U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) was today sworn in to complete the Senate term of former U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.).

“It is a great honor to serve Mississippi as a United States Senator.  I am committed to doing everything I can to represent the priorities of all Mississippians, and will continue to work to advance the needs of our state and the nation,” Hyde-Smith said.

Hyde-Smith, the first woman elected to represent Mississippi in Washington, D.C., took the oath of office administered by Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), President pro tempore of the Senate, shortly after the Senate gaveled into session on Monday.  Hyde-Smith won a special election and runoff in November to fulfill the remaining two years of Cochran’s term.

The former Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce was appointed by Governor Phil Bryant to the fill the Senate seat left vacant with Cochran’s retirement in April.

Since assuming office, Hyde-Smith has served on the Senate appropriations, agriculture, and rules committees.

Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith Press Release