Leslie Rutledge is the 56th Attorney General of Arkansas and first woman and first Republican elected to the office.
A seventh generation Arkansan, Rutledge grew up on a cattle farm and attended Southside High School in Independence County near Batesville. After graduating from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, she proceeded to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. 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 began her career in the Arkansas Court of Appeals clerking for Judge Josephine Hart. Rutledge was then selected to serve as Deputy Counsel to the Office of Governor Mike Huckabee. She later served as Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Lonoke County and then subsequently as Attorney for the State of Arkansas’ Division of Children and Family Services.
Later, Rutledge was a key legal leader at the national level working as Deputy Counsel for the Huckabee for President campaign in 2008, Deputy Counsel at the National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee and ultimately as Counsel for the Republican National Committee.
Rutledge launched her campaign for Attorney General in 2013 after returning to Little Rock and opening her own law firm. Although the first public poll found Rutledge in last place, she ran a grassroots focused campaign and secured the Republican nomination in 2014 after overcoming a crowded Republican primary and runoff by large margins. In the 2014 General Election, she was outspent by a Democratic office holder yet continued an issues and grassroots focused campaign, winning by more than seventy thousand votes.
As Attorney General, Rutledge believes face-to-face conversations lead to real solutions. Each year in office she has visited all 75 counties to hold Rutledge Roundtables with local leaders and stakeholders on various issues facing Arkansans. She’s also begun a Mobile Office program for all 75 counties, a Military and Veterans Initiative, a Metal Theft Prevention program, a campaign to raise awareness of prescription drug abuse, led an effort to combat domestic violence and started a Cooperative Disability Investigations program to stop fraud in Social Security Disability. She has taken an active approach as the state’s Chief Legal Officer in pushing back against federal overreach, taking strong action against the Environmental Protection Agency, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Department of Labor and other agencies when she feels the rule of law has been ignored and Arkansas’s sovereign rights are being infringed upon.
In addition to her state responsibilities, Rutledge serves as Vice Chairwoman of the Republican Attorneys General Association and Vice Chairwoman of the National Association of Attorneys General Southern Region. She also re-established and co-chairs the National Association of Attorneys General Committee on Agriculture. In 2016, Rutledge was a member of the Republican National Committee Platform Committee, serving as Chair of the Constitution Subcommittee. She also had the honor of addressing the convention delegates in a prime time speech.
This is Leslie Rutledge’s campaign website. Please visit www.ArkansasAG.gov for updates from her official office.