Attorney General of Mississippi
Now in his fourth term, Jim Hood has served as attorney general for the state of Mississippi since 2004. Prior to his statewide service, Jim served as district attorney for seven counties in North Mississippi, a special assistant attorney general under Attorney General Mike Moore, and a law clerk in the Mississippi Supreme Court. Altogether, Jim has 25 years of service to Mississippi. His commitment to the people has earned him the reputation as a dedicated prosecutor who’s focused on protecting Mississippi families.
As attorney general, Jim Hood has:
- Held giant national corporations such as securities firms, mortgage companies, pharmaceutical companies, software makers, and internet and search service providers accountable for deceptive trade practices. Under Attorney General Hood’s leadership, the Attorney General’s Office has recovered more than $3 billion for Mississippi taxpayers.
- Prioritized protecting children from internet predators and founded the nation’s leading Cyber Crime Unit and Fusion Center. The Attorney General’s Office Cyber Crime Fusion Center serves as the hub for local, state, and federal agencies to investigate and prosecute internet predators who target children and vulnerable adults.
- Stood up to big insurance companies that tried to exploit victims of Hurricane Katrina. AG Hood worked to strengthen laws to protect consumers, and prosecuted offenders for home repair fraud, price gouging, identity theft, and financial scams.
- Led the fight against the opioid crisis. Attorney General Hood filed a lawsuit in December 2018 against several opioid manufacturers for failing to provide proper oversight of drug orders in the state of Mississippi.
- Advocated for increased awareness around mental health issues. In 2017, Attorney General Hood convened the state’s first Mental Health Task Force to discuss innovative approaches in dealing with mental health issues in the state.
- Championed domestic violence initiatives. Under AG Hood’s leadership, the Attorney General’s Office established a dedicated domestic violence unit and statewide restraining order registry. The Attorney General’s Office also works with local law enforcement agencies, judges and court systems, school officials, and advocacy groups to provide updated information on domestic violence laws and best practices in responding and handling these difficult cases.
- Developed several unique units within the Attorney General’s Office including the Deadbeat Parent Child Support Prosecution Unit, the Vulnerable Adults Unit, the Victims’ Compensation Unit, the Insurance Fraud Unit, and the Intellectual Property Theft Task Force Unit.
- Prosecuted the 1964 murder of three civil rights workers. In 2005, Attorney General Hood reopened the investigation and prosecuted Edgar Ray Killen for the murder of three civil rights workers: James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner.
- Took on BP following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on the Mississippi Gulf Coast to hold them accountable and provide relief to the residents and businesses affected, recovering more than $1 billion.
- Protected and educated consumers. The AGO’s consumer protection division leads statewide efforts to prosecute consumer frauds and scams, identity theft, price gouging, and dangerous counterfeit products.
Additionally, Attorney General Hood has been involved and committed to the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), where he’s served as a past president and led several committees. He has served on the boards of several national organizations, including the Jason Foundation (which is dedicated to preventing teen suicide), the National Association of Model State Drug Laws, and as a non-regional director for the National White-Collar Criminal Center.
Jim Hood is a native of Chickasaw County, Mississippi where he lives with his wife, Debbie, and three children: Rebecca, Matthew, and Annabelle.