Since 2003, Attorney General Jim Hood Has Established New Programs And Expanded Successful Initiatives To Better Protect Families, Consumers And Businesses.
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 fourth term in office, Attorney General Hood continues to implement new programs and to expand the successful initiatives he began when he was elected.
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. He founded the nation’s leading Cyber Crime Unit and Fusion Center. Based in the Attorney General’s office, the Cyber Crime Fusion Center is the hub from which state, federal and local agencies investigate and prosecute internet predators who target children and vulnerable adults.
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 for home repair fraud, price gouging, identity theft and financial scams. General Hood has placed increased emphasis on holding giant national corporations accountable for their actions, including pharmaceutical firms, securities companies, mortgage firms, software makers and even Internet search engine provider, Google. Through the efforts of the Attorney General’s Office, more than $3 billion has been recovered for the taxpayers of Mississippi.
Attorney General Hood will continue to fight for better protection for children, senior citizens and consumers in Mississippi. Through his work with the National Association of Attorneys General he has been instrumental in developing a national emphasis on hazardous counterfeit products, cyber initiatives and child protective programs.
Attorney General Hood received his J.D. from the University of Mississippi in December 1988. After graduation he served as a clerk with the Mississippi Supreme Court, as an Assistant Attorney General and as District Attorney for the Third Judicial District. He was educated in the public schools of Chickasaw County. He is a fifth generation Mississippian and an avid outdoorsman and hunter. He and his wife, Debbie, have three children – Rebecca, Matthew and Annabelle.