Jim Hood is the 39th Attorney General of Mississippi. He first took office in 2004; since then, he has been known for his advocacy for crime victims and his initiatives aimed at protecting Mississippi’s most vulnerable citizens, including children, the disabled, and the elderly. He is currently one of only a handful of Democrats who hold statewide constitutional offices in the South. Hood most recently won reelection to his fourth term in 2015.
Early Life and Education
Jim Hood, born on May 15, 1962 in New Houlka, is a fifth generation Mississippian. His parents named him after the Book of James, which, as he points out, “talks about taking care of the least among us.”
In 1988, Hood received his JD from the University of Mississippi at Oxford, where he had previously received his bachelor’s degree. As an undergraduate, Hood was a member of the fraternity Pi Kappa Alpha.
Prior to being elected Attorney General, Hood served as a law clerk at the Mississippi Supreme Court and as a Special Assistant Attorney General. In 1995, he was elected to oversee seven counties in north Mississippi as District Attorney; during his eight years in that position, he tried over 100 jury trials. He has personally prosecuted several historic cases, including the 2005 trial of Edgar Ray Killen for planning the 1964 murder of three civil rights workers, an incident that was depicted in the acclaimed 1988 film Mississippi Burning.
Hood is currently in his fourth term as Attorney General, and is the only statewide elected Democrat in Mississippi.
Hood worked hard for the recovery of Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina, setting up several homeowner assistance programs designed to help homeowners whose insurance did not fully cover Katrina-related damages. These programs helped significantly shorten the recovery time from similar tragedies. Hood’s leadership is often credited with allowing homeowners drastically better opportunities for recovery compared to neighboring states that suffered from Katrina.
Hood has led initiatives to stop workplace and school violence. He has also established a dedicated domestic violence unit, and statewide restraining order registry. Hood has developed several other unique units in his office, including the Deadbeat Parent Child Support Prosecution Unit, the Vulnerable Adults Unit, the Victims Compensation Unit, the Insurance Fraud Unit, and the Intellectual Property Theft Task Force.
Hood has also led new efforts and programs to help educate consumers. His Consumer Protection Division leads statewide efforts to investigate and prosecute consumer fraud, scams, identity theft, home repair fraud, price gouging, and dangerous counterfeit products.
Hood lives in Chickasaw County with his wife Debra “Debbie” Lynn Hood and their three children, Rebecca, Matthew, and Annabelle Leigh. He and his family are members of the Baptist Church. Hood is also an avid outdoorsman and hunter.