Mississippi's senior senator announced Wednesday he will seek re-election in 2008.
There had been some speculation that Republican U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran might retire after the GOP lost the majority in Congress last fall.
Cochran, 69, has been in the Senate since 1979. He's been on Capitol Hill since winning election to the U.S. House in 1972.
"I have enjoyed serving in the Senate and I am highly honored to have
had the support and encouragement to continue this service from
friends throughout the state," said Cochran. "I look forward to working with the other members of our delegation in Washington to keep our country strong and safe and economically sound, and to ensure that our state's interests are well served by the federal government."
Cochran is the ranking Republican on the Senate Appropriations Committee. He was the committee chairman before Democrats won the majority in the 2006 elections.
Cochran could serve four more years after this current term as ranking minority member should he win re-election.
A full sixth term would give Cochran 36 years in the Senate, matching the record of his predecessor, the late U.S. Sen. James O. Eastland.