Cindy Hyde-Smith

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Cindy Hyde-Smith
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Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce
Assumed office
January 2012
Governor Phil Bryant
Preceded by Lester Spell
Member of the Mississippi Senate
from the 39th district
In office
2000 - 2012
Succeeded by Sally Doty
Personal details
Born Brookhaven, Mississippi
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Michael L. Smith
Residence Brookhaven, Mississippi
Alma mater University of Southern Mississippi
Occupation Cattle Farmer, Congressional Affairs Consultant
Religion Baptist

Cindy Hyde-Smith is the Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce.[1][2] She took office in January 2012 and is the first woman to hold the position. Prior to serving as Agriculture Commissioner, Hyde-Smith was a member of the Mississippi Senate for three terms, holding the position of Senate Agriculture Committee chair for eight years.

Biography[edit]

Hyde-Smith was a member of the Mississippi Senate, representing the 39th District from 2000 to 2012. In 2010, during her tenure in the Senate, she switched parties from Democratic to Republican. Senator Hyde-Smith served as chair of the Senate Agriculture committee since 2004 and was a member of Appropriations, Constitution, Corrections, Elections, Forestry, Public Health and Welfare, Veterans and Military Affairs, and Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks committees. She was also Vice Chairman of the National Agriculture Committee of State Legislators.

She is a member of the American Cancer Society, the Junior Auxiliary, Hospice, the Mississippi Cattleman's Association, the Mississippi Wildlife Federation, the National Rifle Association, Mississippi National Guard Legislative Caucus, and the Copiah Lincoln Community College Foundation Board.[3]

Senator Hyde-Smith is the daughter of the late Luther Hyde and Lorraine. She grew up in Monticello, Mississippi. She graduated from Copiah-Lincoln Community College and the University of Southern Mississippi. She is married to a cattle farmer, Mike, and they have one daughter, Anna Michael. They are active members of Macedonia Baptist Church.[4]

Electoral history[edit]

Mississippi State Senate 39th District Democratic Primary Election, 2003
Party Candidate Votes %
Demcoratic Cindy Hyde-Smith (inc.) 11,944 65.47
Democratic W. L. Rayborn 6,299 34.53
Mississippi State Senate 39th District Election, 2003
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Cindy Hyde-Smith (inc.) 18,091 100.00
Mississippi State Senate 39th District Election, 2007
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Cindy Hyde-Smith (inc.) 12,844 79.45
Republican Edwin Case 3,323 20.55
Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Republican Primary Election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith 144,873 52.93
Republican Max Phillips 96,049 35.09
Republican Dannie Reed 32,809 11.99
Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith 493,417 56.91
Democratic Joel Gill 352,213 40.63
Reform Cathy Toole 21,347 2.46
Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Election, 2015
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith (inc.) 433,295 61.47
Democratic Addie Lee Green 256,766 36.43
Reform Cathy Toole 14,852 2.11

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