U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) has made staff changes related to committee and personal staff, including the appointment of his chief of staff T.A. Hawks as Republican staff director for the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. In appointing Hawks, Cochran also named as his new personal office chief of staff Bruce Evans, the Republican staff director for the Senate Appropriations Committee since 2006. And Steven Wall, his legislative director and counsel, has been named general counsel for the Agriculture Committee.
In addition, Cochran elevated two legislative assistants to legislative director and deputy legislative director positions. Adam Telle, his current legislative assistant for military and homeland security policies, will be legislative director, and Will Todd will be deputy legislative director. Todd has been a legislative assistant for education, foreign affairs and international trade.
Hawks, a native of Hernando has been Cochran’s chief of staff since January 2009. He joined the Cochran staff in 2000 and was promoted to legislative director before becoming chief of staff. Hawks earned a bachelor of arts degree in history from the University of Tennessee.
Wall, a native of Oxford, joined Cochran’s staff in February 2009 as legislative director and counsel. He was previously legislative counsel to former Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) from 1998 to 2004, and worked in the Washington office of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck prior to joining Cochran’s staff. Wall earned a bachelor of public administration from the University of Mississippi in 1991, a juris doctorate degree from Vanderbilt University Law School in 1995 as well as a master of science degree in European and international politics from the University of Edinburgh in 1995.
Telle, a native of Northport, Ala., has worked for Cochran since January 2007. He received a bachelor of science degree in computer science and a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from Mississippi State University in 2005. He is a former MSU student body president.
Todd, a native of Senatobia, has worked for Cochran since June 2007. He graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from the University of Mississippi in 2005, and completed a master’s degree in economic development from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2009. In 2011, Todd served as a congressional fellow for the Partnership for a Secure America and completed National Defense University’s National Security Strategy Program. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in international affairs at Georgetown University.