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Arkansas Attorney General

Current State AG
Leslie Rutledge (R)
Political Party
Republican
Assumed Office

2015

Leslie Rutledge was elected Attorney General in 2014. The first woman and first Republican to be elected to the role, she is a former prosecutor and, prior to taking office, had a private law practice focused on administrative law, state and local government, and election law. Her earlier experience includes clerking for Arkansas state Judge Josephine Hart; serving as Deputy Counsel to former Governor Mike Huckabee, where she advised a wide range of agencies including the Oil and Gas Commission and...

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Leslie Rutledge was elected Attorney General in 2014. The first woman and first Republican to be elected to the role, she is a former prosecutor and, prior to taking office, had a private law practice focused on administrative law, state and local government, and election law. Her earlier experience includes clerking for Arkansas state Judge Josephine Hart; serving as Deputy Counsel to former Governor Mike Huckabee, where she advised a wide range of agencies including the Oil and Gas Commission and Public Service Commission; and serving as counsel for the Republican National Committee. AG Rutledge is running for lieutenant governor of AR in the 2022 election.

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The AG is an elected position in Arkansas. AG Rutledge is term limited in 2022.

  • Next Election:November 3, 2026
  • Election Process:Elected
  • Term/Limit:4 years / 2 term maximum

Election Timeline & Candidates

  1. Candidate Filing Deadline
  2. Primary Election
  3. General Election
Jesse Gibson (D)
Democrat

Jesse Gibson (D)

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Tim Griffin (R) declared winner
Tim Griffin (R)
Republican

Tim Griffin (R)

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Gerhard Langguth (write-in)
Independent

Gerhard Langguth (write-in)

Jesse Gibson (D)
Democrat

Jesse Gibson (D)

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Tim Griffin (R) declared winner
Tim Griffin (R)
Republican

Tim Griffin (R)

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Gerhard Langguth (write-in)
Independent

Gerhard Langguth (write-in)

Latest Arkansas Attorney General News & Insights

AG Election Update

In a May 24 run-off election, incumbent Ken Paxton, a Republican, has defeated land commissioner George P. Bush by a margin of 67.9% to 32.1%. Former ACLU attorney Rochelle Garza won the Democratic run-off against Joe Jaworski by a margin of 62.8% to 37.2%. Paxton and Garza will face off in the statewide AG election in November.

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State AG Pulse - Bless Your Heart, Arkansas

In this week’s episode, Bernie and Lori chat with Paul Connell, previously Chief Deputy AG in Wisconsin and Cozen O’Connor’s resident expert on the Arkansas AG race. We review the candidates’ backgrounds and qualifications and try our hand at picking who will win the race in November. We consider how the leading candidate’s background is…

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Developments in Post-AG Roles for Two Attorneys General

Hawaii AG Clare Connors’ nomination for U.S. Attorney for the District of Hawaii was approved by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and is now up for a full Senate vote. Arkansas AG Leslie Rutledge, who is term-limited from running again for AG, dropped out of the 2022 gubernatorial race and will instead seek the Republican…

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