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Cindy Hyde-Smith sworn in as first MS woman to serve in senate

Governor Phil Bryant, Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, Michael Smith, Vice President Pence, and Senator Roger Wicker.  Source: U.S. Senate Governor Phil Bryant, Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, Michael Smith, Vice President Pence, and Senator Roger Wicker. Source: U.S. Senate
Governor Phil Bryant, Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, Michael Smith, Vice President Pence, and Senator Roger Wicker.  Source: U.S. Senate Governor Phil Bryant, Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, Michael Smith, Vice President Pence, and Senator Roger Wicker. Source: U.S. Senate
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith became the first female to represent Mississippians in the United States Senate.

Hyde-Smith was sworn into office by Vice President Mike Pence, who also officiated at a ceremonial enactment of the process.  Hyde-Smith was accompanied by her husband, Michael, and daughter, Anna Michael.

“It is a great honor to serve Mississippi as its first female United States Senator.  I am ready to hit the ground running, and I will do everything I can to represent the needs of all Mississippians,” Hyde-Smith said.  “I’m excited to work with my colleagues to advance President Trump’s policies and advance the needs of our state and the nation.”

U.S. Senator Roger Wicker and Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant also participated in today’s historic swearing-in ceremonies.

Hyde-Smith will begin work as a member of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, and the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration.

She is replacing Thad Cochran who retired April 1.

RELATED: Gov. Bryant appoints Cindy Hyde-Smith to U.S. Senate

She served as a State Senator from 2000-2012 for her hometown of Brookhaven. After winning the election in 2011, she became the Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce starting in 2012.

She was a registered Democrat until 2010 when she switched to the Republican party. 

Not only is Smith the first female U.S. Senator to represent Mississippi, she's the sixth female Republican U.S. Senator in history.

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