Republican U.S. Senator Cochran says he will resign on April 1

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican U.S. Senator Thad Cochran, chairman of the powerful Appropriations Committee, said on Monday he will resign on April 1.

“I regret my health has become an ongoing challenge. I intend to fulfill my responsibilities and commitments to the people of Mississippi and the Senate through the completion of the 2018 appropriations cycle, after which I will formally retire from the U.S. Senate,” Cochran, 80, said in a statement.

(Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

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