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Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith

Senator for Mississippi

pronounced SIN-dee // hīd smith


Hyde-Smith is the junior senator from Mississippi and is a Republican. She has served since Apr 9, 2018. Hyde-Smith is next up for reelection in 2026 and serves until Jan 3, 2027.

Hyde-Smith is among the Republican legislators whose attempt to disenfranchise Democratic states in the 2020 presidential election was a part of the months-long attempted coup that included the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the Capitol. On January 6, 2021 in the hours after the attack on the Capitol, Hyde-Smith voted for the exclusion of all of the votes in Arizona and/or Pennsylvania — states narrowly won by Democrats — from the Electoral College count that determined the next President of the United States. Legislators voting to disenfranchise these states were fooled by, or actively participated in, the same lies, conspiracy theories, and preposterous legal arguments about the election that motivated the insurrection at the Capitol.
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Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2020 Report Card for Hyde-Smith.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Hyde-Smith is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the Senate positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Hyde-Smith has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Nov 19, 2021. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

United States Chamber of Commerce: 86% The Club for Growth: 46% League of Conservation Voters: 19% Human Rights Campaign: 0% Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 0%

Committee Membership

Cindy Hyde-Smith sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Hyde-Smith was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:

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Does 3 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Hyde-Smith sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Armed Forces and National Security (20%) Crime and Law Enforcement (20%) Health (20%) Animals (10%) Government Operations and Politics (10%) Economics and Public Finance (10%) Environmental Protection (10%)

Recent Bills

Some of Hyde-Smith’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Hyde-Smith voted Yea

Veto Overridden 81/13 on Jan 1, 2021.

This was the Senate's vote to override President Trump's veto of H.R. 6395, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021, which is the …

Hyde-Smith voted Yea

Conference Report Agreed to 83/16 on Feb 14, 2019.

This bill, in its final form, funded the parts of the federal government whose funding was to lapse on February 15, 2019. On December 22, …

Hyde-Smith voted Yea

Motion Agreed to 87/12 on Dec 18, 2018.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the FIRST Step Act, the Senate's criminal justice reform bill. The text of this bill was replaced …

Hyde-Smith voted Yea

Conference Report Agreed to 87/13 on Dec 11, 2018.

See the Congressional Research Service's 122-page summary of the bill. * * * H.R. 2 amends and extends major programs for income support, food and …

Missed Votes

From Apr 2018 to Nov 2021, Hyde-Smith missed 23 of 1,403 roll call votes, which is 1.6%. This is on par with the median of 1.7% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

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