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Attorney General

Mississippi

Democratic

Current

starts 01/14/2004

Biography

As Attorney General of Mississippi, Jim Hood has been an aggressive prosecutor and committed public servant who is committed to protecting the citizens of our state and to making Mississippi a safer place to live.
Since his election in 2003, and earlier as a district attorney in North Mississippi,Attorney General Hood has consistently advocated for crime victims and worked to safeguard Mississippi’s most vulnerable citizens – children and the elderly. Now serving his second term in office, Attorney General Hood continues to implement new programs and to expand the successful initiatives begun during his first term.
Attorney General Hood is a passionate champion of children. He has worked tirelessly to prevent children from being abused and exploited, and to rescue those who have already fallen prey to those who do them harm. As a prosecutor, Attorney General Hood has tried more than 100 jury cases while serving as an AssistantAttorney General and as a District Attorney. He has successfully prosecuted several historic cases, including the prosecution and conviction of Edgar Ray Killen for the 1964 murders of three civil rights workers.
As Attorney General, Jim Hood has launched initiatives to prevent workplace and school violence, and stalking and domestic assault. Attorney General Hood has developed and distributed numerous publications to assist and educate both consumers and other public service entities. After Hurricane Katrina ravaged Mississippi, bringing with it unscrupulous opportunists who victimized citizens, Attorney General Hood worked to strengthen laws to protect consumers, while ceaselessly prosecuting offenders cases of home repair fraud, price gouging, identity theft, and financial scams. Attorney General Hood has also placed emphasis on protecting the utility ratepayers of Mississippi by ensuring that public utilities that hold monopolies on power operate with the utmost transparency so that consumers are not overcharged. He will continue to fight for better protection for children, senior citizens and consumers in Mississippi.
Attorney General Hood spearheaded a national emphasis with other Attorneys General on hazardous counterfeit products, cyber initiatives, and child protective programs. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Jason Foundation; the National Association of Model State Drug Laws, and as a Non-Regional Director for the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C).In addition, Attorney General Hood serves as Vice President of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) and Co-Chairs its Executive Working Group on Prosecutorial Relations and Intellectual Property Committee.

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