Senator Cochran is the senior United States Senator from the State of Mississippi. He served three terms in the House of Representatives before being elected to the Senate in 1978. He serves as a member of the Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee. Senator Cochran is a senior member on the Senate Committee on Appropriations, and is Vice Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense. He also serves on the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration. Senator Cochran has previously served as Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, the Agriculture Committee and the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee. His legislative record includes sponsorship of the National Missile Defense Act of 1999, the Campaign Finance Reform Act, and other key provisions of several farm bills. He has written legislation that provides federal funding for education programs such as teacher training, vocational education, libraries, and educational television. He served as a member of the National Education Goals Panel, and authored the Mississippi Wilderness Act, the first federal legislation ever passed for the perpetual protection of lands in the State of Mississippi. He has also influenced the protection of wildlife habitat and helped establish national wildlife refuges as a member of the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, and authored the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program. During previous Congresses, he has served on the Senate Ethics Committee, the Judiciary Committee, the Labor and Human Resources Committee and the Committee on Indian Affairs. Senator Cochran lives in Jackson, MS and Washington, DC.