In December 1986, he was elected to the House of Representatives from Mississippi's second Congressional District, thus becoming the first African-American since Reconstruction to win a congressional seat in the state.
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McDaniel said it was "too early to say" whether he would remain in the race against Wicker or enter the special election to replace Cochran.
Longtime Senate aides, who observed Cochran regularly, noted privately that the senator seemed to have slowed down mentally in recent years but they acknowledge it's hard to tell to what degree. Mitch McConnell knows one!
Cochran hasn't been as visible on Capitol Hill in recent months. Cochran's service to our nation has made the lives of Mississippians better, and his support of our military has made America safer. Cochran were absent from a series of crucial votes.
A mild-mannered Southerner, Cochran played an insider's game throughout his seven terms - particularly as a member of the powerful Appropriations panel, which had always been a bipartisan powerhouse and way to funnel taxpayer dollars back home. The state's other senator, Roger Wicker, is up for reelection to begin with and is being challenged in the primary by - you guessed it - Chris McDaniel, back for another shot.
Those close to Mississippi's governor have said Bryant will not offer McDaniels the seat outright, and that the party is instead looking for someone with name recognition in the state could beat McDaniels in the special election.
"There's something nefarious about the idea of a governor appointing himself".
Rep. Gregg Harper, R-Miss., announced in January he planned to retire at the end of this year. Senator Cochran's talents made him chairman of the Appropriations Committee.
In an announcement, the 80-year-old senator cited his health as "an ongoing challenge". McDaniel has never conceded his lost to Cochran. McDaniel actually topped Cochran in the first primary election, but failed to get a majority. Cochran's team called in decades' worth of goodwill from his moderate politics and securing federal money for MS programs, winning the GOP runoff primarily with cross-over votes from Democrats and the African-American community and support from the Republican "establishment" in D.C. and Mississippi.