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Cindy Hyde-SmithREPRepublican United States Senator
63
Years of Age
22
Years of Experience
MSResidence (state)

Cindy Hyde-Smith (née Hyde; born May 10, 1959) is an American politician serving as the junior United States senator from Mississippi since 2018. A member of the Republican Party, she was previously the Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce and a member of the Mississippi State Senate. Born in Brookhaven, Mississippi, Hyde-Smith is a graduate of Copiah–Lincoln Community College and the University of Southern Mississippi. In 1999, she was elected to the Mississippi State Senate as a Democrat. She represented the 39th district from 2000 to 2012. In 2010, Hyde-Smith switched parties and became a Republican, citing her conservative beliefs. Hyde-Smith was elected Mississippi agriculture commissioner in 2011, the first woman elected to that office. On March 21, 2018, Governor Phil Bryant announced his intention to appoint Hyde-Smith to the United States Senate seat being vacated due to the resignation of Thad Cochran. Hyde-Smith was sworn into office on April 9, 2018. She is the first woman to represent Mississippi in Congress.

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Campaign Funding

20
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$5,161,798
Total Raised
$5,107,884
Total Spent
$53,914
Cash on Hand
Financial Data Source: Center for Responsive Politics
Education4 - 4 of 2
University of Southern Mississippi
BA
1981
Copiah-Lincoln Community College
Graduated
Past Positions1 - 5 of 5
Senator
United States Senate, Mississippi
2018 - Current
Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce
State of Mississippi
2012 - 2018
Senator
United States Senate
2018
Senator
Mississippi State Senate
2000 - 2012
Cattle Farmer
Other Experience1 - 24 of 24
Member
Macedonia Baptist Church
Current
Charter Member
National State Agriculture Rural Leaders Organization
Former Co-Chair
Trump Agriculture Policy Advisory Council
Former Member
Junior Auxiliary of Brookhaven
Former Member
Mississippi Wildlife Federation
Former Member
American Cancer Society
Former President
Southern United States Trade Association
Former President
Southern Association of State Departments of Agriculture
Member
National Rifle Association (NRA)
Member
Copiah Lincoln Community College Foundation Board
Member
Lincoln County Livestock Association
Member
Mississippi Cattlemen's Association
Member
Mississippi Nursery and Landscape Association
Member
Lincoln County Forestry Association
Member
Lincoln County Cattlemen's Association
Vice Chair
National Agriculture Committee of State Legislators
Former Chair
Agriculture Committee, Mississippi State Senate
Former Chair
Subcommittee on Legislative Branch, United States Senate
Former Chair
Subcommittee on Livestock, Marketing, and Agriculture Security, United States Senate
Former Member
Rural Development and Energy Subcommittee, United States Senate
Former Member
State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Subcommittee, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Conservation, Forestry, and Natural Resources, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on National Parks, United States Senate
Former Ranking Member
Subcommittee on Livestock, Marketing, and Agriculture Security, United States Senate