Senate Appropriations Committee chairman to resign

Senator Thad Cochran a Republican from Mississippi walks to a Senate Republicans meeting at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. U.S. on Monday Jan. 22 2017. The Senate moved to end the U.S. government shutdown after three days by advancing a tempor

Senator Thad Cochran a Republican from Mississippi walks to a Senate Republicans meeting at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. U.S. on Monday Jan. 22 2017. The Senate moved to end the U.S. government shutdown after three days by advancing a tempor

"My top concern has always been my constituents in Mississippi", Cochran said in the statement.

Cochran is chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations.

When Cochran was first elected to the Senate in 1978, he became the first Republican in more than 100 years to win a statewide election in Mississippi.

Former U.S. Representative and Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Mike Espy confirmed to WLBT-TV Monday that he intends to run for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Thad Cochran. "My efforts, and those of my staff, to assist them will continue and transfer to my successor".

Longtime Senate aides, who observed Cochran regularly, noted privately that the senator seemed to have slowed down mentally in recent years but they acknowledge it's hard to tell to what degree.

According to state law, the remainder of Cochran's term, which expires in 2020, will be filled by a nonpartisan special election in conjunction with the regularly scheduled general election.

Bryant could chose to appoint himself to the seat - and President Donald Trump and McConnell have reportedly asked him about it - but local reports last month suggested the governor wasn't interested. "I had heard about this back in the fall because of the Wicker vs. McDaniel battle was he going to resign earlier, allowing McDaniel to take that seat?"

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"The control of the U.S. Senate may ride on it", White said. Republican Senator Roger Wicker is already running for re-election this November.

Soon after Cochran announced his retirement, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said, "Sen".

McDaniel says his prayers are with the senator and his family.

Cochran said he hoped for a "smooth transition" of political power in Mississippi. Time Magazine dubbed him "The Quiet Persuader" for his behind the scenes consensus building in the Senate.

"Throughout all of this time, from our time working together on the Agriculture Committee to the Appropriations Committee, I knew I could trust Thad because he is a man of his word, " Leahy said Monday.

With Cochran's departure, MS has two U.S. Senate seats on the ballot this year. "It'll be exciting to see who is actually going to be appointed to that position".

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