Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is expected to appoint Cindy Hyde-Smith, the state Commissioner for agriculture, to replace the Senate’s outgoing Sen. Thad Cochran.
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With sen. Thad Cochran ‘ s imminent retirement, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is expected to appoint Cindy Hyde-Smith to the seat.
Cochran, a Republican, announced earlier this year that he would resign 1. April due to health problems. According to state election laws, it is to appoint up to Bryant a replacement until a special election is held in November.
Bryant is expected to announce, Hyde-Smith, who has served as the state Commissioner of agriculture since 2011, as Cochran is the replacement as soon as Wednesday.
Read on for a look at the Hyde-Smith and her career.
You would be the state’s first female U.S. Senator
If Bryant is not your appointment, Hyde-Smith, 58, would represent the first female to Mississippi in Congress.
Your date would leave Vermont as the last state not a woman elected to either the house of representatives or the Senate, according to data from the Rutgers University’s Center for American women and politics.
Hyde-Smith is a former Democratic state legislator
Prior to her election as Commissioner of the state agriculture and Commerce Agency, Hyde-Smith served as a state senator for 12 years, from 2000 to 2012.
In the Senate, Hyde-Smith served as the Chairman of the Committee on agriculture. But she was a Democrat, Hyde-Smith, often voting with the Republicans, the Clarion-Ledger reported. She switched to the Republican party in the year 2010.
Your former party, the left, some Mississippi Republicans, uneasy about their appointment, the newspaper said.
Andy Taggart, a prominent Republican in the state, referred to the possibility that the Hyde-Smith be vulnerable to a primary Challenger, especially Chris McDaniel, in the November special election.
“In the year 1991, the entire GOP Establishment, a recent party switcher and statewide officeholders in the race for Governor. Instead, Kirk Fordice, came roaring out of nowhere and won a three-way primary,” Taggart said on Twitter.
It focuses on the agriculture, the industry for a while
Hyde-Smith’s involvement in the Mississippi-agriculture-industry began long before the European Commissioner. As a state legislator, she was “known as a passionate advocate of farmers and ranchers” in the state, the Commissioner, the biography said.
You put the effort in the state Senate for the protection of the agriculture, the industry, including right-to-farm and the property, according to their biography.
Hyde-Smith has also received numerous awards in connection with their work in agriculture, according to her biography, including the Mississippi Association of Conservation districts and the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation.
I feel honored to visit the Farm and Gin Show with Minister for agriculture Sonny Perdue in Memphis. #MSFGS2018 pic.twitter.com/BDAfReRu5L
— Cindy Hyde-Smith (@cindyhydesmith) 3. March 2018
Hyde-Smith and her husband raise cattle
Together with her husband, Hyde-Smith cattle sheds on their farm in Brookhaven, Mississippi, about 60 miles South of Jackson. They are also partners in Lincoln County livestock, the States, and livestock auctions.
Hyde-Smith grew up as a Tomboy, horses, and agriculture, she told the Delta Business Journal in the year 2015.
“I loved working with the earth,” Hyde-Smith. “And it gave me a deep appreciation for farmers and agriculture. They grow their food, feed their family and to feed the farmers, the food America. The garden and the concept all those years ago really started my journey in agriculture. The farmers really feed America.”
Two things made Hyde-Smith, fall in love with her husband, she told the Business Journal he could saddle a horse, and he tithed, the act of giving 10 percent to the Church
She has a daughter, Anna, Michael.
She appreciates the “different perspectives”
Hyde-Smith told the Delta Business Journal”, they have “some concerns”, as they decided to run for Commissioner for agriculture, especially as they tried to for a job that didn’t have a wife, stopped in front of her.
“I wondered if the Mississippi was ready for a female [Commissioner for agriculture],” she said. “When it comes to agriculture, I could not help but wonder whether my wife would be a Problem.”
But Hyde-Smith said she had no problems and only a few people ever get the fact that she was the first woman in the position.
“There are so many issues for farmers, they need a voice, a strong voice, and it is no matter, whether this voice comes from a man or a woman, as long as it’s sincere,” Hyde-Smith.
She shared the National Association of State Departments of agriculture (NASDA), that it is important that women also in talks, because “it is imperative to have people with different views and points of view involved in the discussion, so that information from all sides and angels are heard and taken into account.”
“Often, women tend to offer a unique perspective when it comes to the creation of a vision for the future and the consideration of possible solutions,” she said. “In many cases, women tend to lead to the human side of the decision and can patiently weigh all the circumstances.”
Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @K_Schallhorn.