Cindy Hyde-Smith believes her years as a state senator have well prepared her to take on a new job.
Hyde-Smith touted her eight years of experience as the chairman of the state Senate’s Agriculture committee as she discussed her bid for the commissioner of agriculture commissioner post at the quarterly meeting of the Wesson Chamber of Commerce Wednesday. In the November general election, the Republican Hyde-Smith will face Democratic candidate Jim Gill and Reform Party candidate Cathy L. Toole.
Since 2000, Hyde-Smith, a Brookhaven native, has held the District 39 Senate seat, which includes Lincoln, Lawrence and part of Simpson counties. From the beginning of her Senate career, Hyde-Smith said she has been passionate about agriculture.
Early after she won election, the then-newly elected Lt. Gov. Amy Tuck asked Hyde what committee appointment she wanted. Hyde-Smith told the chamber audience her answer came easy: agriculture.