Sen. Thad Cochran Announces Apr. 1 Resignation

Sen. Thad Cochran Announces Apr. 1 Resignation

"Senator Cochran departs with our congratulations and gratitude for so many years of honorable and distinguished service, from his time as a Navy officer to almost four decades in the Senate, and our warmest wishes for his retirement", McConnell said. Roger Wicker. Two Democrats also qualified for that race - State Representative David Baria from Bay St. Louis and businessman Howard Sherman, husband of actress Sela Ward.

"In a statement later Monday, McDaniel wished Cochran the best and said he is focused on his campaign against Wicker".

According to Mississippi Code 1972, Sec.

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant (R) will be tasked with tapping an interim Senator to fill Cochran's seat.

Cochran (or his handlers) may, however, have also been playing some MS politics, delaying the announcement until after the March 1 qualifying deadline for the 2018 elections.

Cochran, of quiet stately demeanor and known for playing piano to relax in his office, has been called "Gentleman Thad" by his peers in Congress.

Well wishes from across the state and nation are already coming in to honor Cochran's long history of public service. Though Bryant has not yet named who will be his choice, several names are making the rounds which include Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the Bradenton Herald reported.

"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. Until now, the Republican senator had said he meant to remain in Congress until the end of his term in 2020. Six Democrats, including two state lawmakers, qualified to run in the Wicker seat. Is McDaniel going to stick with that race, knowing from painful experience how hard it is to unseat an incumbent, or will he now switch to the race for Cochran's open seat?

Wicker is now facing a primary challenge from state Senator Chris McDaniel, who is running to the right of the incumbent. McDaniel has never conceded his lost to Cochran. Chris McDaniel, but then narrowly won the primary runoff later that month.

Cochran missed weeks of work last fall because of recurring medical issues.

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