WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTOK) - Nominees to serve as U.S. attorney for the state of Mississippi were announced Thursday by President Donald Trump. The names were included in the second wave of nominations.
D. Michael Hurst, Jr., was chosen to serve as the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi. William C. Lamar was nominated to serve as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District.
According to a bio from The White House, Hurst is currently the director of the Mississippi Justice Institute and general counsel for the Mississippi Center for Public Policy. From 2006 to 2015 Hurst served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of Mississippi, where he prosecuted public corruption, white collar, and immigration cases, among others. He previously served as legislative director and counsel to Congressman Chip Pickering, as well as counsel to the Constitution Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee. He graduated from Millsaps College and from the George Washington University Law School.
Lamar has been an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Mississippi since 1991. He has served as chief of the Criminal Division since April 2014, and was the senior litigation counsel and appellate chief from 2008 to 2014. Lamar has received several awards for his prosecution work, including the Executive Office for United States Attorneys Director’s Award in 2004. From 1990 to 1991, Lamar clerked for the Honorable Neal B. Biggers, Jr., of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi. He graduated from Millsaps College and the University of Mississippi School of Law.