Former United States Senator Thad Cochran has died in Oxford, Mississippi, according to his spokesman.
Cochran served 45 years in Congress before stepping down due to health issues last spring, according to Politico.
Politico notes, “the GOP senator was a throwback from a more genteel era of American politics, rarely engaging the brutal fights and pitched partisanship of today’s modern-day Senate. In his farewell speech last year, Cochran reminisced of serving in Congress “with nine presidents during times of conflict and peace.
“We have engaged in heated arguments.But even in full disagreement, I believe all our motivations begin at the same point: the sincere desire to serve our states and country,”’