The federal courthouse in Jackson has officially been renamed the 'Thad Cochran United States Courthouse' in honor of former Senator Thad Cochran.
The measure was included within Congress’ most recent omnibus spending bill. Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont pushed to include the language within the bill.
"I count Thad among my dearest friends, and his leadership in the Senate is sorely missed," said Senator Leahy. "Despite being on different ends of the political spectrum, over the years Thad and I crossed the aisle to work hand-in-hand for the American people. His legacy will live in Mississippi and across the country for generations and it was an honor to be a part of this small gesture."
The renaming was also supported by Senator Roger Wicker.
"This is a fitting tribute to Senator Cochran's lifetime of public service," said Senator Wicker. "As our republic's tenth longest-serving senator, Thad has fought hard for the people of Mississippi and consistently sought the best interests of our nation. I am honored that the same federal courthouse that houses my Jackson office will bear his name."
Arthur Johnston, clerk of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, released a statement saying that Senator Cochran was instrumental in obtaining funding for the construction of the facility, had a hand in nominating and securing Senate confirmation for every District Judge currently in service in the court and also Mississippi's four judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He also practiced law in the court.
"So, for all of these reasons, not to mention his longstanding reputation for statesmanship, it is quite fitting that this building be dedicated to him," said Johnston.
Johnston says they are working with the General Services Administration (GSA) to schedule a dedication ceremony that will hopefully take place within the next 90 days.