Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi has spent over 40 years in Washington. His first stint was in the House of Representatives from 1973 to 1978. After being elected to the U.S. Senate in 1978 he has been a long-standing member of both the Agriculture and Appropriations Committees. He currently serves as Chairman of the Appropriations Committee and sits on the Rules & Administration Committee. Before he was elected to Congress, Thad Cochran served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy.
Although a Republican, Cochran has always worked closely with Democrats to expand federal government and to increase spending. In Washington he is regarded as a big-time pork barrel spender; so much so that he has often been referred to as the “King of Pork.”
Cochran does not take stands for the issues that make up the very core of the conservative movement. This has been evident in his willingness to consistently vote to bail out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, his unwillingness to support conservatives against Obamacare, and in voting for amnesty for illegal aliens.
As a member of the Appropriations Committee, Senator Cochran has consistently opposed welfare reform and has dissented from conservatives on tax cuts. He even attacked his conservative primary challenger, Chris McDaniel, for supporting an essentially foundational GOP fiscal agenda.
Cochran has been disappointingly liberal on issues such as guns, abortion, and immigration. This is coming from a Senator from a socially conservative state like Mississippi. Cochran has betrayed conservative voters on many social issues, such as his support for embryonic stem cell research and as well as taxpayer-subsidized abortions.
Despite being a military veteran, Cochran has consistently supported treaties that weaken U.S. standing in the world, and he has opposed efforts to hold the U.N. and Iran accountable.
Over the course of more than 40 years in Washington, Senator Cochran has cast numerous liberal votes and has led liberal initiatives on fiscal, social, and national security issues. Despite four decades as a Republican Senator in Washington, Thad Cochran has failed to provide conservative leadership on almost every conservative issue.