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New U.S. Attorney for Southern Mississippi confirmed by Senate

By: Jeremy Pittari - September 29, 2023

Todd Gee will assume the office of U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi. That office is currently leading the investigation into alleged misuse of TANF welfare funds.

On Friday morning, the U.S. Senate confirmed Todd Gee’s appointment to serve as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi.

President Biden had appointed Gee to serve back in September of 2022, but the nomination had been held up in Washington gridlock.

As recently as Wednesday, the appointment had been set for floor debate, but hit a road block when Senator J.D. Vance (R-OH) made a procedural motion that delayed action on the nomination.

Friday, just after noon, the Senate held a roll call that ended with Gee’s, and one other appointment for a U.S. Attorney in California, being approved. The vote was 82 for and 8 against for Gee’s nomination. Nine members of the Senate did not vote.

Gee is a Vicksburg native, though most of his work experience has occurred outside of the state. Gee earned a law degree from Tulane University in 2003. After graduating from law school, he clerked for a federal magistrate judge in Oregon between 2003-2005, before moving to Washington, D.C.

From 2005-2007, Gee worked for the Committee on Homeland Security in the House of Representatives, first as a Senior Policy Advisor and then as Chief Counsel. Following his time with the Homeland Security Committee, Gee went to work as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in D.C. for eight years.

Since 2018, Gee has served as Deputy Chief of the Public Integrity Section of the U.S. Department of Justice. In his new role, Gee will take up the federal case investigating the alleged misspending of $77 million in TANF welfare funds.

Gee’s grandfather, Nathaniel Bullard, was the Mayor of Vicksburg from 1973 until 1977.

Gee replaces former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi Mike Hurst, who was appointed by former President Donald Trump back in 2017. Hurst served in that position until 2021 when he stepped down.

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Jeremy Pittari

Jeremy Pittari is a lifelong resident of the Gulf Coast. Born and raised in Slidell, La., he moved to South Mississippi in the early 90s. Jeremy earned an associate in arts from Pearl River Community College and went on to attend the University of Southern Mississippi, where he earned a bachelor's of arts in journalism. A week after Hurricane Katrina, he started an internship as a reporter with the community newspaper in Pearl River County. After graduation, he accepted a full-time position at that news outlet where he covered the recovery process post Katrina in Pearl River and Hancock Counties. For nearly 17 years he wrote about local government, education, law enforcement, crime, business and a variety of other topics.