Former Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran dies at 81

Former Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran dies at 81

Former Sen. Thad Cochran, a Republican who represented Mississippi in Congress for more than four decades, died Thursday at age 81. A cause of death was not immediately disclosed. Cochran used his influence atop the Appropriations Committee to steer billions to his home state especially after it was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

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