U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, today announced that he is naming Brad White as the chief of staff, effective Jan. 1, 2017.

White has served as Cochran’s state director since June 2015. In his new position, White will advise the Senator and oversee his Senate office staff in Washington and Mississippi. White will replace Keith Heard, who has served as chief of staff during the 114th Congress and who will return to the private sector.

“I am optimistic about the new Congress and the new administration, and look forward to having Brad White as my chief of staff. My focus will remain on making Mississippi and our nation stronger and more secure,” Cochran said. “I am grateful to Keith Heard for his good service to my office and to the people of Mississippi. I wish him well as he begins a new chapter in his career.”

Prior to joining the Cochran staff, White was chief of staff at the Mississippi Department of Audit. In addition to serving as a member of the Republican National Committee, White was chairman of the Mississippi Republican Party from 2008 to 2011. Between 1999 and 2008, he held various positions within the Mississippi Transportation Commission, the Mississippi Public Service Commission and the Simpson County Economic Development Foundation. White, a native of Braxton, has a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from Belhaven University.

Senator Thad Cochran Press Release