Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 33
Senator Thad Cochran
on His Retirement
Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi was recently praised by his Senate colleagues
for his long, devoted service to this nation. Senator Cochran had previously announced his
retirement from the United States Senate, effective April 1, 2018.
Senator Cochran honorably served Mississippi in the U.S. Senate and the House of
Representatives for 46 years. Throughout that period, he held many leadership posts, including
serving as the Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Senate Agriculture
Committee. Throughout his entire life, in his posts as an Eagle Scout, naval officer or statesman,
Thad Cochran always stepped up to serve others.
On the Senate floor, many of his colleagues gave their final public tributes. Some of the
resounding remarks and repeated descriptions included describing him as the quiet persuader,
gentile Southerner, the man with unquestionable honor and integrity and the man who was
always true to his word.
Let us reflect on the character and decency of this fine man. His dignity and moral fiber are
the qualities that this nation longs for in its leaders and are the same virtues we attempt to instill
in our children.
Throughout his public service, he was and continues to be a champion for rural America. His
work and vision have benefited the quality of life for millions of rural Americans, even though
most will not know his name or the positions he held, or even how they benefitted. No man has
ever practiced the art of politics and public policy to benefit so many others without regard for
personal recognition than Senator Cochran.
As a national organization, we can testify that thousands of rural communities and millions of
individuals across this nation now have access to safe, clean and affordable water directly from
his efforts for 46 years.
In a time when many Americans have doubts and low opinions of Congress, let us hope
that more elected officials now and in the future will follow the example that Senator Cochran
practiced each day in his service to this nation. National Rural Water Association-and the entire
nation-owes a tremendous debt of gratitude for his service. Senator Cochran has fought the
good fight, he has finished. ●