Rutledge Statement on Appointment of Gov. Perdue to be Secretary of Agriculture

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January 19, 2017

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge released a statement today following President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to be the Secretary of Agriculture.

“Governor Sonny Perdue is an outstanding choice to be the Secretary of Agriculture,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “As someone who was raised on a farm, worked as a veterinarian and understands southern agriculture, Gov. Purdue has a long history of helping farmers grow and prosper by championing pro-growth polices and common sense regulations. I was raised on a cattle farm, own a row crop farm with my husband and proudly serve as co-chair of the National Association of Attorneys General Committee on Agriculture, and I look forward to working with the next secretary and President-elect to improve the lives of farmers across the country and ensure this industry is thriving for future generations.”

About Attorney General Leslie Rutledge

Leslie Carol Rutledge is the 56th Attorney General of Arkansas. She is the first woman and first Republican in Arkansas history to be elected to the office. Since taking office, she has begun a Mobile Office program, a Military and Veterans Initiative, a Metal Theft Prevention program and a Cooperative Disability Investigations program. She has led efforts to teach Internet safety, combat domestic violence and make the office the top law firm for Arkansans. Rutledge also serves on the Executive Committee of the Republican Attorneys General Association and re-established and co-chairs the National Association of Attorneys General Committee on Agriculture.

A native of Batesville, she is a graduate of the University of Arkansas and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. Rutledge clerked for the Arkansas Court of Appeals, was Deputy Counsel for Gov. Mike Huckabee, served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Lonoke County and subsequently was an Attorney at the Department of Human Services before serving as Counsel at the Republican National Committee. Rutledge and her husband, Boyce, have a home in Pulaski County and a farm in Crittenden County.