WASHINGTON, D.C. (WMC) - Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) announced his intention to resign from the U.S. Senate effective April 1.
Cochran currently serves as chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations.
He released this statement Monday announcing his resignation:
Cochran was first elected to the Senate in 1978, becoming the first Republican in more than 100 years to win a statewide election in Mississippi.
He is the tenth-longest serving Senator in U.S. history and previously served three terms in House of Representatives.
Cochran's term was supposed to last until 2020. Gov. Phil Bryant will have 10 days from the time Cochran formally resigns to appoint someone to fill the seat.
Bryant released the following statement about Cochran's pending resignation:
Lt. Governor Tate Reeves released a statement saying:
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement regarding Senator Thad Cochran's retirement announcement: