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Sen. Thad Cochran

Senator from Mississippi, Republican

Cochran, a Republican, is a senator from Mississippi and has served 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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Photo of Sen. Thad Cochran [R-MS]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2016 Report Card for Cochran.

Sponsorship Analysis

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)

Committee Membership

Thad Cochran sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Cochran was the primary sponsor of 53 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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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 about one third or more 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 sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Public Lands and Natural Resources (30%) Health (26%) Economics and Public Finance (17%) Education (9%) Transportation and Public Works (9%) Armed Forces and National Security (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 72/26.
Yea On the Nomination PN1152: John B. King, of New York, to be Secretary of Education
Mar 14, 2016. Nomination Confirmed 49/40.
Yea H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Dec 3, 2015. Conference Report Agreed to 83/16.
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 Economy Act or DRIVE Act (S. 1647). The DRIVE Act is a major bipartisan transportation bill that would authorize funding ...
Yea On the Nomination PN4: Loretta E. Lynch, of New York, to be Attorney General
Apr 23, 2015. Nomination Confirmed 56/43.
Yea H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 18, 2014. Joint Resolution Passed 78/22.
Yea H.R. 4853 (111th): Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010
Dec 15, 2010. Motion Agreed to 81/19.
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 as the 2010 Tax Relief Act, was passed by the United States Congress on December 16, 2010, and signed into ...
Yea H.R. 3288 (111th): Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010
Dec 13, 2009. Conference Report Agreed to 57/35.
Yea H.R. 2918 (111th): Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2010
Sep 30, 2009. Conference Report Agreed to 62/38.
Nay H.R. 1424 (110th): Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act of 2007
Oct 1, 2008. Bill Passed 74/25.
This is the Senate's October 2008 Economic Stimulus Relief Bill. This bill was originally introduced in March 2007 and passed the House as the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008. In October 2008, it was co-opted as the so-called "vehicle" to pass the relief bill ...

Missed Votes

From Feb 1979 to Aug 2017, Cochran missed 479 of 13,474 roll call votes, which is 3.6%. This is much worse than the median of 1.4% 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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