Leslie Carol Rutledge is the 56th Attorney General of Arkansas. She was sworn into office in 2015 and is the first woman and first Republican in Arkansas history to be elected to the office. She was re-elected to a second term in 2018.
An Arkansas lawyer who has spent her entire career in public service, Rutledge is a former prosecutor, and her law practice focused on administrative law, state and local government, and election law.
A seventh-generation Arkansan, Rutledge grew up on a cattle farm and attended 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.
She graduated from the University of Arkansas and 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 U.S. Supreme Court.
Rutledge 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 in the Office of Governor Mike Huckabee advising 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 as Attorney for Arkansas’s Division of Children and Family Services advocating for the best interest of our most vulnerable.
During her time in Washington, D.C., Rutledge was Deputy Counsel for the Mike Huckabee for President campaign, Deputy Counsel at the National Republican Congressional Committee and Counsel for the Republican National Committee including the 2012 Presidential campaign.
Her service has extended to community organizations including the Junior League, Alpha Delta Pi Alumni, National Rifle Association and Women in Networking in Central Arkansas. Rutledge is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association, UALR Bowen School of Law Alumni Board, Federalist Society and Republican National Lawyers Association.
Attorney General Rutledge believes face-to-face conversations lead to real solutions. To make the office more accessible, she hosts Mobile Offices in all 75 counties.
Her priorities have included educating Arkansans on consumer protection, internet safety, and dating violence; leading efforts to combat the opioid epidemic; supporting military and veteran families, and making the office a top law firm in the state.
She also created Metal Theft Prevention and Cooperative Disability Investigations programs to stop fraud.
Rutledge serves on committees for Consumer Protection, Criminal Law and Veterans Affairs for the National Association of Attorneys General. She also served as the former Chairwoman of the Republican Attorneys General Association.
Rutledge and her husband, Boyce, have one daughter. The family has a home in Pulaski County and a farm in Crittenden County.