Cindy Hyde-Smith

Born:May 10, 1959 (age 65)
Career:U.S. Senate, 2018-present
Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce, 2012-2018
Mississippi State Senate, 2000-2012
Education:B.A, University of Southern Mississippi

Cindy Hyde-Smith was appointed on April 9, 2018, to fill the U.S. Senate seat for Mississippi vacated by Thad Cochran, who resigned for health reasons. Hyde-Smith is the first women to represent Mississippi in Congress. She also won the 2018 special election for the remainder of Cochran's term, and in 2020 was elected for a full term.

Hyde-Smith was born on born May 10, 1959, in Brookhaven, Mississippi. She is a graduate of Copiah-Lincoln Community College and the University of Southern Mississippi.

Prior to her appointment to the U.S. Senate, Hyde-Smith served as Mississippi's commissioner of agriculture and commerce from 2012 to 2018. From 2000 to 2012, she served in the Mississippi state Senate. During her tenure in the state senate, she switched parties from Democrat to Republican. Hyde-Smith is also a cattle farmer and previously worked as a congressional affairs consultant before being elected to the state legislature.

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