Junior U.S. Senator from Mississippi
|Assumed office |
April 9, 2018
Serving with Roger Wicker
|Appointed by||Governor Phil Bryant|
|Preceded by||Thad Cochran|
|Succeeded by||Incumbent (no successor)|
7th Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce
January 10, 2012 – April 1, 2018
|Preceded by||Lester Spell|
|Succeeded by||Andy Gipson|
January 4, 2000 – January 10, 2012
|Preceded by||W. L. Rayborn|
|Succeeded by||Sally Doty|
|Born|| May 10, 1959|
|Political party||Democrat-turned-Republican (2010)|
|Spouse(s)|| Michael Smith|
|Alma mater|| Copiah–Lincoln Community College|
University of Southern Mississippi
Cindy Hyde-Smith, born May 10, 1959 (age 61), is the Republican junior U.S. Senator from Mississippi. On April 9, 2018, she succeeded Senator Thad Cochran, who resigned because of health issues. A month earlier, Governor Phil Bryant had announced that Hyde-Smith was his choice to fill the remaining two years in Cochran's term.
Unlike her predecessor nor the state's RINO senior senator Roger Wicker, Hyde-Smith is mostly a strong conservative who has defended President Trump and voted in favor of challenging the "official results" of the 2020 U.S. presidential election following massive election fraud in several states.
McDaniel has accused Hyde-Smith of having voted for Hillary Rodham Clinton in the 2008 presidential primary against Barack H. Obama. At the time Hyde-Smith was a Democrat, but she denies having voted for Clinton.
Party affiliation switch
2018 U.S. Senate special election in Mississippi
In the special election to complete Cochran's term on November 6, 2018, Hyde-Smith faces a conservative challenge from state Senator Chris McDaniel and a liberal opponent, African-American Democratic former U.S. Representative Mike Espy, who also served briefly as secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture in the administration of former U.S. President Bill Clinton. President Donald Trump has endorsed and campaigned on behalf of Hyde-Smith, who supported the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court.
After Hyde-Smith made a comment saying she would be "on the front row" if she was ever invited to witness a public hanging, liberals in addition to Epsy's supporters accused her of "racism". Note that Hyde-Smith never mentioned race, rather it was the social justice warriors that did so and accused her on the basis of being "racially insensitive". At least one site published an article highlighting Hyde-Smith's past to prove her "racism".
While on a campaign in Starkville, Mississippi, Hyde-Smith joked about making it harder for liberals to vote. Eliciting high media coverage, many leftists who lack a sense of humor took the comment too seriously.
General election results
In the special election runoff held on November 27, 2018, Hyde-Smith, with more than 53 percent of the vote, defeated Espy. In a rebuke to the liberal accusations, many black Republicans in Mississippi applauded her victory, including Charles Evers, the then-96-year-old brother of the late Medger Evers, a civil rights activist who was murdered by a white supremacist in 1963.
Hyde-Smith is a resident of Brookhaven in southern Mississippi. She and her husband, Mike Smith, are ranchers, and they have one daughter. A devout Baptist, Hyde-Smith regularly attends the Macedonia Baptist Church and works as a deacon.
- Bowden, John (January 7, 2021). READ: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results. The Hill. Retrieved January 7, 2021.
- GOP Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith swears she didn't vote for Hillary Clinton. Washington Times (October 7, 2018).
- President Trump holds rally for Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith
- Senator Jokes About ‘Public Hanging’; Her Black Opponent Not Amused
- Mississippi Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith Is So Racist...But How Racist Is She?
- Hyde-Smith’s campaign says comment about suppressing 'liberal' votes was 'a joke'
- Multiple sources:
- Mississippi Runoff Election Results 2018
- Meet Mississippi’s Black Republicans Who Are Happy Cindy Hyde-Smith Won
- Michael Smith, Cindy Hyde-Smith’s Husband: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know