MS agriculture official expected to go to US Senate


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Hyde-Smith served 12 years as a Democrat in the state Senate from a rural southwest MS district, switching to the Republican Party in late 2010.

Hyde-Smith will be Mississippi's first female US senator and will fill the Senate vacancy when veteran Senator Thad Cochran retires in April.

On Wednesday, he applauded Hyde-Smith's appointment.

She highlighted her work as agriculture commissioner, while praising President Donald Trump's work on rolling back regulations, making specific reference to the Waters of the United States rule.

Hyde-Smith stated, "I am truly humbled and honored that Governor Phil Bryant has asked me to serve as your next U.S. Senator".

"I worked hard with our MS delegation to make sure proper inspection is now being done", Hyde-Smith said. "But it wasn't", she said.

Hyde-Smith is expected to occupy the seat at leastuntil a longer-term replacement is elected in a November 6 special election.

Hyde-Smith, 58, would be the first woman to represent MS in Congress. He said the appointment would be effective April 2, the day after Cochran is to step down after 40 years in the U.S. Senate. As noted, Hyde-Smith will serve at least until the Special Election that will be held to determine who will finish out the rest of Cochran's term takes place in November.

Hyde-Smith is also an advocate for women in leadership, saying in 2017 "women tend to offer a unique perspective when it comes to establishing a vision for the future and vetting possible solutions". McDaniel initially launched his Senate campaign as a race for the seat held by U.S. Sen. Chris McDaniel and Democrat Mike Espy, who was President Bill Clinton's first agriculture secretary, also intend to run in the special election.

Cochran's resignation creates two Senate races this year in MS as Republicans are trying to maintain their slim Senate majority.

A prediction first made by Newsmax will nearly certainly come true Wednesday, with Mississippi's Gov. Phil Bryant expected to name fellow Republican and State Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith as the Magnolia State's first-ever woman USA senator.

Bryant responded that he meant to pick Hyde-Smith for the post, anyway.

Representatives for Bryant and Hyde-Smith did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Thad Cochran until November's special election.

The conversation was described by two White House aides with direct knowledge of the call. State Sen. Chris McDaniel (R), a hard-right conservative who has been critical of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and has clashed with Bryant, has said he will run in that race. Based on reports from various GOP sources in Mississippi, Newsmax predicted Bryant would turn to fourth-generation cattle farmer and former State Sen.