LITTLE ROCK — President Donald Trump on Thursday nominated 20th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Cody Hiland of Conway to serve as U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas.


Arkansas Sens. John Boozman and Tom Cotton recommended Hiland for the post. They issued a joint news release Thursday applauding his nomination.


“Cody is an excellent choice to serve as U.S. attorney for the Eastern District,” Boozman said in the release. “He brings years of legal experience to the table and an exceptional track record as a successful prosecutor in north central Arkansas. Sen. Cotton and I will work with our colleagues to get Cody’s nomination confirmed as quickly as possible so he can begin working to make our communities safer.”


Cotton said, “J. Cody Hiland is the absolute best choice for this position, and I commend the president for making this appointment. He is well respected both among his colleagues and in the community at large. He has extensive experience in the law, which he will put to good use for the people of Arkansas. I will continue to work with Sen. Boozman and my colleagues to make sure the Senate gives him a speedy approval.”


The U.S. attorney’s office for the Eastern District of Arkansas includes five divisions and 41 counties in the state. The post was last held by Chris Thyer, who resigned in March at the request of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Patrick Harris of Little Rock has been serving as acting U.S. attorney.


Trump also named one U.S. attorney nominee each for Idaho, Kentucky, Maine, Montana, Oklahoma and Tennessee and two nominees for positions in Mississippi.