JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Republican U.S. senator from Mississippi has taken her oath of office nearly three weeks after winning a special election.
Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith was administered the oath Monday in Washington by the Senate's president pro tempore, Republican Orin Hatch of Utah.
It's the second time Hyde-Smith has been sworn into the Senate. The first time was in April, when she was appointed to temporarily succeed retired Republican Sen. Thad Cochran.
Hyde-Smith defeated Democratic challenger Mike Espy in a Nov. 27 special election runoff and will finish the final two years of the six-year term Cochran started.
State election officials last week certified the special election results, with Hyde-Smith winning 54 percent to Espy's 46 percent.
Hyde-Smith is the first woman elected to represent Mississippi in either chamber of Congress.