WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate late Tuesday confirmed D. Michael Hurst to be the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi in a unanimous vote.

Hurst will serve a four year term. He was nominated in June by President Donald Trump after receiving a recommendation from Mississippi’s U.S. Senators, Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker.

“The Senate has confirmed a talented attorney for this critical law-enforcement role. I am confident Mike Hurst will serve our nation and state well,” Cochran said.

“Mike Hurst will serve the Southern District of Mississippi with honor and distinction,”Wicker added. “President Trump made an excellent choice for this demanding role.”

In their recommendation of Hurst to President Trump, Cochran and Wicker noted that he was “exceptionally well-qualified to take on the important and challenging role of U.S. Attorney.”

Hurst is the current director of the Mississippi Justice Institute, a division of the Mississippi Center for Public Policy. He served as Assistant U.S. Attorney in Jackson from 2006 to 2015, working the criminal division.  Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s office, Hurst was legislative director and counsel to former U.S. Representative Chip Pickering, as well as counsel to the Constitution Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee. Hurst is a graduate of Millsaps College and the George Washington University Law School.