WASHINGTON, D.C. Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood was elected president of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) during its Summer Meeting, June 3-5 in Mackinac Island, Mich.
Attorney General Hood said his NAAG presidential initiative will focus on challenges facing the attorneys general in fighting digital crime and protecting intellectual property rights.
”It is an honor to be chosen for this position by my peers from around the country,” said Hood, a native of Houston. ”I look forward to working with my colleagues on many issues of public concern and most especially those focusing on intellectual property theft. It is a pleasure to serve at both the state and national levels.”
Since his election in 2003 as Mississippi Attorney General, Hood has consistently advocated for crime victims and worked to safeguard Mississippi s most vulnerable citizens, children and the elderly. Now serving his second term in office, Attorney General Hood continues to implement new programs and to expand the successful initiatives begun during his first term.
Attorney General Hood received his J.D. from the University of Mississippi in December 1988. After graduation he served as a clerk with the Mississippi Supreme Court, as an Assistant Attorney General for five years and as District Attorney for the Third Judicial District for eight years.
He was educated in the public schools of Chickasaw County. He is a fifth generation Mississippian and an avid outdoorsman and hunter.
He and his wife, Debbie, have three children; Rebecca, Matthew and Annabelle.
The NAAG leadership transition took place Thursday and Wisconsin Attorney General, JB Van Hollen, concluded his 2013-2014 NAAG presidential term by acknowledging the discussions and work done on his initiative, “America’s Promise: Keeping Our Kids Safe.”
“It has been a tremendous honor to serve as NAAG president this past year and I thank my colleagues from across the country for their confidence and their support, as well as NAAG staff for their contributions to my Presidential Initiative,” said Attorney General Van Hollen. ”NAAG serves our respective states well, and I m hopeful, having taken a leading role in the organization s new five-year strategic plan, that it will continue to grow and continue to be a positive force for the rule of law and for public safety across the nation.”
South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley was elected President-Elect, Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen was elected Vice President, and Attorney General Van Hollen became Immediate Past President for the 2014-2015 term.
The Association elects its officers yearly, through geographical rotation by region. Election of the four officers president, president-elect, vice president and immediate past president, takes place at the annual NAAG Summer Meeting.