Sen. Thad Cochran

Senator from Mississippi, Republican

Cochran, a Republican, has been a senator from Mississippi since Jan 15, 1979 (next election in 2020).

He was previously the representative for Mississippi's 4th congressional district (1973-1978).

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Our unique analysis of the bills Cochran has sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the Senate.

Each dot in the chart below is a member of the Senate. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Cochran is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

2015 Statistics

Read our 2015 Report Card for Cochran for more statistics.

Committee Membership

Thad Cochran sits on the following committees:

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Cochran sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Public Lands and Natural Resources (27%) Health (27%) Economics and Public Finance (18%) Armed Forces and National Security (9%) Education (9%) Transportation and Public Works (9%)

Recent Bills

Some of Cochran’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Cochran’s Vote Vote Description
Yea H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed.
Yea S. 2943: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017
Jun 14, 2016. Bill Passed.
Yea On the Nomination PN1152: John B. King, of New York, to be Secretary of Education
Mar 14, 2016. Nomination Confirmed.
Yea H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Dec 3, 2015. Conference Report Agreed to.
Yea H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Jul 30, 2015. Bill Passed.
Yea On the Nomination PN4: Loretta E. Lynch, of New York, to be Attorney General
Apr 23, 2015. Nomination Confirmed.

Missed Votes

From Feb 1979 to Dec 2016, Cochran missed 479 of 13,283 roll call votes, which is 3.6%. This is worse than the median of 1.8% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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