Cody Hiland has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas. U.S. Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., who supported Hiland for the post, announced the Senate confirmation on Thursday.
“I am pleased that the Senate confirmed Cody, who I am confident will be an excellent U.S. Attorney. He has the commitment, experience and expertise necessary to tackle the challenges he will face in this new role. I congratulate Cody and look forward to working with him to help make our communities safer,” Boozman said.
U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., had also endorsed Hiland’s nomination for the post.
“I congratulate Cody Hiland on being confirmed as a U.S. attorney. Given his extensive legal experience and his sterling reputation, I’m confident he will serve the people of the Eastern District well. I thank Cody and his family for accepting the call to serve,” Cotton said.
Hiland has served as prosecuting attorney for the 20th Judicial District of Arkansas, which comprises Faulkner, Van Buren and Searcy counties. He is a former partner at Hiland, Thomas & Cox, PLLC in Conway. He also previously served as staff attorney and rural and community liaison for the Arkansas Public Service Commission; program director for the Arkansas Transitional Employment Board; and legislative liaison and aide to Gov. Mike Huckabee.
Hiland graduated from the University of Central Arkansas and the William H. Bowen School of Law in Little Rock.
He replaces Chris Thyer in the post. The U.S. Attorney’s Office (USAO) Eastern District of Arkansas includes five divisions and 41 counties in the state. It is responsible for representing the federal government in virtually all litigation for this district, including criminal prosecutions for violations of federal law, civil lawsuits by and against the government, and actions to collect judgments and restitution on behalf of victims and taxpayers.
President Donald Trump recently nominated Wal-Mart Stores official Duane “Dak” Kees for the position of U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas. Kees is director of global ethics governance, anti-corruption at Wal-Mart, and has worked for the retailer since 2014.