Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith’s work ethic and determination to make a positive difference in Mississippi prompted her to run for office. Her public service career began when elected to the Mississippi State Senate in 1999.
In 2011, she was elected as Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce, making Mississippi history as the first woman elected to the statewide position. She was then re-elected to a second term in 2015 and is currently the only elected female Agriculture Commissioner in the United States.
In her role as the state’s chief agriculture leader, Commissioner Hyde-Smith continues to positively impact the state’s largest industry — agriculture, the backbone of Mississippi’s economy. She is a fierce advocate for agriculture and is responsible for securing $30 million in bonds for the construction of a new Trade Mart and improvements to the State Fairgrounds in Jackson, which impacts all 82 counties in Mississippi.
Since elected, the Commissioner has dedicated herself to helping farmers continue to provide an affordable, safe and abundant food supply for the citizens of Mississippi and consumers across the globe.
“Every day I am so grateful that I had the courage to step out and put my name on a ballot,” Hyde-Smith remarked. “I have celebrated many successes that I feel made a difference in people’s lives. God’s grace is sufficient. I encourage young women to get involved politically. Not every door will open, but take full advantage of those that do. Seek God’s will and I assure you He will keep you busy.”
Through her current leadership roles as President of both the Southern Association of States Departments of Agriculture and the Southern US Trade Association, Commissioner Hyde-Smith ensures Mississippi a seat at the table when decisions are made that impact agriculture on regional and national levels. She makes sure that the voices of Mississippi farmers and ranchers are not only heard but are driving key decisions being made on the national forefront. In addition, by serving as the Co-Chairman of the Agriculture Policy Advisory Council for President Donald Trump, she is the voice for all Mississippi farmers and ranchers and our rural communities.