FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—March 21, 2018
Mississippi’s Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith Appointed to the United States Senate by Governor Phil Bryant
“Cindy Hyde-Smith is a rock-solid conservative. I’ll be working hard to help support her work in the Senate and on her upcoming campaign.” —Governor Phil Bryant
(Brookhaven, Miss.) – Today, Mississippi’s Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Cindy Hyde-Smith accepted an appointment to the United States Senate by Governor Phil Bryant. Her appointment will be effective after April 1, the date Senator Thad Cochran will retire after nearly half a century of service to Mississippi. She will also be a candidate for this seat in the Special Election which will be held on November 6, 2018.
Speaking outside of the Military Memorial Museum in downtown Brookhaven, Cindy Hyde-Smith stated, “I’m grateful for the confidence and trust Governor Bryant has placed in me with this appointment to the United States Senate. I’m also equally appreciative of the responsibility I have to the people of Mississippi to represent our state and our values. I pledge to serve all of our citizens with honor and respect. I want to thank Senator Thad Cochran for his leadership, dedication and service to our state. I’m also looking forward to working with President Trump and everyone else who believes in the policies and principles that are making America great again.”
“I’ve been conservative all of my life and that’s demonstrated by my conservative voting record as a three-term State Senator and my conservative accomplishments as Agriculture Commissioner,” said Hyde-Smith. “I’ve worked hard to get things done for Mississippians, including fighting for private property-owner rights, working to end lawsuit abuse, and reducing government spending to balance our budget. As Agriculture Commissioner, I’ve fought to open new markets for our agricultural products and streamlined regulations to get government out of the way. My values are our Mississippi values.”
“As Mississippi’s newest United States Senator, I’ll support policies that rebuild America’s military by supporting our men and women in uniform, and to focus on firmly securing our borders,” said Hyde-Smith. “To keep our economy moving on the right track, I’ll work to roll back unnecessary regulations that get in the way of American workers, farmers and small businesses. It’s also important to me to finish the job that conservatives have been fighting for to end Obamacare and seek free market solutions to health care challenges. And I’ll always stand up for our conservative, Mississippi values by supporting pro-life policies and our Constitutional rights–including our 2nd Amendment right to bear arms.”
Governor Phil Bryant stated, “Cindy Hyde-Smith is a rock-solid conservative. When I was Lt. Governor and Cindy served in the State Senate, she was the most reliable vote I had for conservative causes. Cindy has also successfully carried the banner for the Republican Party in two statewide elections and demonstrated her appeal to voters by winning in an overwhelming fashion. She has modernized the Department of Agriculture and Commerce and proven herself to be a strong leader who knows how to stay on budget and get results for our farmers and small businesses. She and her husband, Mike, run a cattle farm, and they know the value of hard work. Cindy Hyde-Smith is a Mississippi success story and will make us proud representing our state in the United States Senate. I’ll be working hard to help support her work in the Senate and on her upcoming campaign.”
Cindy Hyde-Smith is a longtime, strong supporter of President Donald Trump. She Co- Chaired the Trump Agriculture Policy Advisory Council during the presidential campaign. She has continued to work closely with the Trump Administration, including participating in key White House meetings with Vice-President Pence and USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue regarding the benefits of the tax cut legislation.
Cindy Hyde-Smith was elected Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce by Mississippi voters in 2011 and again in 2015, following a 12-year career as a Mississippi State Senator for District 39. With her election, Hyde-Smith made Mississippi history as the first woman to ever be elected to the statewide position. Elected to the Mississippi State Senate in 1999, Hyde-Smith quickly became known as a passionate advocate of farmers and ranchers in Mississippi, serving as the Chairman of the Agriculture Committee for eight years and as an influential member of numerous other committees. During her time in office, Hyde-Smith authored legislation and supported efforts to promote and protect all facets of the agriculture industry, defending private property rights, endorsing Right to Farm legislation, and working to increase Country-of-Origin labeling requirements. Also, as a State Senator, Hyde-Smith earned the highest grade for a strong pro-business and fiscally conservative voting record from the state’s leading pro-business group—the Business and Industry Political Education Committee (BIPEC).
Hyde-Smith previously received numerous awards and honors for her work as a legislator and champion of agriculture, including the Agriculture Legislator of the Year Award from the Mississippi Association of Conservation Districts, the Ambassador Award from the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation, the Achievement Award from Delta Council, and the Outstanding Service to Small Farmers Award from Alcorn State University. In 2013, Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith was also the recipient of the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation’s Distinguished Service Award. The award is the highest honor Farm Bureau bestows on an individual, and it is reserved for someone who has truly made a difference in the lives of Mississippi farmers.
As Commissioner of Agriculture, Hyde-Smith worked to ensure fairness and equity in the marketplace and to protect Mississippians through reasonable regulatory practices. She made a commitment to support Mississippi’s farmers and ranchers so they could continue to provide safe food and fiber at the most affordable prices to the citizens of Mississippi, while maintaining the utmost in consumer confidence. She is a graduate of Copiah-Lincoln Community College and the University of Southern Mississippi and maintains close affiliations with the Mississippi Cattlemen’s Association, Lincoln County Forestry Association, Lincoln County Livestock Association, and the Mississippi Nursery and Landscape Association.
Hyde-Smith and her husband Mike are the proud parents of Anna-Michael, the family’s fifth generation farmer. Together, they raise beef cattle and are partners in Lincoln County Livestock, the local stockyard auction market in Brookhaven. She and her family currently reside in Brookhaven and are active members of Macedonia Baptist Church.