Friday, October 26, 2012

Thad Cochran

Senior Senator

Thad Cochran

Senator                        Mississippi                    Republican
Elected 1978

Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry
Appropriations – Ranking Minority Member
Rules and Administration

Ratings for 2010:

ADA    Americans for Democratic Action                                                      5
            Liberal:             less defense spending   
                                    protect civil liberties, human rights

ACLU  American Civil Liberties Union                                                           7
            Protect individuals from legal infringements on rights

AFS     American Federation of Government Employees                         11       
            Liberal labor

LCV    League of Conservation Voters                                                          0
            Pro-environmental protection

ITIC     Information Technology Industry Council                                          67
            Promote electronic commerce and innovation

NTU    National Taxpayers Union                                                                 90
            Pro-taxpayer rights

COC    US Chamber of Commerce                                                          100

ACU    American Conservative Union                                                         88
            Conservative:    foreign policy
                                    social and budget issues

CFG    Club for Growth                                                                                  81
            Pro-tax limitation

FRC     Family Research Council                                                                87
            Conservative:    promotes marriage and family
                                    oppose abortion

Votes in 111th Congress:  2009 – 2010

No       Overturn Ledbetter
            Extend statute of limitations in pay discrimination
No       Pass $787 Billion Stimulus
            Funds to revive U.S. economy
Yes      Repeal DC Gun Laws
            Repeal Washington DC limits on firearms and ban on assault weapons
No       Confirm Sonia Sotomayor
            Confirm Sonia Sotomayor to Supreme Court
No       Pass Health Care Bill
            Provides insurance for people without health insurance
No       Regulate Financial Firms
            New federal regulations on financial services firms
No       Pass Tax Cuts for Some
            Bush era tax cuts to continue for incomes under $250,000
No       Legalize Immigrants’ Kids
            Give children of illegal parents path to legal status
Yes      Ratify New START
            Ratify Strategic Arms Treaty with Russia
No       Confirm Elena Kagan
            Confirm Elena Kagan to Supreme Court
Yes      Stop EPA Climate Regulations
            Oppose EPA regulations of greenhouse gases under Clean Air Act
No       Repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
            Lift ban on openly gay people in military

Year                 Candidate                     Vote                                         Campaign Chest

2008                Thad Cochran (R)        766,111  61%                          2,723,398
                        Erik Fleming (D)           480,915  39                            
2002                Thad Cochran (R)        533,269  85%                          1,453,688
                         Shawn O’Hara (Ref)      97,226  15                            

                        Ref       Reform Party

1996                Thad Cochran (R)        624,154  71%                          1,305,680
                        James W. Hunt (D)       240,647  27                            

1990                Thad Cochran (R)        unopposed                                  691,865

1984                Thad Cochran (R)        580,314  61                             2,870,894
                         William Winter (D)       371,926  39                                738,739

Population 2010:                      2,967,297
State Rank:                               31st
Change since 2000:                  up 4.3%

Urban:                                      47%
Rural:                                       53

Jackson                                     173,514
Gulfport                                        67,793
Southaven                                   48,982
Hattiesburg                                 45,989

Median Income:                           37,034
Median Home Value:                  97,300

Private Employment:                 74%
Government Employment:         20
Self-Employed:                             6
Poverty:                                    21
Blue Collar:                              28
White Collar:                            54

Median Age:                             35
Over 65:                                    13%
Under 18:                                  26

High School Graduates:            80%
College Graduates:                   19
Graduate Degree:                       7

Veterans:                                  10%

Registered Voters 2010:
No Party Registration
Voter Turnout -                         788,549
Turnout, Voting Age -              36%

White:                                      58%
Black:                                       37
Hispanic:                                    3
Asian:                                         1

2008 Presidential Vote:
John McCain (R) -                   724,597           56%
Barack Obama (D) -                554,662           43

2004 Presidential Vote:
George W. Bush (R) -             684,981           59%
John Kerry (D) -                      457,766           40

Thad Cochran's Voting History:

Votes in the 110th Congress:  2007 – 2008

No       Raise CAFE standards
            Limit debate on setting higher fuel standards for vehicles
No       Expand SCHIP
            Expand State Children’s Health Insurance Program
No       Cap Greenhouse Gases
            Limit debate on setting Cap and Trade system to curb climate change
No       Bailout Financial Markets
            $700 billion dollar bailout of financial industry
Yes      Make English Official Language
            English the official language of the US
No       Path to Citizenship
            Limit debate on immigration reform bill
Yes      Fetus is Unborn Child
            Define fetus as an unborn child
No       Prosecute Hate Crimes
            Limit debate on measure funding prosecution of hate crimes
No       Withdraw Troops March, 2008
            Withdrawal of most US troops in Iraq by March, 2008
Yes      Iran Guard is Terrorist Group
            Iranian Revolutionary Guard is terrorist group
Yes      Increase Missile Defense Funding
            Increase funding for missile defense
Yes      Overhaul FISA
            Overhaul Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

Votes in the 109th Congress:  2005 – 2006

No       Bar ANWR Drilling
            Bar oil and gas leasing in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Yes      FY06 Spending Curb
            Curb federal entitlement spending
Yes      Estate Tax Repeal
            Limit debate on proposal to permanently repeal estate tax
No       Raise Minimum Wage
            Increase minimum wage to $7.25
Yes      Confirm Samuel Alito
            Confirm Samuel Alito as Associate Justice, Supreme Court
No       Path to Citizenship
            Path to citizenship for illegal immigrants
Yes      Bar Same Sex Marriage
            Limit debate on Constitutional amendment for marriage to man, woman
Yes      Stem Cell Research Funding
            Federal funds for embryonic stem cell research
Yes      Limit Interstate Abortion
            Prohibit minors crossing borders for abortion without parental consent
Yes      CAFTA
            Central American Free Trade Agreement
No       Urge Iraq Withdrawal
            Start withdrawing US troops from Iraq in 2006
No       Provide Detainee Rights
            Habeas Corpus rights for military detainees

Votes in the 108th Congress:  2003 – 2004

No       Ban Drilling in ANWR
            Block drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Yes      Approve Bush Tax Cut
            Reduce taxes by $350 billion through 2013
Yes      Medicare/Rx Bill
            Medicare prescription drug benefit legislation
No       Bar Overtime Pay Regulations
            Block funds for federal regulations of overtime pay
Yes      Energy Bill
            Cloture motion to end debate on comprehensive energy bill
No       Support Roe v. Wade
            Senate support for Roe v. Wade decision
Yes      Ban Partial Birth Abortion
            Ban procedure opponents describe as “partial-birth” abortion
No       Assault Weapons Ban
            Extend for 10 years ban on assault weapons sale and possession
Yes      Ban Same Sex Marriage
            Cloture motion to end debate on Constitutional amendment to ban same-sex      
No       Ban Bunker Buster Bomb
            Prohibit Energy Department funding of “bunker-buster” program
Yes      Fund Iraq War
            Provides $87 billion for US operations in Iraq and Afghanistan
No       Restrict Missile Defense
            Restrict deployment of national missile defense system

Votes in the 107th Congress:     2001 – 2002

Yes      Approve Bush Tax Cuts
            Cut taxes $1.35 trillion over 10 years
No       Expand Patients’ Rights
            Expand patients’ rights dealing with insurers, health organizations
Yes      Campaign Finance Reform
            Eliminate use of “soft money”, raise contribution limits
Yes      Permit ANWR Development
            Cloture motion to end debate on allowing energy development of Arctic National
            Wildlife Refuge
Yes      Confirm Ashcroft as AG
            Confirm John Ashcroft as Attorney General
Yes      Bar Gays in the Boy Scouts
            Withhold education funds from schools prohibiting Boy Scout use
No       Funds for Hate Crime Prosecution
            Cloture motion to end debate on funding to prosecute hate crimes
No       Overseas Military Abortions
            Abortion services for military personnel and dependents overseas
Yes      Bar Cooperation with International Court
            Prohibit US cooperation with International Criminal Court
Yes      Trade Promotion Authority
            Authority for president to negotiate trade agreements
Yes      Authorize Force in Iraq
            Authorize US military force in Iraq
No       Homeland Security Department Union
            Cloture motion to limit debate on excluding presidential authority to bar union    

Votes in the 106th Congress:  1999 – 2000

Yes      Education Savings Accounts
            Tax free education savings accounts for children in public, private schools
No       Prescription Drug Benefit
            Establish prescription drug Medicare benefits
Yes      Delay Ergonomic Standards
            Delay federal standards for ergonomic protection for one year
Yes      Phase Out Estate Tax
            Phase out estate and gift taxes
Yes      Review Movie Violence
            Federal review of violence in entertainment produced on federal property
No       Gun Show Background Checks
            Background checks on persons purchasing guns at gun shows
Yes      Ban Partial Birth Abortion
            Ban late-term procedures known as partial birth abortion
No       Broaden Hate Crimes List
            Broaden coverage of federal hate crimes
*          NATO War in Serbia
            Authorize US operations as part of NATO campaign against Yugoslavia
Yes      Table Cuba Travel Ban
            Table proposal to bar US citizens’ travel to Cuba
No       Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty
            Ratify comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty
Yes      Permanent Trade with China
            Enable permanent trade relations with China

*          Absent

Votes in the 105th Congress:  1997 – 1998

Yes      Balanced Budget Amendment
            Amend Constitution requiring a balanced budget
Yes      Clinton Budget Deal
            Implements entitlement spending cuts per budget agreement
No       Cloture on Tobacco
            Invoke cloture on tobacco settlement
Yes      Education IRAs
            Expand education savings accounts to include private schools
Yes      Satcher for Surgeon General
            Confirm David Satcher as US Surgeon General
No       Highway Set-asides
            Table proposal to end minority set-aside funding benefits
Yes      Table Child Gun Locks
            Table proposal requiring gun dealers sell child safety locks on handguns
Yes      Override Partial Birth Veto
            Override Clinton veto of partial birth abortion ban
Yes      Chemical Weapons Treaty
            Ratify treaty barring chemical weapons
No       Cuban Humanitarian Aid
            Provide humanitarian assistance to Cuban citizens
Yes      Table Bosnia Troops
            Table proposal requiring legislation to continue US forces in Bosnia
No       Funds for Test Ban Treaty
            Increase funding for expenses related to nuclear test-ban treaty

Votes in the 104th Congress:  1995 – 1996

Yes      Reduce Medicare Growth in Funds
            Reduce entitlement program spending to balance budget
Yes      Limit Product Liability Damages
            Limit damages in product liability cases
*          Increase Minimum Wage
            Increase minimum wage to $5.15 per hour
Yes      Welfare Reform
            Restrict welfare benefits and require beneficiaries find work
Yes      Flag Amendment
            Constitutional amendment prohibiting desecration of US flag
No       Endangered Species
            Moratorium on listing endangered species
No       Gay Employment Rights
            Prohibit job discrimination on basis of sexual orientation
Yes      Override Partial Birth Veto
            Override Clinton veto barring “partial-birth” abortions
Yes      Anti-Missile Defense
            Table proposal to cut $300 million from anti-missile program
Yes      Cuban Embargo
            Tighten US trade embargo on Cuba
No       Bar Bosnia Troops Funding
            Prohibit funds for US troops in Bosnia
No       Cut Vietnam Aid
            Cut $1.5 million in economic aid to Vietnam

*          Absent

Votes in the 103rd Congress:  1993 – 1994

No       Clinton Deficit Plan
            Clinton Administration deficit reduction plan
Yes      NAFTA
            North American Free Trade Agreement
No       Brady Handgun Purchase
            Waiting period for purchase of handgun; background check
Yes      Strike Race/Death Penalty
            Reject Racial Justice Act provisions of death penalty cases
Yes      Limit UN Command of Forces
            Prohibit funds for US forces in certain international operations
No       Cut Missile Funds
            Reduce funds for Trident II missile program

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