Politics & Government

Mike Hurst, who worked public corruption cases on Coast, will be U.S. attorney

Mike Hurst was confirmed unanimously by the Senate as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi.
Mike Hurst was confirmed unanimously by the Senate as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi. AP File

The man who worked on the public corruption case at the Harrison County Utility Authority will be the federal prosecutor for the Southern District of Mississippi.

Mike Hurst of Madison was confirmed by the Senate by unanimous consent late Tuesday, according to a release from U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker, who recommended Hurst, the director of the Mississippi Justice Institute, to President Donald Trump.

“The Senate has confirmed a talented attorney for this critical law-enforcement role. I am confident Mike Hurst will serve our nation and state well,” Cochran said.

In their recommendation, Cochran and Wicker noted that he was “exceptionally well-qualified to take on the important and challenging role of U.S. Attorney.”

“Mike Hurst will serve the Southern District of Mississippi with honor and distinction,” Wicker said. “President Trump made an excellent choice for this demanding role.”

Hurst served as assistant U.S. Attorney in Jackson from 2006 to 2015, working the criminal division. Before that he was legislative director and counsel to former U.S. Rep. Chip Pickering (R-Miss.), and counsel to the Constitution Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee. Hurst received his law degree from George Washington University Law School after earning an undergraduate degree at Millsaps College in Jackson.

He also unsuccessfully challenged Attorney General Jim Hood in 2015.

The nomination of William Chadwick (Chad) Lamar of Oxford to serve as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi is pending in the Senate Judiciary Committee, according to Cochran’s office.

Paul Hampton: 228-284-7296, @JPaulHampton

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