Thank God for politics: Mississippi Top 50, Hall of Fame honored

“Thank you, so very much for this honor,” said Senator Cochran. “It is also something that makes me feel warmhearted that William Winter is getting a similar honor tonight.”

Former Governor William Winter is often credited his work in education and race relations in Mississippi. Winter is a World War II veteran, and served the state as Tax Collector, State Treasurer, Lt. Governor and then Governor.

“Governor William Winter’s legacy in Mississippi will forever be tied to positive outcomes on racial reconciliation and educational advancement,” said Alan Lange. “Since serving as Governor, he has been a tireless advocate for racial reconciliation in Mississippi and is nationally recognized for that work.”

Governor Winter expressed the connection he feels with colleagues across the state.

“I’m grateful for being here,” said Winter. “and I’m grateful for your friendship. Thank you for being my friend… and I stand here today in the shadow of one of the greatest Mississippians I have ever known, and that is Senator Thad Cochran.”