Chip Pickering sorts out job options

My guess is he’s going to make some money and run to succeed Sen. Thad Cochran,” said University of Virginia political science professor Larry Sabato.

The popular Cochran, a Republican, is expected to be re-elected to another six-year term in November, though it has been speculated he could retire early.

When he announced he wouldn’t run for re-election, Pickering, a boyish, 45-year-old Republican, said he needed to leave public service to earn money to put his five boys through college. His House salary this year is $169,300.

Under the wide margins allowed by financial disclosure rules, he also reported earning between $100,001 and $1 million from a family oil and natural gas exploration business last year.

Clarion Ledger