Mississippi Gov Names State's First Female Senator

Chris McDaniel

"It is an occasion that will affect all Mississippians, I believe, for all generations to come", Bryant said when introducing Hyde-Smith in her hometown of Brookhaven. But he's throwing his hat back in the ring for Cochran's seat.

Hyde-Smith also noted her involvement in what was also one of Cochran's many priorities: the establishment and maintenance of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's catfish inspection office.

Cochran's resignation creates two Senate races this year in MS as Republicans are trying to maintain their slim Senate majority.

Phil Bryant (R.) on Wednesday tapped Cindy Hyde-Smith to fill Republican Sen. In recent days, the White House and other senior Republicans reviewed polling conducted by the National Republican Senatorial Committee showing Hyde-Smith in third place in a prospective match-up, trailing McDaniel and a prospective Democratic candidate. "Her service as the Co-chairman of the Agriculture Policy Advisory Council for President Donald Trump has been instrumental in ensuring MS farmers and ranchers a voice during key decision making". Cochran now holds the highly coveted chairmanship of the Senate Appropriations Committee, a position of seniority which will go to Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama upon Cochran's retirement. Roger WickerRoger Frederick WickerMississippi gov to fill Cochran seat with agriculture commissioner: report Senate Commerce presses Facebook, Cambridge Analytica for answers on data McDaniel to run for open Senate seat in Miss. rather than challenge Wicker MORE (R) in favor of seeking Cochran's former seat.

MS and Vermont are the only two USA states that never have elected a woman to Congress. Hyde-Smith said she hopes she can be a role model for young people like her daughter.

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BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi's Republican agriculture commissioner, who served on a farm advisory committee for President Donald Trump, was appointed Wednesday to succeed a veteran us senator who is resigning because of poor health.

Republican state Sen. Chris McDaniel, who made an unsuccessful bid to dislodge Cochran in the 2014 GOP primary, announced last week he was switching from mounting a primary challenge to Wicker to running for Cochran's seat. In New Jersey and Virginia, for example, the Democrats won governors races and a number of key state legislative elections. They recommended that, for now, the president should not endorse or campaign for Hyde-Smith should she get the appointment. Espy in 1986 became the first African-American in modern times to win a congressional seat in MS, and he has publicly supported both Democrats and Republicans in various races. She switched to the Republican Party in late 2010 and was elected statewide in 2011 as the MS commissioner of agriculture. Thad Cochran. Hyde-Smith switched parties in 2010 while serving in the state Senate.

Conservative Chris McDaniel had originally meant to challenge incumbent Sen.

MS has an enduring reputation as one of the most conservative states in the nation. She ran as a Democrat.

His decision means both Mississippi Senate seats are in play for the 2018 midterm elections.

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