Cochran, William Thad (12/07/1937-)

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  • Number of Terms: 3
  • Committees/Roles: Compensation and Human Resources Committee; Nominating Committee; ad hoc Committee on Board of Regents Governance; ad hoc Committee on Facilities Revitalization
  • Occupation: Attorney, U.S. Representative, U.S. Senator
  • Biography: Thad Cochran, a Republican from Mississippi, has served in the Senate since 1978 and counts among the highlights of his legislative record his contributions to the National Missile Defense Act of 1999; the farm bills of 1985, 1990, and 1996; and the National Education Goals Panel. His awards include Conservationist of the Year and The Nature Conservancy's lifetime achievement award. Senator Cochran is the Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and serves on a number of its subcommittees including Interior; Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education; Defense; Energy and Water Development; Agriculture and Rural Development; Interior; and Homeland Security where he is the ranking member. He is also a member of the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry; the Committee on Rules and Administration, the Joint Committee on Printing; and the Joint Committee on the Library of Congress.


  • Cochran, William Thad
  • Board of Regents
  • United States Congress
  • Senator
  • Board of Regents Ad hoc committees
  • Board of Regents Committee on Compensation and Human Resources
  • Board of Regents Nominating Committee
  • Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )


Smithsonian Board of Regents

Regent type

Senator (Republican)




Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-1989. The Continental Congress (September 5, 1774 to October 21, 1788) and the Congress of the United States (from the first through the one hundredth Congresses, March 4, 1789, to January 3, 1989, inclusive). Bicentennial Edition. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1989; Who's Who in American Politics. Fourth edition, 1973-1974. New York: R. R. Bowker, 1973; Who's Who in Government. Second edition, 1975-1976. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who, 1975.

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


Regent Tenure: 01/1995-Present


  • Legislators
  • Politicians
  • Lawyers
  • Regents


  • Mississippi
  • United States



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