Mississippi is mourning the loss of former U.S. Senator Thad Cochran, who died Thursday at his home in Oxford.
He was 81.
Cochran was a lawmaker for 45 years and never lost a general election.
Prominent political figures, including President Donald Trump, have spoken out about Cochran’s death and are offering support and sympathy for his family.
Like the rest of Mississippi, Cochran has been a prominent figure on the Coast for more than four decades. Many Coastians remember and appreciate the lawmaker’s time here immediately after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Here are historic photos of Cochran from years past.