.14%)
  11/07/1972 MS District 4 Won 47.86% (+3.90%)
ENDORSEMENTS
US Secretary of the Interior - Apr 10, 2013 D Sally Jewell
US Secretary of Defense - Feb 26, 2013 R Chuck Hagel
US Secretary of Defense - Feb 26, 2013 R Chuck Hagel
MS US President - R Primary - Mar 13, 2012 R Mitt Romney
US President - R Primary - Jan 03, 2012 R Mitt Romney
Solicitor General of the United States - Jun 06, 2011 D Donald B. Verrilli, Jr.
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Aug 05, 2010 NPA Reject
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Aug 06, 2009 NPA Reject
US Attorney General - Feb 02, 2009 NPA Reject
MS District 1 - R Runoff - Apr 01, 2008 R Glenn L. McCullough, Jr.
US President - R Primaries - Jun 03, 2008 R Fred Thompson
US President - R Primaries - Jun 03, 2008 R Mitt Romney
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Jan 31, 2006 R Samuel A. Alito, Jr.
Supreme Court - Chief Justice - Sep 29, 2005 R John G. Roberts, Jr.
MS State Senate 29 Special Election - Feb 10, 2004 R Richard G. White
Second Circuit Court Judge - Oct 02, 1998 I Sonia Sotomayor
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Jul 29, 1994 D Stephen G. Breyer
U.S. Surgeon General - Sep 07, 1993 NPA Reject
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Aug 03, 1993 D Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Oct 15, 1991 R Clarence Thomas
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Oct 02, 1990 R David H. Souter
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Feb 03, 1988 R Anthony M. Kennedy
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Oct 23, 1987 R Robert H. Bork
Supreme Court - Chief Justice - Sep 17, 1986 R William H. Rehnquist
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Sep 17, 1986 R Antonin Scalia
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Sep 21, 1981 R Sandra Day O'Connor