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Jim Hood


Mississippi Attorney General (2003 - 2019)

Quick Facts
Personal Details


Full Name:

Jim Hood




Wife: Debbie; 3 Children: Rebecca, Matthew, Annabelle

Birth Date:


Birth Place:

New Houlka, MS




BA, University of Mississippi

JD, University of Mississippi, 1988

Political Experience

Attorney General, State of Mississippi, 2003-2020

Candidate, Governor of Mississippi, 2019

Professional Experience

Founder, Crime Prevention and Victims Services Division, Mississippi Attorney General's Office

Founder, Cyber Crime Unit Fusion Center, Mississippi Attorney General's Office

Founder, Domestic Violence Unit, Mississippi Attorney General's Office

Assistant Attorney General, Drug Asset Forfeiture Unit, State of Mississippi

Founder, Identity Theft Unit, Mississippi Attorney General's Office

District Attorney, Third Circuit Court District, State of Mississippi

Founder, Vulnerable Adults Unit, Mississippi Attorney General's Office

Clerk, Mississippi Supreme Court, 1988-1989

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

Board of Directors Member, Jason Foundation

Board of Directors Member, National Association of Model State Drug Laws

Non-Regional Director, National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C)

President, National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), 2014-2015

Additional Information

Hobbies or Special Talents:

Avid outdoorsman and hunter


Issue Position: Grocery Tax

Jan. 1, 2019

Jim Hood believes that hardworking Mississippi families deserve a tax break. When Mississippians go to the grocery store to buy food for their families, they pay an extra seven percent of their final bill in sales taxes. For many families, that extra cost is the difference between a few more containers of baby food or a gallon of milk for their children. Families with the lowest incomes often have the most trouble paying sales taxes. In 33 states across the nation, grocery goods are fully exempt from sales taxes and families don't have to pay this extra burden just to put food on the table. Six more states tax groceries at a lower rate than their full sales tax rate and four states offer some form of tax credit or rebate to offset the costs. Mississippi levies its full sales tax rate on grocery goods. Jim Hood wants to move Mississippi in line with most states in the nation by reducing the rate families pay in sales taxes on grocery goods. Cutting the grocery tax. Jim Hood thinks we can make a significant impact in the lives and pocketbooks of working families in Mississippi by cutting the sales tax rate on groceries by half. Under Hood's plan, food purchased for home consumption would be taxed at a rate of 3.5 percent instead of the full 7 percent under current state law. Hood expects this reduction to save Mississippi households an average of $153 per year. The reduction in state revenue would be offset by eliminating waste and corporate tax giveaways to large, out-of-state corporations. Hood will work with the Legislature to ensure sales tax diversions to local governments are not reduced as a result of his plan. One option is to divert all the revenue collected from internet sales taxes back to cash strapped local governments. Providing tax relief for working families, not out-of-state corporations. For too long, legislative leaders like Tate Reeves have crowed about cutting taxes, but working Mississippians hardly see the benefit. Since 2012, Reeves has handed out $765 million in tax giveaways, mainly to benefit large, out-of-state corporations. For example, the Legislature eliminated the franchise tax that businesses pay on capital investment. By 2028, the current $276 million in franchise taxes, 79 percent of which is paid by out-of-state corporations, will be fully eliminated. When politicians crow about how many times they've cut taxes, look at your own pocketbook to see how much tax relief you've gotten. As governor, Jim Hood will bring tax relief to working families by rolling back the sales tax collected on groceries.

Issue Position: Healthcare

Jan. 1, 2019

Healthcare Jim Hood believes that every Mississippian should have the same access to healthcare. Now, more than hundreds of thousands of Mississippians are without healthcare and Mississippi's been shortchanged more than $5 billion simply because of petty, partisan politics. As a result, five rural hospitals in Mississippi have closed, and nearly half are at risk. We must finally come together and do what's best for the state by accepting more than $1 billion per year from the federal government to extend health coverage to more Mississippians. Doing so will help keep our rural hospitals open and reduce the more than $600 million per year in losses that hospitals have been forced to absorb. Increasing healthcare coverage. In Mississippi, around 300,000 adults would benefit from reforming Medicaid--nearly 100,000 of those individuals live in poverty without health insurance. When they need healthcare, they often go to emergency rooms instead of primary care physicians. As a result, hospitals provide healthcare services at no charge to the patients, absorbing most costs and putting themselves at financial risk. Mississippi can change this cycle by reforming our Medicaid program and extending health coverage to eligible Mississippians. The federal government will give Mississippi more than $1 billion per year to increase the eligibility for Medicaid to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. For a family of three, this amounts to an income of $28,676 per year or $16,753 for an individual. Keeping our rural hospitals open. As a result of uninsured Mississippians receiving primary healthcare through emergency room visits, our hospitals are struggling. Uncompensated care costs hospitals more than $600 million annually. Since 2013, five rural hospitals have shut their doors due to these staggering figures. A recent independent study shows nearly half of Mississippi's rural hospitals are at risk of closure. We can improve the financial stability of hospitals by increasing Medicaid eligibility limits and health coverage, thereby providing hospitals with reimbursements through Medicaid. Improving outcomes. Various studies have shown the positive impact of accepting federal healthcare aid. In rural state's that have accepted these federal funds, more patients received asthma treatments, gained control of their blood pressure, and received appropriate weight screenings and follow ups. Extending health coverage to eligible individuals has also helped combat the opioid crisis by increasing access to opioid addiction therapies. In Mississippi, 14.2 percent of adults have diabetes, costing the state about $3.4 billion each year. States that accepted federal funding to increase health coverage saw prescriptions for diabetes medications filled at increased rates. Growing Mississippi's economy. Not only will Jim Hood's plan improve health outcomes in Mississippi, it will grow the economy. Studies have indicated Mississippi can expect to see anywhere from 8,000 to 19,000 jobs created from accepting federal healthcare aid. One full year after Louisiana did so, it saw an increase of $3.48 billion in business activity, a $1.1 billion boost to personal income, and $177.8 million in additional state and local tax receipts. In Mississippi, studies indicate the state could see additional revenue anywhere from $48 million to $105 million per year. In many rural communities across Mississippi, healthcare jobs are some of the best paying in the area. We must do everything we can to leverage healthcare as an economic driver in Mississippi. Eliminating fraud, waste, and abuse. In 2015 alone, improper payments resulting from fraud, waste, and abuse cost states $29 billion. As governor, Jim Hood will focus on embracing and improving upon best practices to detect fraud and save Mississippi money through methods such as: provider screening; prior authorization and pre-payment reviews; and post-payment review and recovery. Additionally, Hood will build upon his success as attorney general in combatting elder abuse and working with Medicaid's Program Integrity Unit to identify fraud in healthcare benefits programs. Improving rural healthcare access. In Mississippi, there are 64.4 primary physicians for every 100,000 residents--far below the 90.8 national median. Jim Hood will support efforts to increase funding for scholarship opportunities for medical students committing to practice in rural communities after graduation, as well as expanding telemedicine across Mississippi.

Issue Position: Workforce Training

Jan. 1, 2019

Jim Hood believes the nature of our nation's employment is changing as automation moves workers into more technical fields. To compete on the national and global stages, Mississippi must act fast. As governor, Jim Hood has four key workforce training priorities to move Mississippi forward and meet businesses' needs: Statewide Tuition Assistance Program for community college studentsExpand apprenticeship programsWorkKeys certification for graduating high-school seniorsA statewide program to teach high schoolers essential job skillsIn total, these programs would cost $18 million per year. Implementing statewide tuition-free community college. Mississippi's community college system is among the best in the nation. Our community and junior colleges allow students to acquire skills necessary before entering the workforce, and, for others, offset the costs of four-year university tuition. We should be doing all we can to enable students to attend these institutions. Unfortunately, legislative budget cuts led by Tate Reeves have led to average per semester tuition at Mississippi community colleges rising by more than 40 percent over the past seven years. As governor, Jim Hood will support implementing a statewide tuition-free community college system for eligible high school students. Under Jim Hood's plan, high school graduates would apply for the program through their community college's financial aid office. The program would function as a "last dollar scholarship." Meaning, all other state and federal grants and scholarships, such as Pell Grant or the Mississippi Tuition Assistance Grant, would apply toward the student's tuition before Hood's program fills the remaining tuition gap. In the case that a student does not qualify for any other scholarship, grants, or financial assistance, Hood's plan would cover the full tuition cost. Students must be enrolled in 15 hours of classes for four consecutive semesters and maintain a 2.5 GPA to remain eligible. Eight counties in Northeast Mississippi have banded together to offer this exact program. Between 2008 and 2018, the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) in Northeast Mississippi cost those counties only $4.2 million. Tennessee based their original tuition free community college system off TAP and offers a similar program statewide. Hood estimates the program to cost about $6 million to $6.5 million per year. Hood will call for $8 million per year in funding for the program with excess funds deposited into revolving fund to ensure funding is available during years of sluggish revenue collections. Expanding apprenticeship programs. Apprenticeship programs provide workers with work-based learning opportunities and jump start their careers within a company or industry. For employers, apprenticeship programs help develop highly skilled workers, reduce turnover rates, and reduce recruitment costs. As governor, Jim Hood will increase investment in apprenticeship programs at our community colleges and technical schools to create a pipeline of qualified workers that meets current and future industry needs. Jim proposes using $5 million per year to provide 500 new apprenticeship slots across Mississippi every year. Helping students earn industry recognized certification. Increasingly, employers are looking for employees with industry-recognized certifications. Mississippi should be helping workers earn these certifications to compete in today's job market. Jim Hood proposes using $2 million to provide ACT WorkKeys assessments to high school seniors in Mississippi public schools. Students who successfully complete WorkKeys earn an industry recognized National Career Readiness Certificate, and help their resume stand out on an employer's desk. Additionally, by helping students earn WorkKeys certifications, Mississippi can help counties earn Work Ready Community status showing businesses Mississippians are ready to work. Teaching high-school students essential job skills. Mississippi should be doing more to prepare high school students for work before they enter the workforce. Currently, the Mississippi Partnership workforce region in Northeast Mississippi operates a Gateway Program that teaches high schoolers essential job skills, offers career guidance, assesses WorkKeys skills, and connects them with paid work experiences. As governor, Jim Hood will support expanding a Gateway Program statewide to all four workforce development areas. Participants will learn essential job skills such as: Appearance/dressAttitude and body languageAttendance and punctualityCommunication and following instructionsFinancial knowledge and managementProblem solving and critical thinkingSocial media use and use of electronic devicesAfter completion of the essential jobs skills training, program participants will receive a completion certificate and be eligible to receive a paid work/internship experience with a local employer in a high growth industry. The work/internship experience will be offered in the summer months when public schools are closed, allowing students to earn real work experience. Jim Hood proposes disbursing these funds through annual $750,000 grants to each of the four local workforce development areas (LWDA) in Mississippi. The LWDAs will have the option of administering the program themselves or partnering with local organizations. The grant money will allow creation of 500 program slots per LWDA each year. In total, the program will use only $3 million of state funding.



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