Prosecuting Attorney for the 20th Judicial District Cody Hiland has been nominated by President Trump to serve as the United States Attorney for the Easter District of Arkansas. The 20th District includes Van Buren County, as well as Faulkner and Searcy Counties.

Hiland directed any requests for statements on the matter to the Department of Justice, and the Department of Justice declined to comment on the matter.

The nomination was made after a meeting between Trump and Arkansas Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton, both Republicans. Both senators, in released statements about their support for Hiland's nomination, expressed confidence in Hiland's ability to do the job and their willingness to work for a rapid approval of Hiland for the position.

“Cody is an excellent choice to serve as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District. He brings years of legal experience to the table and an exceptional track record as a successful prosecutor in north central Arkansas. Senator 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,” Boozman said in the statement released by his office..

“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 Senator Boozman and my colleagues to make sure the Senate gives him a speedy approval,” Cotton stated in his release.

The Eastern District of Arkansas includes five divisions and 41 counties. The US Attorney position was last held by Chris Thyer, who resigned in March at the request of Attorney General Jeff Sessions - not unusual when a new president takes office. Patrick Harris of Little Rock has been serving as acting U.S. attorney.