- Associated Press - Friday, January 9, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi Republican U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran is chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations.

The U.S. Senate on Thursday approved an organization resolution that, among other things, affirmed committee chairmanships for the new Congress. Cochran’s selection was initiated by Republican members of the Appropriations Committee on Wednesday.

Cochran, 77, was re-elected to a seventh term in November.

Cochran was in charge during the last two years of the previous GOP majority in 2005-2006.

He was a driving force behind more than $100 billion in funding to help Gulf Coast states recover from Hurricane Katrina. He was also a big practitioner of earmarks, those home-state goodies such as highway projects, economic development grants and university research dollars.

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