PINE BELT (WDAM) - Thad Cochran officially retired from the U.S. Senate on Easter Sunday after serving us well since 1978. He is the 10th-longest serving senator in U.S. history and also served three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Cochran has been a champion for Mississippi and played a significant role in securing resources to help Mississippi rebuild after Hurricane Katrina. We thank Senator Cochran for his service and dedication to our state and offer him best wishes for a wonderful retirement. Gov. Phil Bryant has appointed state Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith to fill the senate seat until we have a special election on Nov. 6. She becomes Mississippi's first ever female senator and was also Mississippi's first female agriculture commissioner. She has a track record of leading the way.
The senate seat held by Roger Wicker will also be on the general ballot in the upcoming election cycle, so Mississippi will elect two senators this year. That doesn't happen very often.
It is an understatement to say it will be an interesting campaign cycle between now and November.
Consider This: Here are some pointers for helping Mississippi elect the best people to serve our state during the upcoming elections:
1. Make sure you are registered to vote so you can participate in this historic election.
2. Inform yourself of who the candidates are for each of the vacant seats up for grabs.
3. Listen, read and learn where each candidate stands on the critical issues.
4. Be sure to vote on Election Day.