Guest Speaker


The Honorable Thad Cochran 












Thad Cochran is the senior United States Senator from the State of Mississippi.

He was elected to the Senate in 1978 and has been re-elected with landslide margins five times.

Senator Cochran is the ranking Republican member of the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.  He is also senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and is the vice chairman on the Subcommittee on Defense.  The Senator also serves as a member of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, as well as the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution. 

Thad Cochran earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Mississippi and studied international law for a year under a Rotary Foundation Fellowship at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.  He has been awarded honorary degrees from five other colleges and universities.

Before his election to Congress in 1972, Senator Cochran practiced law in Jackson, Mississippi; and he served as an officer in the U.S. Navy.