Former federal prosecutor Mike Hurst filed paperwork today at the Mississippi Republican Party headquarters to run for Attorney General. Hurst, his wife Celeste, and their four children are residents of Madison.
Hurst, who will hold a press conference next week to discuss plans for his campaign and his agenda for the Mississippi Attorney General’s office, made the following statement:
“Mississippians need and deserve an Attorney General who will fight for and protect them. I have the proven experience and track record as a criminal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the unwavering determination necessary to see that our people in Mississippi get the honest services we deserve from our government and all of our public officials. As your next Attorney General, I will be Mississippi’s prosecutor, continuing my crusade to root out public corruption in our state and holding corrupt public officials accountable. I look forward to discussing with voters other matters that are important to our future as I travel our state and work to earn the trust and support of Mississippians over the coming weeks and months. Celeste and I are proud to be raising our four children here in the Great State of Mississippi. We look forward to the opportunity to continue to serve our fellow citizens, and we genuinely ask for your prayers and support.”
Just today, Hurst resigned his position as Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division, which he has held since 2006, in order to run for Attorney General. In his time in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mike prosecuted some of the largest and most complex public corruption and white collar cases in the state’s history, including the recent bribery case against former Mississippi Department of Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps.
Hurst is a native of Newton County, Mississippi, and a graduate of Millsaps College in Jackson and The George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. From 2000 until 2003, Hurst practiced law at Troutman Sanders LLP in Washington. From 2003 until beginning his service as Assistant U.S. Attorney in 2006, he served as Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee and later as Legislative Director and Counsel in the Washington office of Congressman Chip Pickering.
Hurst was recently awarded the U.S. Department of Justice’s 2014 Executive Office of the United States Attorneys Director’s Award for Outstanding Prosecution of Fraud and Service to Fraud Prevention, relating to the prosecution of the largest and most complex commercial mortgage fraud Ponzi scheme ever committed in the history of the State of Mississippi. His legal affiliations and activities include memberships in the Mississippi Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, the Mississippi Prosecutors Association, and the Federalist Society.