Difference between revisions of "Cindy Hyde-Smith"

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|office2 = 7th Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce
|office2 = 7th Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce
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|term_start1 = January 10, 2012
|term_start2 = January 10, 2012
|term_end1 = April 1, 2018
|term_end2 = April 1, 2018
|predecessor1 = Lester Spell
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|state_senate2 = Mississippi
|offic3=Mississippi State Senator for District 39
|district2 = 39th
|term_start3 = January 4, 2000
|term_start2 = January 4, 2000
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|term_end2 = January 10, 2012
|predecessor3 = W. L. Rayborn
|predecessor2 = W. L. Rayborn
|successor3 = Sally Doty
|successor2 = Sally Doty
|birth_date=May 10, 1959
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|birth_place =Brookhaven, Mississippi
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Revision as of 08:55, 7 October 2018

Cindy Hyde-Smith
Assumed office 
April 9, 2018
Serving with Roger Wicker
Appointed by Governor Phil Bryant
Preceded by Thad Cochran

7th Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce
In office
January 10, 2012 – April 1, 2018
Governor Phil Bryant
Preceded by Lester Spell
Succeeded by Andy Gipson
In office
January 4, 2000 – January 10, 2012
Preceded by W. L. Rayborn
Succeeded by Sally Doty

Born May 10, 1959
Brookhaven, Mississippi
Political party Democrat-turned-Republican (2010)
Spouse(s) Michael Smith

One daughter

Residence Brookhaven, Mississippi
Alma mater Copiah–Lincoln Community College
University of Southern Mississippi
Religion Baptist

Cindy Hyde-Smith (born May 10, 1959) is the Republican interim 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.

Hyde-Smith switched from Democrat-to-Republican affiliation in 2010, while she was serving in the Mississippi State Senate. In 2012, she became the state agriculture commissioner. She is a resident of Brookhaven in southern Mississippi. She and her husband, Mike Smith, are ranchers. She has one daughter.

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.

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 Mrs. Clinton.[1]