Hyde-Smith takes oath of office

U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith is sworn-in as Mississippi’s first woman senator by Sen. Orrin Hatch, president pro tempore of the Senate, while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) look on. (Source: Office of Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTOK) - Mississippi Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith was sworn in Monday to complete the term of former U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran.

Hyde-Smith was appointed by Gov. Phil Bryant to fill the seat after Cochran resigned Apr. 1. She then won a special election in November to serve the final two years of the term.

Hyde-Smith took the oath of office, administered by Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), president pro tempore of the Senate, shortly after the Senate gaveled into session Monday.

“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 became the first woman elected to represent Mississippi in Congress when she won the Nov. 27 runoff with former U.S. agriculture secretary Mike Espy.

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