Ethel Cochrane

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Ethel M. Cochrane
Senator for Newfoundland and Labrador
In office
November 17, 1986 – September 23, 2012
Appointed byBrian Mulroney
Preceded byEric Cook
Succeeded byDavid Wells
Personal details
Born (1937-09-23) September 23, 1937 (age 84)
Port au Port Peninsula, Newfoundland
NationalityNewfoundlander until 31 March 1949
Canadian from 31 March 1949
Political partyConservative (2004–present)
Other political
Progressive Conservative
Spouse(s)Jim Cochrane
ResidencePort Au Port, Newfoundland and Labrador
OccupationCanadian Senator
ProfessionEducator, School Administrator

Ethel M. Cochrane (born September 23, 1937) is a former Canadian Senator having represented the province of Newfoundland and Labrador from 1986 until 2012.

A teacher by training, Cochrane worked as an educator in her native Newfoundland culminating in her period as a school principal. An advocate for education and literacy, she was appointed to the Senate by Governor General Jeanne Sauvé, on the recommendation of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, in November 1986. She sat as a Progressive Conservative senator until February 2004 when she and most other PC Senators joined the new Conservative Party of Canada. Cochrane is the first female senator to represent Newfoundland and Labrador. She retired in 2012 when she reached the mandatory retirement age of 75. She is a past member of the Girl Guides of Canada.

Senator Cochrane now resides in Port Au Port East with her husband Jim.