Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, the former Mississippi Agriculture Director, will serve on the Senate Ag Appropriations Subcommittee after being awarded a seat on the Senate Appropriations Committee. Hyde-Smith was sworn in Monday after being appointed the seat of retired Senator Thad Cochran.
The Republican announced she will keep several former Cochran staffers on her senior staff and brought in others from the Mississippi Department of Agriculture. Hyde-Smith was elected Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture in 2011, after serving 12 years in the Mississippi State Senate, including eight years as chair of the Agriculture Committee.
In a news release, Hyde-Smith said she looks forward to being a “good steward of taxpayer dollars.” Her predecessor, Cochran, chaired the Senate Appropriations Committee.
Hyde-Smith is the first woman to represent Mississippi in either house of Congress.