As the 56th Attorney General of Arkansas, Leslie Rutledge was resoundingly re-elected to a second term in 2018. She is the first woman and first Republican in Arkansas history to be elected to the office of Attorney General.
Rutledge received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas and juris doctor from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) Bowen School of Law. She is admitted to practice law in Arkansas; Washington, D.C.; and before the U.S. Supreme Court.
She began work in the Arkansas Court of Appeals clerking for Judge Josephine Hart, now Associate Justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court. Rutledge served as Deputy Counsel to Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee advising state agencies including the Oil and Gas Commission, Public Service Commission, Insurance Department, Real Estate Commission, and Bank Department. She also served as Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Lonoke County handling felony cases and in subsequent service as Attorney for the State of Arkansas’s Division of Children and Family Services.
During her time in Washington, D.C., Rutledge was a key legal leader at the national level working as Deputy Counsel for the 2008 Mike Huckabee for President campaign, Deputy Counsel at the National Republican Congressional Committee and as Counsel for the Republican National Committee.
Since taking office, she has significantly increased the number of arrests and convictions against online predators who exploit children and con artists who steal taxpayer money through Social Security Disability and Medicaid fraud. She has held Rutledge Roundtable meetings and Mobile Office hours in all 75 counties each year, and launched a Military and Veterans Initiative.
In addition to her state responsibilities, General Rutledge actively works on multi-state issues with other attorneys general, serving as Chairwoman of the National Association of Attorneys General Southern Region and she re-established and co-chairs the National Association of Attorneys General Committee on Agriculture as part of her commitment to protect Arkansas’s largest industry. As the former Chairwoman of the Republican Attorneys General Association, she remains active on the Executive Board.
Rutledge is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association, UALR Bowen School of Law Alumni, Federalist Society and the Republican National Lawyers Association.
Rutledge and her husband, Boyce, have one daughter. The family has a home in Pulaski County and a farm in Crittenden County.