Rutledge is the 56th attorney general of Arkansas, first elected in 2014. She is the first woman and Republican to hold the position, and gave birth to her daughter in 2018 while serving in office. She has successfully defended Arkansas’ Heartbeat Protection and Unborn Child Protection Acts, as well as the state’s right to end taxpayer-funded contracts with Planned Parenthood and stop abortions as medically unnecessary during the COVID-19 pandemic. She has championed pro-life pregnancy centers against pro-abortion attacks on their freedom of speech and, more recently, joined 24 state attorneys general on an amicus brief supporting Mississippi and calling on the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
Rutledge began her career as a clerk at the Arkansas Court of Appeals before joining former Governor Mike Huckabee’s team as deputy counsel. Her positions have included deputy prosecuting attorney, deputy counsel for Mike Huckabee’s presidential campaign, deputy counsel for the NRCC, and counsel for the RNC. Rutledge and her husband, Boyce, have a daughter and live in Pulaski County.
Candidate Website: http://www.leslierutledge.com/
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Primary Election: May 24, 2022