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Former U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst

Former U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst

Former U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst

D. Michael Hurst, Jr. was sworn in as the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi on October 10, 2017. Prior to his presidential appointment, Mr. Hurst was the founder and director of the Mississippi Justice Institute (MJI), a division of the Mississippi Center for Public Policy. Before starting MJI, he was the Republican nominee for Mississippi Attorney General in 2015. 

From 2006 until February 2015, Hurst served as an Assistant United States Attorney within the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Jackson, where he focused primarily on fighting public corruption. He received numerous awards from the Department of Justice, Homeland Security, and other federal law enforcement agencies.

Before going to work for the US Attorney’s Office, Hurst served on the staff of Congressman Chip Pickering in Washington, DC. Prior to that, he was Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, Constitution Subcommittee. He practiced law at Troutman Sanders in Washington, DC, after graduating from law school.

Hurst is originally from Hickory, Mississippi, and is a graduate of East Central Community College in Decatur, and Millsaps College in Jackson, as well as The George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C.

Updated January 22, 2021