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Hyde-Smith, a former longtime state lawmaker and former state agriculture commissioner from 2012 to 2018, was first appointed by then-Gov. Phil Bryant in April 2018 to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Republican Thad Cochran. Hyde-Smith then won a special election for the seat in November 2018.
Hyde-Smith, who served as a Democrat for much of her 12-year tenure as a state senator, has a conservative voting record in Congress and has been a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump’s policies both foreign and domestic.
Hyde-Sith serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee, on six subcommittees including agriculture and is chairwoman of the Legislative Branch subcommittee.
Hyde-Smith is a cattle farmer and partner in a stockyard auction in Brookhaven. She and her husband, Mike, have one daughter. She is a graduate of Copiah-Lincoln Community College and the University of Southern Mississippi.