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GOP's Cindy Hyde-Smith sworn in as Mississippi senator

Hyde-Smith is the first woman to represent Mississippi as a senator. Hyde-Smith is the first woman to represent Mississippi as a senator.
Hyde-Smith is the first woman to represent Mississippi as a senator. Hyde-Smith is the first woman to represent Mississippi as a senator.

By LISA MASCARO and EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith made history Monday when she was sworn into the Senate as the first woman to represent Mississippi in the chamber. It's a milestone that strategists hope will propel the former agricultural commissioner and early President Donald Trump supporter when she faces a tough election in fall.

Vice President Mike Pence arrived at the Capitol to swear her in as colleagues looked on. Hyde-Smith was tapped by the state's Gov. Phil Bryant as a surprise pick to fill the seat for ailing GOP Sen. Thad Cochran, who resigned April 1.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says, "I know I speak for all senators on both sides of the aisle in welcoming our new colleague.

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