Bully Bloc Member Cindy Hyde-Smith appointed first female U.S. Senator from Mississippi
Governor Phil Bryant recently appointed former Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce, Cindy Hyde-Smith to the U.S. Senate. Hyde-Smith is succeeding Senator Thad Cochran, and will run in the November 6 special election to complete the final two years of Cochran’s term. She will run in the non-partisan election against State Senator Chris McDaniel, and former Bill Clinton Secretary of Agriculture, Mike Epsy. If no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast on November 6, a runoff will be held on November 27.
Andy Gipson appointed Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce
To fill the vacancy created by the appointment of Hyde-Smith, Governor Bryant appointed State House member Andy Gipson to serve as the new Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce. Gipson formerly represented House District 77 (Simpson/Rankin Counties) and served as the Chairman of Judiciary B under House Speaker Philip Gunn since 2012. Gipson’s appointment was effective April 2; he will run for re-election in 2019 for the four-year term beginning in 2020.
Special Election for House District 77
To fill the vacancy created by the appointment of Gipson, Governor Bryant has set a special election for July 10. Candidates have until May 21 to qualify for the House District 77 seat; if no candidate receives a majority of votes on July 10, a runoff will be held on July 31.
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