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Rutledge Statement on Departure of Communications Director Judd Deere to the White House


November 3, 2017

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced today that Communications Director Judd Deere would be stepping down on Nov. 17 after accepting a job at the White House to become the Director of State & Local Communications.

“I am thrilled that Judd will be able to use his talent and expertise to communicate to millions of Americans on behalf of the White House,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Since becoming my Communications Director in December of 2014, Judd has taken our communications strategy to the next level by working diligently to make sure Arkansans are aware of the services of the office and what is being done on their behalf to protect them from scams, criminals and an overreaching federal government. Judd has developed strong relationships with members of the media locally and nationally, something I know will serve him well in his new role. While I will miss his expertise and daily counsel, I am confident he will do an exceptional job serving the President of the United States in the years ahead, and I wish him nothing but the best.”

“Any new opportunity is exciting but especially one at the White House, and one I am honored to accept,” said Judd Deere. “Working alongside talented individuals like Hope Hicks, Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Mercedes Schlapp, I am looking forward to building on the team’s success of communicating the President’s message at the state and local level. The people of Arkansas are fortunate to have Leslie Rutledge as their attorney general. Everything she does is about doing what is right for Arkansans and nobody is going to out-work her. General Rutledge has been my boss for three years, but also my friend and mentor. I will miss working with her and the exceptional team at the Attorney General’s office daily, as well as the best local reporters in the country right here in Arkansas.”

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