Chairman of Senate Committee on Appropriations Announces Retirement

Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) announced last week that he will retire from the U.S. Senate on April 1 for health reasons.

Elected in 1978, Cochran is chairman of the powerful Senate Committee on Appropriations. His retirement will lead to two Senate races in Mississippi this fall, as his colleague Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) is also up for reelection. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant will appoint a temporary replacement for Cochran until a special election in Nov.

As for his Chairmanship, the position will be filled by Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) who told The New York Times “It would be a great honor, but I’m not there yet,”  adding, “I would be interested at the proper time.”