- Pontotoc, Miss.
- Organization: (naf) University of Mississippi
- Affiliation End: 1959
- Organization: (naf) University of Mississippi. School of Law
- Affiliation End: 1965
- Organization: (naf) United States. Congress. House
- Affiliation Start: 19730103
- Affiliation End: 19781226
- Organization: (naf) United States. Congress. Senate
- Affiliation Start: 19781227
- Organization: (naf) Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )
- (lcsh) Legislators
- found: His Delegation mission to New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, and Japan, 1982: t.p. (Senator Thad Cochran) p. iii (U.S. Senate, Wash., D.C.)
- found: Biog. dir. of the U.S. Congress, June 6, 2013: (Cochran, William Thad, Senate years of service: 1978- ; a Senator and a Representative from Mississippi; born in Pontotoc, Pontotoc County, Miss., December 7, 1937; educated in the public schools of Mississippi; graduated, University of Mississippi, Oxford 1959 and the University of Mississippi Law School 1965; studied international law and jurisprudence at Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland 1963-1964; served in the United States Navy 1959-1961; admitted to the Mississippi bar in 1965 and commenced practice in Jackson; elected as a Republican to the Ninety-third Congress in 1972; reelected to the Ninety-fourth and Ninety-fifth Congresses and served from January 3, 1973, until his resignation on December 26, 1978; was not a candidate for reelection to the House of Representatives, but was elected in 1978 to the United States Senate for the term commencing January 3, 1979; subsequently appointed by the Governor, December 27, 1978, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of James O. Eastland for the term ending January 3, 1979; reelected in 1984, 1990, 1996, 2002, and again in 2008 for the term ending January 3, 2015; chair, Senate Republican Conference (1991-97), Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry (One Hundred Eighth Congress); Committee on Appropriations (One Hundred Ninth Congress).
- 1982-08-02: new
- 2013-06-11: revised