May 30 2019
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., today released the following statement after learning of the passing of U.S. Senator Thad Cochran, R-Miss., who represented Mississippi in Congress for more than 45 years:
“Thad Cochran was a giant in the United States Senate and one of the greatest champions Mississippi has ever known. He was also a dear personal friend for decades. My wife, Gayle, and I extend our heartfelt condolences to the Cochran family at this time.
“When Thad Cochran left the Senate, I was reminded of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, who wrote, “Lives of great men all remind us we can make our lives sublime, and departing leave behind us footprints on the sands of time.”
“Thad Cochran’s footprints are all around us. From his career in the Navy through his retirement in 2018, his life was marked by service to this country.
“The American economy is experiencing historic growth today in no small part because of the foundations laid by Thad Cochran. Our nation’s military is stronger, groundbreaking federal research continues to advance, our citizens are healthier, and rural and agricultural communities from the Mississippi Delta all across this country are more vibrant.
“I am grateful and honored to have known him, learned from him, and been his friend. America is a better country because of Thad Cochran.”