As Attorney General of Mississippi, Jim Hood has been an aggressive prosecutor and dedicated public servant who is committed to protecting the citizens of our state and to making Mississippi a safer place to live.
Now serving his third term in office, General Hood continues to implement new programs and to expand the successful initiatives begun after his election in 2003.
Passionate champion of children.
General Hood has worked tirelessly to prevent children from being abused and exploited, especially by internet predators. His efforts to crack down on child pornographers – many of whom are now serving time behind bars — are a model for other states.
General Hood has tried more than 100 jury cases as an assistant attorney general and as a district attorney. As Attorney General, he has sought justice regardless of the passage of time, successfully prosecuting Edgar Ray Killen for the 1964 murders of three civil rights workers – James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner.
Friend of consumers.
After Hurricane Katrina ravaged Mississippi, bringing with it unscrupulous opportunists, General Hood worked to strengthen laws to protect consumers, while prosecuting offenders for home repair fraud, price gouging, identity theft, and financial scams. He took on the big insurance companies to force them to make good on homeowners’ policies.
Watchdog over corporate wrong-doers.
General Hood has placed increased emphasis on holding giant corporations accountable for their actions, including pharmaceutical firms, securities companies, mortgage companies, software firms and even Internet search engine provider, Google. Through the efforts of the Attorney General’s Office, more than $860 million has been returned to the taxpayers of Mississippi.
Guardian of the Gulf Coast.
General Hood is currently working with fellow Coastal Attorneys General to continue to provide relief to Coast residents and business owners as a result of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. He will ensure that Mississippi collects every dime it is owed for the Gulf Coast disaster.