Leslie Carol Rutledge is the 56th attorney general of Arkansas. She was elected on Nov. 4, 2014, and was sworn into office on Jan. 13, 2015. She is the first woman and first Republican in Arkansas history to be elected to the office. Rutledge is an Arkansas lawyer who has spent her entire career in public service. A former prosecutor, 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 near Batesville, Ark. and attended public 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 to others. After graduating from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, she proceeded to 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 Supreme Court of the United States.
Rutledge has spent her career standing up for and protecting liberty, opportunity and freedom of all Arkansans enshrined in the United States Constitution. Rutledge began work in the Arkansas Court of Appeals clerking for Judge Josephine Hart, now associate justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court. Rutledge was selected to serve as deputy counsel to the Office of Governor Mike Huckabee working with and advising Arkansas 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 in subsequent service as attorney for the state of Arkansas’ Division of Children and Family Services where Rutledge actively advocated for the best interest of Arkansas’ most vulnerable.
Her service extends to leadership in numerous 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, the UALR Bowen School of Law Alumni Board, the Federalist Society and the Republican National Lawyers Association. Rutledge and her husband, Boyce, have a home in Pulaski County and a farm in Crittenden County.