Public Safety Banquet
Oct 25, 2018
Leslie Rutledge
Public Safety Banquet

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge was elected on November 4, 2014, as the first woman and first Republican in Arkansas history to be elected to the office. Since taking office in January of 2015, she has defended Arkansans against criminals, con artists, and an overreaching federal government while consistently defending our values in court.

Proving her commitment to transparency and accessibility of the office, she has hosted Rutledge Roundtables in all 75 counties each year with members of the community, held mobile offices yearly in every county, and established a Public Integrity Division to hold public officials accountable for violating the law. Through legal challenges and briefs, Rutledge has demonstrated her commitment to supporting our pro-life values and laws, protecting our Second Amendment right to bear arms, defending religious freedom, and eliminating burdensome regulations to bolster our economy and job growth.

As the daughter of a veteran, Rutledge started a Military and Veterans Initiative to aid those brave men and women who have sacrificed for all Americans. To combat the rampant fraud and abuse of taxpayer-funded Social Security Disability Benefits, Rutledge launched a Cooperative Disability Investigations program to hold bad actors accountable and protect the benefits for those who need them. Since January of 2015, the Attorney General’s Office has convicted more individuals of Medicaid Fraud than the prior 16 years combined. Under her leadership, the office has filed numerous lawsuits against bad businesses including the largest public protection case in the history of the office. Likewise, she has led efforts to curb scam phone calls, teach internet safety, combat domestic violence, confront the opioid epidemic, and make the office the top law firm for Arkansans.

Rutledge currently serves as Chair of the Republican Attorneys General Association and Chair 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.

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 one daughter and a home in Pulaski County and a farm in Crittenden County.