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Quick Facts
Personal Details

Education

  • Graduated, Copiah-Lincoln Community College
  • BA, University of Southern Mississippi, 1981

Professional Experience

  • Graduated, Copiah-Lincoln Community College
  • BA, University of Southern Mississippi, 1981
  • Cattle Farmer
  • Consultant, Healthcare & Transportation Policy

Political Experience

  • Graduated, Copiah-Lincoln Community College
  • BA, University of Southern Mississippi, 1981
  • Cattle Farmer
  • Consultant, Healthcare & Transportation Policy
  • Senator, United States Senate, Mississippi, 2018-present
  • Candidate, United States Senate, Mississippi, 2020
  • Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce, State of Mississippi, 2012-2018
  • Appointed by Governor Phil Bryant, Senator, United States Senate, District Jr., March 21st, 2018
  • Senator, Mississippi State Senate, District 39, 2000-2012

Former Committees/Caucuses

Former Chair, Agriculture Committee, Mississippi State Senate

Former Member, Rural Development and Energy Subcommittee, United States Senate

Former Member, State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Subcommittee, United States Senate

Current Legislative Committees

Member, Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry

Member, Appropriations

Member, Energy and Natural Resources

Member, Rules and Administration

Member, Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies

Member, Subcommittee on Commodities, Risk Management and Trade

Member, Subcommittee on Conservation, Forestry, and Natural Resources

Member, Subcommittee on Energy

Member, Subcommittee on Energy nd Water Development

Member, Subcommittee on Homeland Security

Member, Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies

Member, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies

Chair, Subcommittee on Legislative Branch

Chair, Subcommittee on Livestock, Marketing, and Agriculture Security

Member, Subcommittee on National Parks

Member, Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

  • Graduated, Copiah-Lincoln Community College
  • BA, University of Southern Mississippi, 1981
  • Cattle Farmer
  • Consultant, Healthcare & Transportation Policy
  • Senator, United States Senate, Mississippi, 2018-present
  • Candidate, United States Senate, Mississippi, 2020
  • Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce, State of Mississippi, 2012-2018
  • Appointed by Governor Phil Bryant, Senator, United States Senate, District Jr., March 21st, 2018
  • Senator, Mississippi State Senate, District 39, 2000-2012
  • Member, Macedonia Baptist Church, present
  • Former Member, American Cancer Society
  • Member, Copiah Lincoln Community College Foundation Board
  • Former Member, Junior Auxiliary of Brookhaven
  • Member, Lincoln County Cattlemen's Association
  • Member, Lincoln County Forestry Association
  • Member, Lincoln County Livestock Association
  • Member, Mississippi Cattlemen's Association
  • Member, Mississippi Nursery and Landscape Association
  • Former Member, Mississippi Wildlife Federation
  • Vice Chair, National Agriculture Committee of State Legislators
  • Member, National Rifle Association (NRA)
  • Charter Member, National State Agriculture Rural Leaders Organization
  • Former President, Southern Association of State Departments of Agriculture
  • Former President, Southern United States Trade Association
  • Former Co-Chair, Trump Agriculture Policy Advisory Council

Other Info

— Awards:

  • Agriculture Legislator of the Year Award, Mississippi Association of Conservation Districts
  • Ambassador Award, Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation
  • Achievement Award, Delta Council
  • Outstanding Service to Small Farmers Award, Alcorn State University
  • Distinguished Service Award, Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation
  • Award for Conservative Achievement, American Conservative Union Foundation
  • Spirit of Enterprise Award, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Millennium Honor Roll Award, National Rifle Association
  • Agriculture Legislator of the Year, Farm Bureau
  • Medal of Merit Award, National Guard of the United States
  • Outstanding Patriotic American Award, United States Selective Service System

Policy Positions

2020

Abortion

Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
- Pro-life

Budget

1. In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
- No

2. Do you support expanding federal funding to support entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare?
- Unknown Position

Education

Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
- No

Guns

Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
- No

Health Care

Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
- Yes

Campaign Finance

Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
- Unknown Position

Economy

1. Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
- Yes

2. Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
- Yes

Immigration

1. Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border?
- Yes

2. Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
- Unknown Position

National Security

1. Should the United States use military force to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a weapon of mass destruction (for example: nuclear, biological, chemical)?
- Unknown Position

2. Do you support reducing military intervention in Middle East conflicts?
- Unknown Position

Trade

Do you generally support removing barriers to international trade (for example: tariffs, quotas, etc.)?
- Yes

Defense

Do you support increasing defense spending?
- Yes

Energy and Environment

1. Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, geo-thermal)?
- Unknown Position

2. Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
- No

Speeches
Articles

Fox News - Rubio and Hyde-Smith: Congress should 'see the light,' make daylight saving time permanent

Mar. 6, 2020

By U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) This Sunday, 97 percent of Americans will be forced to change their clocks once again, "springing forward" an hour into daylight saving time (DST). The process of having to reset our clocks is an irritatingly outdated practice that we should ditch. We should instead embrace DST as a critically important way to realign daylight time to Americans' most productive hours, while also improving public health and the American economy. Thankfully, we have a solution. Our "Sunshine Protection Act" would shift the United States to permanent DST year-round, eliminating the need to worry about changing clocks in November and March. The bill, which has 12 bipartisan cosponsors, awaits action before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, which has authority over the Uniform Time Act. Standardizing DST wouldn't entail some massive change, nor would it overturn some profound legacy in American history. Originally conceived in 1916 as a wartime effort to conserve fuel in Germany, daylight saving time actually has a varied history in our nation. It only lasted half the year for most of its implementation until 2005, when it was extended to the current eight months. Yes, we endure the hassle of changing our clocks to spend 16 weeks -- 33 percent of the year -- on Standard Time. Research sheds light on the significant health benefits of extending DST for the entire year. By recalibrating the portion of the day spent in sunlight to standard work hours, studies suggest that we would see advantages to Americans' public health, including reduced risks of seasonal depression, cardiac problems and strokes. Children exercise more during DST, and adults spend substantially more time engaged in pedestrian, cycling and other recreational activities. Similarly, year-round DST would boost public safety. A Brookings study suggests it would bring a 27 percent reduction in robberies committed during the evening hour of gained sunlight, with the overall daily rate dropping by 7 percent. Another group of researchers found permanent DST could also result in fewer car accidents, reducing the rate of vehicle collisions with wildlife as traffic patterns shift an hour away from nocturnal animal behavior. Extending DST to last the entire year would also spur the economy. A JP Morgan Chase study found that Americans experience decreased economic activity while not on DST, a drop that could be avoided by making daylight saving permanent. It would also benefit our nation's agricultural sector, which ends up disproportionately affected twice a year through disruptions between farmers' schedules and their supply chain partners. Several studies also suggest that it would lead to greater energy savings. Our bill isn't radical. Despite the significant economic and health benefits, the Sunshine Protection Act doesn't alter time zones, change the total number of hours of sunlight per day, or mandate that states and territories that do not observe DST suddenly be forced to join. Instead, it represents a commonsense solution -- one supported by states as varied as Maine, Florida, California, Tennessee, South Carolina, Delaware, Oregon and Washington, and under consideration by dozens more, including Mississippi. Inconveniencing hundreds of millions of Americans to continue changing our clocks for 16 dark weeks is antiquated and outdated. With such clear advantages to year-round DST, Congress has no excuse to remain in the dark on the issue. Join us, and help #LocktheClock.

Events

2018

Nov. 25
Meridian Rally with Special Guest Senator Joni Ernst

Sun 3:45 PM – 5:00 PM CST

1808 4th St, Meridian, MS 39301-5213, United States

Nov. 25
Columbus Rally

Sun 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM CST

208 5th St S, Columbus, MS 39701-5730, United States

Nov. 24
Union County Bus Stop

Sat 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM CST

127 E Bankhead St, New Albany, MS 38652-3933, United States