JACKSON, Miss. (WTOK) - Mike Hurst took the oath of office Wednesday as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi. The oath was administered by U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan in Jackson.
Hurst, a Hickory native, was nominated by President Donald J. Trump in June and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate Oct. 3, 2017.
“I am honored and humbled by this opportunity to return to the U.S. Attorney’s Office to do the work of justice and serve the people of Mississippi. We have some of the hardest working, most caring people in this office, and I look forward to partnering with our state and
local law enforcement to make sure people are protected, victims are served, and our communities are safer,” said Hurst.
Hurst most recently served as the director of the Mississippi Justice Institute, a division of the Mississippi Center for Public Policy. Before starting MJI, he was the Republican nominee for Mississippi Attorney General in 2015.
From 2006 until February 2015, Hurst was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Jackson, where he focused primarily on fighting public corruption. He received numerous awards from the Department of Justice, Homeland Security, and other federal law enforcement agencies.
Hurst graduated from East Central Community College in Decatur, Millsaps College in Jackson, as well as The George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C.