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Sen. Thad Cochran

Former Senator for Mississippi

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Cochran was a senator from Mississippi and was a Republican. He served from 1979 to 2018.

He was previously the representative for Mississippi’s 4th congressional district as a Republican from 1973 to 1978.

Photo of Sen. Thad Cochran [R-MS, 1979-2018]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2017 Report Card for Cochran.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Cochran is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2019 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Cochran sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2013 to Jan 2, 2019. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Cochran was the primary sponsor of 55 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 55 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Cochran sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Economics and Public Finance (28%) Health (28%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (22%) Transportation and Public Works (11%) Armed Forces and National Security (11%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Cochran recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Cochran voted Yea

Bill Passed 72/26 on Sep 28, 2016.

The Continuing Appropriations and Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017, and Zika Response and Preparedness Act (H.R. 5325) is an appropriations …

Cochran voted Yea

Cochran voted Yea

Conference Report Agreed to 83/16 on Dec 3, 2015.

H.R 22, formerly the Hire More Heroes Act, has become the Senate’s vehicle for passage of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the …

Cochran voted Yea

Cochran voted Yea

Joint Resolution Passed 78/22 on Sep 18, 2014.

Cochran voted Yea

Cochran voted Yea

Cochran voted Yea

Motion Agreed to 81/19 on Dec 15, 2010.

The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111–312, H.R. 4853, 124 Stat. 3296, enacted December 17, 2010), also known …

Cochran voted Yea

Conference Report Agreed to 62/38 on Sep 30, 2009.

Cochran voted Nay

Bill Passed 74/25 on Oct 1, 2008.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of economic stimulus relief during the 2008 financial crisis as well as other unrelated provisions. It was the …

Cochran voted Nay

Motion Agreed to 83/14 on Aug 2, 2007.

The Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007 (Pub.L. 110–81, 121 Stat. 735, enacted September 14, 2007) is a law of the United States …

Missed Votes

From Feb 1979 to Mar 2018, Cochran missed 516 of 13,675 roll call votes, which is 3.8%. This is much worse than the median of 1.5% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Mar 2018. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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