JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says former U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran was an "all-American boy" who played high school sports and became an Eagle Scout.
Bryant says Cochran grew into a leader with service in the Navy and 45 years in Congress.
Gov. Phil Bryant | Image: Mississippi Public Broadcasting
Thad Cochran's casket departs from Ole Miss en route to Jackson.
Bryant spoke Monday to more than 300 mourners at Mississippi Capitol during the first of two funeral services. Cochran was 81 when he died Thursday.
The second funeral is Tuesday at a church in Jackson.
Cochran was the 10th longest-serving U.S. senator in history.
He was elected to the U.S. House in 1972 and to the Senate in 1978, wielding power for several years as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. He retired in April 2018.
Cochran was dubbed the "Quiet Persuader" because of his gentlemanly demeanor.
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Editor's Note: This article was modified to include The Associated Press' report.