Another Republican Lawmaker Calls It Quit: Report
Republican Senator Thad Cochran announced that he will be resigning come April 1, according to the Associated Press.
BREAKING: Sen. Thad Cochran, a Republican from Mississippi, says he will resign April 1.
— The Associated Press (@AP) March 5, 2018
According to ABC News, Cochran, who currently chairs the Senate Committee on Appropriations, cited health problems as the reason for his resignation.
JUST IN: Sen. Thad Cochran to retire from the Senate on April 1, 2018, due to health challenges: "My hope is by making this announcement now, a smooth transition can be ensured." pic.twitter.com/E4F6JaLvyM
— ABC News (@ABC) March 5, 2018
The 80-year-old Cochran cites health problems that forced him to stay home for a month last fall. Cochran says in a statement that he will fulfill his responsibilities to Mississippi and the Senate "through the completion of the 2018 appropriations cycle."
— Matthew Daly (@MatthewDalyWDC) March 5, 2018
“I regret my health has become an ongoing challenge. I intend to fulfill my responsibilities and commitments to the people of Mississippi and the Senate through the completion of the 2018 appropriations cycle, after which I will formally retire from the U.S. Senate,” Cochran wrote in a statement.
“It has been a great honor to serve the people of Mississippi and our country,” he said. “I’ve done my best to make decisions in the best interests of our nation, and my beloved state. My top concern has always been my constituents in Mississippi. My hope is by making this announcement now, a smooth transition can be ensured so their voice will continue to be heard in Washington, D.C. My efforts, and those of my staff, to assist them will continue and transfer to my successor.”