Nielsen Cochran, longtime public officeholder, has passed away at age 78.
He was elected Jackson City Commissioner in 1977 and re-elected in 1981. He was elected Central District Public Service Commissioner in 1983, serving till 2007.
Cochran’s brother, U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, passed away in May after 40 years in the upper chamber preceded by six years in the House of Representatives.
Nielsen Cochran was married to Connie Cochran and they had two sons, Scot and Jason.
He was born in Pontotoc in 1941. His family moved to Byram in 1946, where he graduated from high school.
A former professional baseball player in the Baltimore Orioles organization, he attended Mississippi College and Northern State College in South Dakota.
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