U.S. Senate confirms Hurst

By BRENT MAZE,

Mike Hurst is heading back to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, but this time, he will be leading the district’s office.

After President Donald Trump made the appointment this summer, the Newton County native was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate last week. He was sworn in officially on Tuesday.

Hurst will serve as the lead U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi, which includes Newton County.

“I’m excited for this opportunity to receive confirmation and work under the U.S. Department of Justice to serve as U.S. District Attorney,” Hurst said. “Growing up, I never thought I would be a U.S. Attorney. But being from Newton County, that has instilled in me the meaning of hard work and it has prepared me for this position.”

One thing that Hurst believes gave him an advantage in the appointment process is due to his previous service as an assistant U.S. Attorney.

“I do think that it helped that I was already familiar with the position after I worked as an assistant U.S. Attorney,” Hurst said. “I’m already familiar with the players in the district, and I have worked on numerous cases. I have a lot of experience with the position.”

Hurst is the current director of the Mississippi Justice Institute, a division of the Mississippi Center for Public Policy.  He worked the criminal division as assistant U.S. Attorney in Jackson from 2006 to 2015, when he resigned to run for Mississippi Attorney General.

Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s office, Hurst was legislative director and counsel to former U.S. Rep. Chip Pickering (R-Miss.), as well as counsel to the Constitution Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee.  Hurst is a graduate of Millsaps College and the George Washington University Law School.

“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,” said Sen. Thad Cochran said.

Sen. Roger Wicker echoed Cochran.

“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 said is role will be a little different from before, as he will be coordinating cases with the other assistant attorneys in his office.

“I will be working closely with each of the assistant attorneys and I will be the one who sets priorities for our team and working closely with the Department of Justice to serve the Southern District,” Hurst said.

Hurst said he’s received a number of phone calls expressing congratulations over being appointed as a U.S. Attorney.

“It’s been a great week,” Hurst said. “I’ve heard from a lot of people I haven’t heard from in a while from back home. They are all excited for me. I’m so thankful for their support.”