Leslie Rutledge is an Arkansas lawyer who has spent her entire career in public service. A former prosecutor, her law practice now focuses on Administrative Law, State and Local Government, and Election Law. Rutledge knows that the state Attorney General is the most important elected official in the federalist system when it comes to protecting states rights.
A seventh generation Arkansan, Rutledge grew up on a cattle farm and attended public school at the Southside School District in Independence County.
From her mother, an elementary school teacher and her father, a lawyer and a judge, Rutledge learned the importance of hard work and service to others. After graduating from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, she proceeded to the University of Arkansas, Little Rock (UALR) Bowen School of Law. Rutledge is admitted to practice law in Arkansas, Washington D.C., and before the Supreme Court of the United States.
Rutledge has spent her career standing up for and protecting liberty, opportunity and freedom of all Arkansans enshrined in the United States Constitution. Rutledge began work in the Arkansas Court of Appeals clerking for Judge Josephine Hart, now Associate Justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court. Rutledge was selected to serve as Deputy Counsel to the Office of Governor Mike Huckabee working with and advising Arkansas state agencies including: Oil and Gas Commission, Public Service Commission, Insurance Department, Real Estate Commission, Bank Department, and dozens of smaller state agencies and departments. She served as Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Lonoke County handling felony cases and in subsequent service as Attorney for the State of Arkansas’ Division of Children and Family Services where Rutledge actively advocated for the best interest of Arkansas’ most vulnerable.
Rutledge continues to stand up for Arkansans. She worked tirelessly to stop federal overreach by defeating Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House and fighting against Barack Obama’s White House. During her time in Washington, DC, Rutledge was a key legal leader at the national level working as Deputy Counsel for Huckabee for President campaign, Deputy Counsel at the National Republican Congressional Committee and ultimately as Counsel for the Republican National Committee including the most recent Presidential campaign cycle.
Rutledge will uphold the Constitution of the United States and step up to take the lead ensuring that our state’s sovereign rights, those guaranteed under the Tenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, are protected at every turn from an overreaching federal government.
Her service extends to leadership in numerous community organizations including the Junior League, Alpha Delta Pi Alumni, the National Rifle Association and Women in Networking in Central Arkansas. Rutledge is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association, the UALR Bowen School of Law Alumni Board, the Federalist Society and the Republican National Lawyers Association. Leslie attends the Church at Rock Creek and resides in Little Rock.