Summary

Cindy Hyde-Smith was born in 1959 and is currently serving as the junior United States Senator from Mississippi. Senator Hyde-Smith was elected in 2018 and her seat will be up for election in 2024.

Cindy Hyde-Smith was appointed on April 9, 2018 by Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by long-time Senator Thad Cochran, who resigned in April 2018. Prior to her appointment to the Senate, Hyde-Smith was elected as Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce in 2011 and was reelected to that position in 2015.

Senator Hyde-Smith is currently serving on the Appropriations Committee; the Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee; the Energy and Natural Resources Committee; and the Rules and Administration Committee.

Below is Senator Hyde-Smith’s voting record and public positions on issues important to the Jewish community.

Senator Hyde-Smith responded to the American Jewish Congress 2018 Senate Candidate Questionnaire and her answers are reflected on this page.

Senator Hyde-Smith cosponsored and supported the United States-Israel Security Authorization Act of 2018, a legislation that supported full funding of security assistance to Israel as outlined in the 2016 U.S.-Israel Memorandum of Understanding. She expressed her support for the U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem. Senator Hyde-Smith opposed the Iran nuclear deal and greeted the decision of the administration to abandon the deal.

In our 2018 Senate Candidate Questionnaire, Senator Hyde-Smith responded that she supported the Israel Anti-Boycott Act and the Combating BDS Act of 2017, two pieces of legislation that aim to fight the boycott movement against Israel.

Senator Hyde-Smith did not answer the question about her position on school-sponsored prayers in public schools. 

In 2019, Senator Hyde-Smith voted for the Strengthening America’s Middle East Security Act which, among other things strengthens Israel’s security, and allows a state or local government to adopt measures to divest its assets from entities that boycott Israel.

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The American Jewish Congress 2018 Senate Candidate Questionnaire

Opposed the Iran nuclear deal https://www.hydesmith.senate.gov/content/hyde-smith-praises-trump-withdrawal-iran-nuclear-deal

Voted For the Strengthening America’s Middle East Security Act of 2019 https://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=116&session=1&vote=00016

Cosponsored the Israel Anti-Boycott Act https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/720/cosponsors

Supported the move of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem https://www.hydesmith.senate.gov/content/mississippi-leaders-jerusalem-embassy-opening

Opposed UN Security Council Resolution 2334 https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-resolution/6/cosponsors

Cosponsored the Combating BDS Act of 2017 https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/170/cosponsors

Cosponsored the United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2018 https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/2497/cosponsors

Cosponsored Senate Resolution 120 that opposes the global BDS movement https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-resolution/120