Thad Cochran

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Credit cards: Reforms are overdue - Jackson Clarion Ledger
Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker voted in support of the bill. Limited interest rate hikes: Interest rate hikes on existing card balances would be allowed only under limited conditions, such as when a promotional rate ends, there is a variable rate or if...
USM cyber-security program gets $1.4 million - Hattiesburg American
Thad Cochran announced today. “Cyber-warfare and cyber-terrorism are a growing threat,” Cochran said. “I am pleased the Department of Homeland Security has recognized the University of Southern Mississippi's expertise in coordinating cyber security...
County eyes water project to benefit Rentech - Natchez Democrat
Thad Cochran's office for $1.2 million in grants for a feasibility study. While Korn said he did not know how Cochran's office would chose to allocate that money, he felt funding for the feasibility study would likely go to Mississippi Sate University...
Corinth historic site to open - SunHerald.com (registration)
Thad Cochran and Mississippi Supreme Court Presiding Justice James E. Graves Jr. are scheduled to speak at Saturday's event at the Contraband Camp located at the Corinth battlefield site. Contraband camps were places where former slaves escaped to live...
Coast Guard to cut ribbon for Gulfport station - Picayune Item
AP Adm. Thad Allen, commandant of the Coast Guard, and US Sen. Thad Cochran are among the dignitaries scheduled to attend the ribbon-cutting. The new station replaces one damaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The $17 million facility includes 26000...
Cochran clears way for Mabus confirmation - Vicksburg Post
Thad Cochran, a Mississippi Republican, of former Gov. Ray Mabus, a Democrat. Mabus was appearing before the Senate as President Barack Obama's nominee for Secretary of the Navy. After listing Mabus' summa cum laude degree from Ole Miss and magna cum...
Petal schools pay tribute to Hutto - Hattiesburg American
More than200 people celebrated the 40 plus years of educational work given by Hutto on May 4 at the Thad Cochran Center at his retirement banquet. Hutto's official last day won't be until June 30, but well-wishers turned out to give him a proper...
Jackson fest aids PRIYDE scholarship - Jackson Clarion Ledger
An Out of School Summer Festival to raise scholarship funds is set for 8 am to 4 pm Saturday in the parking lot of the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center. The Perico Institute of Youth Development and Entrepreneurship, a mall tenant,...
Mabus: Excellent choice for the Navy - Jackson Clarion Ledger
More important for Mississippi, he understands this state's role in shipbuilding and defense. The former Democratic governor is supported by both Republican US Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker. Mabus is an excellent choice for secretary of the Navy...
City must pay attention to Forks - Natchez Democrat
Thad Cochran's generated $144000 for the city to study its Forks triangle piece property relative to being eligible to be included in the NNHP boundary, which has taken several years and still is not in? What about the city going ahead with building...

Thad Cochran

Thad Cochran

William Thad Cochran (born December 7, 1937 in Pontotoc, Mississippi) is the senior United States Senator from Mississippi, and is a member of the Republican Party. In April 2006, he was selected by Time as one of "America's 10 Best Senators." In March 2009 his former aide, Ann Copland, pleaded guilty to swapping legislative favors for event tickets and other gifts from lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Copland worked for Cochran for 29 years. Cochran has not been indited of any charges in connection to Jack Abramoff.

He was born in Pontotoc, Mississippi, to William Holmes Cochran and Emma Grace (nee Berry), a school principal and a teacher, respectively. Cochran earned Eagle Scout as a youth and was awarded the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award as an adult. He graduated from Byram High School near Jackson and received a B.A. degree from the University of Mississippi with a major in psychology and a minor in political science in 1959. There he joined the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity and was on the cheerleading squad with fellow senator Trent Lott. After a time in the United States Navy (1959–1961), he attended the University of Mississippi School of Law, was elected to the Phi Kappa Phi honor society and graduated in 1965. He then practiced law for seven years. He married Rose Clayton on June 6, 1964; the couple has two children.

In 1972, Congressman Charles H. Griffin of Mississippi's 3rd congressional district decided not to run for a third full term. Cochran won the Republican nomination for the Jackson-based district, which was renumbered as Mississippi's 4th congressional district after redistricting. A factor in Cochran's victory was the strong Republican showing in that year's presidential election, in which Nixon won 49 of 50 states, and 78 percent of Mississippi's popular vote. That year, Cochran and Trent Lott (who later served alongside him in the U.S. Senate) became the second and third Republicans to represent Mississippi in the House of Representatives since Reconstruction. Cochran was handily reelected in 1974, a year in which anger over the Watergate scandal caused several Republicans to lose their seats. He was reelected by an even larger margin in 1976.

In 1978, Cochran, running for the U.S. Senate in the wake of James Eastland's decision not not to run for re-election, then defeated Democrat Maurice Dantin and independent candidate Charles Evers. This made him the first Republican to win a statewide election in Mississippi since Reconstruction. Evers, the brother of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers, may have siphoned off many black votes that would have otherwise gone to Dantin.

When Eastland resigned two days after Christmas, Cochran was appointed to the seat by governor Cliff Finch and started his Senate career a week early. He handily defeated Governor William Winter in 1984, was unopposed in 1990, reelected with over 70 percent of the vote in 1996 and faced no major-party opposition in 2002. He won reelection in 2008 by a wide margin over Erik Fleming; assuming Cochran completes his current term, he will pass Eastland as the second-longest serving Senator in Mississippi's history. Until 1989, Cochran served alongside longtime Democrat John Stennis. From 1989 to 2008, he served alongside fellow Republican Lott; since 2008 his Senate colleague has been Republican Roger Wicker.

Senator Cochran might be characterized as a "moderate conservative", as evidenced by his 2006 rating of 67 from the American Conservative Union; the only Republican Senator from a Southern state to score lower was John Warner of Virginia. He has maintained a lower national profile than conventional wisdom would suggest for a five-term Senator. This stands in marked contrast to Eastland, Stennis and Lott.

Cochran served as chairman of the Senate Republican Conference (caucus) from 1991 to 1996, and is its only former chair currently in the Senate; he chaired the Senate Agriculture Committee from 2003 to 2005. In 2005, he was appointed as chairman of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, making him the first Republican from a former Confederate state to chair the committee. He is currently that committee's ranking Republican.

On July 18, 2006, Cochran voted, along with 19 Republican Senators, for the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act to lift restrictions on federal funding for the research.

In 2005 he was one of nine senators who voted against the Detainee Treatment Act of 2005, which prohibited "inhumane treatment of prisoners, including prisoners at Guantanamo Bay". The others, all Republicans, were Wayne Allard, Kit Bond, Tom Coburn, Jeff Sessions, Jim Inhofe, Pat Roberts, John Cornyn and Ted Stevens; all are considerably more conservative than Cochran.

Cochran sought another term in the Senate, and as of 2007 was not expected to face serious opposition. Then, later in the campaign Erik R. Fleming (a former Mississippi state senator) won the Democratic nomination and went on against Cochran. On November 5, 2008, Cochran won by a landslide with over 61% of the vote against Fleming (D) with only 38% of the vote.

Cochran originally endorsed Fred Thompson for President; however, in light of Thompson's withdrawal, he endorsed former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney for president. When Romney dropped out of the race, Cochran endorsed Senator John McCain, who lost the general election campaign to Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.

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Thad Cochran Center

The Thad Cochran Center is the newest building on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi. It is the epicenter for most activities that take place on the campus. While considered an expansion of the R.C Cook Student Union rather than a new building, the Cochran Center sports some rather large upgrades. The Cochran Center is named after Senator Thad Cochran due to his large role in securing the government funds for construction. The center is 4 stories tall and sports many nice amenities. The Cochran Center provides meeting spaces for student organizations as well as off campus groups. The second phase of construction is set to begin soon, with the opening of a theatre on the second floor of the complex. The ground level or basement section of the building will be the new home of the universities post office. It is also home to the offices of Aramark who is in charge of providing the dining for the university. The first floor features the Fresh Food Company the schools cafeteria as well as the largest Barnes and Noble in the southeast. The final touch on the first floor is the mural "University Bounty" painted by a Southern Miss art instructor. The second floor features mostly meeting space as well as the textbooks section of Barnes and Noble. The third floor houses the 3 ballrooms. Each room may be used individually or may be combined to form the Grand Ballroom.

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Trent Lott

United States Senate

Chester Trent Lott Sr. (born October 9, 1941 in Grenada, Mississippi) is a former United States Senator from Mississippi and a member of the Republican Party. He has served in numerous leadership positions in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, including House Minority Whip, Senate Majority Leader, Senate Minority Leader, and Senate Minority Whip. Lott is the first person to have served as whip in both houses of Congress.

On December 20, 2002, after significant controversy following what were viewed as racist comments regarding Strom Thurmond's presidential candidacy, Lott resigned as Senate Majority Leader in the Senate. In December 2007, he resigned from the Senate entirely and became a Washington-based lobbyist. Lott's resignation from the Senate came just two days before the federal indictment of his brother-in-law trial lawyer Richard Scruggs. Scruggs plead guilty to conspiring to bribe a Mississippi Judge by promising him a federal judgeship appointment using his influence over Lott. Lott ruled out any health concerns affecting his resignation. At a press conference on December 31, 2007, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour appointed Roger Wicker to fill temporarily the Senate seat vacated by Lott. On November 4, 2008, a special election Senate race was held to replace him. He was succeeded in office by Republican Roger Wicker.

Lott was born in Grenada, Mississippi. He is of English, Irish, and Cherokee ancestry. His father, Chester Paul Lott, was a shipyard worker; his mother, Iona Watson, was a schoolteacher. He attended college at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, where he obtained an undergraduate degree in public administration in 1963 and a law degree in 1967. He served as a Field Representative for Ole Miss and was president of his fraternity, Sigma Nu. Lott was also an Ole Miss cheerleader, coincidentally on the same team with U.S. Senator Thad Cochran. He married Patricia Thompson on December 27, 1964. The couple has two children: Chester Trent "Chet" Lott, Jr., and Tyler Lott.

Lott was raised as a Democrat. He served as administrative assistant to House Rules Committee chairman William M. Colmer, also of Pascagoula, from 1968 to 1972.

In 1972, Colmer, one of the most conservative Democrats in the House, announced his retirement after 40 years in Congress. He endorsed Lott as his successor in Mississippi's 5th District, located in the state's southwestern tip, even though Lott ran as a Republican. Lott won handily.

Lott's party switch was part of a growing trend in the South. During the 1960s, cracks had begun to appear in the Democrats' "Solid South", as many whites, motivated in part by the national Democratic Party's stance on African American civil rights, began to switch parties. For example, 1964 Republican nominee Barry Goldwater carried Mississippi by winning an unheard-of 87 percent of the popular vote even as he was routed nationally.

It is very likely that Lott would have won even without Colmer's endorsement, as in that year's presidential election, Richard Nixon won reelection in a massive landslide. Nixon won 49 states and 78 percent of Mississippi's popular vote. Lott and his future Senate colleague, Thad Cochran (also elected to Congress that year), were only the second and third Republicans elected to Congress from Mississippi since Reconstruction. Lott's strong showing in the polls landed him on the powerful House Judiciary Committee as a freshman, where he voted against all three articles of impeachment drawn up against Richard Nixon during the committee's debate. After Nixon released the infamous "Smoking Gun" transcripts (which proved Nixon's involvement in the Watergate cover-up), however, Lott announced that he would vote to impeach Nixon when the articles came up for debate before the full House (as did the other Republicans who voted against impeachment in committee).

Three months later, in November 1974, Lott and Cochran became the first Republicans re-elected to Congress from Mississippi since Reconstruction, in both cases by blowout margins. Lott was re-elected six more times without much difficulty, and even ran unopposed in 1978. He served as House Minority Whip (the second-ranking Republican in the House) from 1981 to 1989; he was the first Southern Republican to hold such a high leadership position.

Lott ran for the Senate in 1988, after 42-year incumbent John Stennis announced he would not run for another term. He defeated Democratic 4th District Congressman Wayne Dowdy by almost eight points. He has never faced another contest nearly that close. He was re-elected in 1994, 2000, and 2006 with no substantive Democratic opposition. He gave some thought to retirement for much of 2005, however, after Hurricane Katrina, he announced on January 17, 2006 that he would run for a fourth term.

He became Senate Majority Whip when the Republicans took control of the Senate in 1995, succeeding as Majority Leader in 1996 when Bob Dole resigned from the Senate to focus on his presidential campaign. As majority leader, Lott had a major role in the Senate trial following the impeachment of Bill Clinton. After the House narrowly voted to impeach Clinton, Lott proceeded with the Senate trial in early 1999, despite criticisms that the Republicans were far short of the two-thirds majority required under the Constitution to convict Clinton and remove him from office. He later agreed to a decision to suspend the proceedings after the Senate voted not to convict Clinton.

After the 2000 elections produced a 50-50 partisan split in the Senate, Vice President Al Gore's tie-breaking vote gave the Democrats the majority from January 3 to January 20, 2001, when the George W. Bush administration took office and Vice President Dick Cheney's tie-breaking vote gave the Republicans the majority once again. Later in 2001, he became Senate Minority Leader again after Vermont senator Jim Jeffords became an independent and caucused with the Democrats, allowing them to regain the majority. He was due to become majority leader again in early 2003 after Republican gains in the November 2002 elections. Shortly after the Strom Thurmond controversy, however (see below), he resigned from his leadership positions.

Since he lost the Majority Leader post, Lott was less visible on the national scene while breaking with some standard conversative positions. He battled with President Bush over military base closures in his home state. He showed support for passenger rail initiatives, notably his 2006 bipartisan introduction, with Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey, of legislation to provide 80 percent federal matching grants to intercity rail and guarantee adequate funding for Amtrak. On July 18, 2006, Lott voted with 19 Republican senators for the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act to lift restrictions on federal funding for the research. On November 15, 2006 Lott regained a leadership position in the Senate, when he was named Minority Whip after defeating Lamar Alexander of Tennessee 24-23.

Lott faced no Republican opposition in the race. State representative Erik Fleming placed first of four candidates in the June Democratic primary, but did not receive the 50 percent of the vote required to earn the party's nomination. He and second-place finisher Bill Bowlin faced off in a runoff on June 27, and Fleming won with 65% of the vote. Fleming, however, was not regarded as a serious opponent, and Lott handily defeated him with 64% of the vote.

On November 26, 2007, Lott announced that he would resign his Senate seat by the end of 2007. According to CNN, his resignation was at least partly due to the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act, which forbids lawmakers from lobbying for two years after leaving office. Those who leave by the end of 2007 are covered by the previous law, which demands a wait of only one year. In his resignation press conference, Lott said that the new law had no influence in his decision to resign.

Lott's resignation became effective at 11:30 p.m. on December 18, 2007. On January 7, 2008 it was announced that Lott and former Senator John Breaux of Louisiana, a Democrat, opened their lobbying firm about a block from the White House.

In 1998, Lott caused some controversy in Congress when as a guest on the Armstrong Williams television show, he equated homosexuality to alcoholism, kleptomania and sex addiction. When Williams, a conservative talk show host, asked Lott whether homosexuality was a sin, Lott replied, "Yes, it is." Lott's stance against homosexuality was disconcerting to some members of the public, who argued that his views were discriminatory.

Thurmond had based his presidential campaign largely on an explicit racial segregation platform. Lott had attracted controversy before in issues relating to civil rights. As a Congressman, he voted against renewal of the Voting Rights Act, voted against the continuation of the Civil Rights Act and opposed the Martin Luther King Holiday. The Washington Post reported that Lott had made similar comments about Thurmond's candidacy in a 1980 rally. Lott gave an interview with Black Entertainment Television explaining himself and repudiating Thurmond's former views.

Lott wrote a memoir entitled Herding Cats: A Life in Politics. In the book, Lott spoke out on the infamous Strom Thurmond birthday party gaffe, former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, and about his feelings of betrayal toward the Tennessee senator, claiming "If Frist had not announced exactly when he did, as the fire was about to burn out, I would still be majority leader of the Senate today." He also described former Democratic Leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota as trustworthy. He also reveals that then-President Bush, then-Secretary of State Colin Powell, and other GOP leaders played a major role in ending his career as Senate Republican Leader.

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Erik R. Fleming

Erik Robert Fleming (born February 2, 1965 in Chicago, Illinois) was a member of the Mississippi House of Representatives representing the 72nd District (which includes parts of Hinds and Madison counties) from 1999 to 2008. He was the Democratic nominee for one of the state's two U.S. Senate seats. He faced incumbent Republican Thad Cochran in the November 4, 2008 general election, and was defeated.

Fleming was born in Chicago, Illinois to Joan and Robert Fleming, and attended Lindblom Technical High School. He majored in political science at Jackson State University, became a brother of Alpha Phi Omega while there, and graduated in 1987. Fleming worked with Mississippi Governor Ray Mabus in his 1987 campaign and Mike Parker in his campaign for the U.S. Congress in 1988.

Fleming is the father of one son, Sean Christopher. He is also the stepfather of two boys, Kenneth and James Brown. Fleming attends Epiphany (formerly St. Philip) Lutheran Church and is a member of several organizations and boards, including the NAACP, the SCLC, the Mississippi Faith-Based Coalition for Community Renewal, the Mississippi Families for Kids, and the Jackson State University National Alumni Association.

Fleming was first elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives in a January 1999 special election to finish the unexpired term of Tomie Green. He represented the 72nd District (which includes parts of Hinds and Madison counties) from 1999 to 2008. He was defeated in the 2007 primary by Kimberly Campbell, succeeded him in January 2008.

Fleming ran against incumbent U.S. Senator Trent Lott in the November 2006 election. There were four candidates In the June 6, 2006 Democratic primary; top two finishers were Fleming, who received 44 percent, and Hickory Flat business consultant Bill Bowlin, who received 22 percent. In the June 27 runoff between Fleming and Bowlin, Fleming received 65 percent. Fleming lost to Lott in the general election.

Fleming served as President of the Young Democrats of Mississippi (1991-92), Chair of the Hinds County Democratic Executive Committee (1996-99), National Committeeman of The Young Democrats of America (1993-95), and as campaign manager for the Henry J. Kirksey for Mayor Campaign (1993).

At one time Fleming expressed support for political activist Lyndon LaRouche, but has denounced him several times since.

Currently, Fleming is unemployed. He worked previously as a paralegal for the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance, an abstinence educator with the Mississippi Community Development Corporation, a non-profit agency located in his legislative district. Fleming has also served as chief operating officer for New Horizon Ministries, Inc., a non-profit agency in Jackson.

Fleming won the Mississippi primary for the Democratic Party nomination and then went on and faced Senator Thad Cochran in Mississippi's November 2008 Senate election. Senator Cochran won by a landslide with over 61% of the vote and Fleming got only 38% of the vote.

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Source : Wikipedia