Jim Hood served as Attorney General of Mississippi from 2004-2020. Prior to being elected as Attorney General, he served as a law clerk at the Mississippi Supreme Court and as a special assistant attorney general for five years. In 1995, he was elected the district attorney for seven counties in North Mississippi. During his eight years as district attorney, he tried more than 100 jury trials.
He personally prosecuted several historical cases, including the 2005 trial for the leader of the 1964 murder of three civil rights workers in a case which was previously depicted in the movie “Mississippi Burning.” He successfully argued a death penalty case he tried as district attorney before the United States Supreme Court.
After hurricane Katrina hit the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 2005, General Hood investigated insurance companies for changing engineering reports. As a result of his litigation, the companies reopened claims and paid over $250 million in additional payments to insureds. In his 16 years as AG, he recovered over $3 billion for the taxpayers of Mississippi.
By taking on the insurance industry, General Hood worked alongside WMC and the whistleblowers in U.S. ex rel. Rigsby v. State Farm, 1:06-cv-00433, which was the first case in history that a jury found that one of FEMA’s insurance companies intentionally defrauded the federal government. The case was appealed all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and was affirmed 8-0 in favor of the whistleblowing Rigsby sisters.
As the father of three, General Hood fought to protect children from dangers on the internet. He led the attorneys general in working with internet service providers and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to filter and flag pornographic images of children. He established the Mississippi’s Cyber Crime Fusion Center, a state-wide Internet Crimes Against Children task force and initiatives to prevent cyberbullying, workplace and school violence, a dedicated domestic violence unit, 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.
In 2014 as President of the National Association of Attorneys General, General Hood lead the charge to hold technology firms responsible for teen sex trafficking, sale of counterfeit and illegal drugs over the internet, intellectual property theft and theft of consumers’ private information.
He serves on the Board of Directors for Jason Foundation (which is dedicated to preventing teen suicide), the National Association of Model State Drug Laws, and as a Non-Regional Director for the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C).
General Hood lives on his farm in the Hills of Northeast Mississippi. He is an avid outdoorsman and hunter. He and his wife, Debbie have three children: Rebecca, Matthew and Annabelle Leigh.