Cindy Hyde-Smith Gets Appointment to Mississippi Senate Seat

Mississippi Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith left thanks Gov. Phil Bryant center for selecting her to succeed fellow Republican Thad Cochran in the U.S. Senate Wednesday

The governor of MS appointed state Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith on Wednesday to succeed fellow Republican Thad Cochran in the U.S. Senate.

Cochran announced earlier this month that he would resign his Senate seat on April 1.

Mississippi's first black congressman since reconstruction, Mr.

With a campaign that will stretch until November, Hyde-Smith says she's ready. The 80-year-old, first elected to the Senate in 1978 after serving six years in the House, was the first Republican elected to the Senate from MS since Reconstruction ended.

I pledge to serve all of our citizens with honor and respect.

Senator Roger Wicker's office released a statement following the announcement commending the Governor's selection.

The senator-designee 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.

Bryant made the announcement Wednesday afternoon from Hyde-Smith's hometown of Brookhaven.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant congratulates state Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde Smith after appointing her to succeed fellow Republican Thad Cochran in the U.S. Senate Wednesday

"The history of this moment is not lost on me, Governor", Hyde-Smith said.

"I know she will continue to faithfully serve every Mississippian in her new role".

McDaniel warned Breitbart News Sunday radio listeners and the governor just days ago that if the governor made an appointment, it could cause an unnecessary Republican bloodbath leading up to the November special election. Mike Espy, a Democrat who served as President Bill Clinton's secretary of agriculture, said Monday he has a "strong intention" to run for Cochran's seat. More than 100 Republican supporters signed McDaniel's letter. The special Senate election in Alabama late a year ago was just one of a series of surprising election outcomes favoring the Democratic Party. He pointed to the November election where he said Mississippians will get to "choose from among the Democratic candidates or they can vote for a lifelong conservative Republican".

Three state Republican sources have told The Associated Press that he chose the 58-year-old Hyde-Smith to succeed Sen. "She is a very well-qualified person whose experiences and excellent character will benefit our state in Washington", he said. Thad CochranMississippi gov to fill Cochran seat with agriculture commissioner: report GOP leaders see finish line on omnibus deal McDaniel to run for open Senate seat in Miss. rather than challenge Wicker MORE (R).

Hyde-Smith served as a Democrat in MS in the state Senate starting in 2000, but she switched to the Republican Party in 2010 before leaving her seat in January 2012. The expected uptick in voter turnout among Democrats, coupled with actual voter surges among Democrats already seen in primary elections in Texas, where Democrats saw their biggest midterm turnout in more than a quarter-century, seem to project a hard midterm season for the Republicans. There is no doubt that the Republican Party still feels the sting from their electoral upset last December when Democrat Doug Jones defeated embattled Senator Roy Moore in a special election to fill the seat previously held by the now Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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

And that would leave Vermont as the lone state in the union to have never sent a female lawmaker to Washington.

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