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.
Read our 2020 Report Card for Hyde-Smith.
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.
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Cindy Hyde-Smith sits on the following committees:
Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
- Livestock, Dairy, Poultry, Local Food Systems, and Food Safety and Security subcommittee Ranking Member
Senate Committee on Appropriations
- Financial Services and General Government subcommittee Ranking Member
- Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
- Senate Committee on Rules and Administration
Hyde-Smith was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:
- S. 2581 (116th): Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2020
- S. 1182 (116th): A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 201 West Cherokee Street in Brookhaven, Mississippi, as the “Deputy Donald William Durr, …
- S. 3098 (115th): A bill to amend title 5, United States Code, to clarify the sources of the authority to issue regulations regarding certifications and other criteria applicable to legislative …
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).
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%)
Some of Hyde-Smith’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S.Res. 376: A resolution designating the week of September 19 through September 25, 2021, as …
- S. 755: Emergency Water Infrastructure Improvements Act of 2021
- S. 702: Gun Owner Registration Information Protection Act
- S.J.Res. 6: A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States …
- S. 77: Protecting Life and Integrity in Research Act of 2021
- S. 78: SAVE Moms and Babies Act of 2021
- S.Res. 664 (116th): A resolution designating the week of September 20 through September 26, 2020, …
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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