Arkansas Attorney General

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Arkansas Attorney General
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FormedMarch 13, 1868;151 years ago (1868-03-13)
JurisdictionThe State of Arkansas
HeadquartersLittle Rock, Arkansas
34°44′45″N92°16′22″W / 34.745768°N 92.272823°W / 34.745768; -92.272823 Coordinates: 34°44′45″N92°16′22″W / 34.745768°N 92.272823°W / 34.745768; -92.272823
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The Arkansas Attorney General is an executive position and constitutional officer within the Arkansas government. The Attorney General is the chief law enforcement, legal officer, and lawyer for Arkansas. The position is elected every four years, e.g. 2006 and 2010, at the same time as the Governor of Arkansas.

Arkansas State of the United States of America

Arkansas is a state in the southern region of the United States, home to over 3 million people as of 2018. Its name is of Siouan derivation from the language of the Osage denoting their related kin, the Quapaw Indians. The state's diverse geography ranges from the mountainous regions of the Ozark and the Ouachita Mountains, which make up the U.S. Interior Highlands, to the densely forested land in the south known as the Arkansas Timberlands, to the eastern lowlands along the Mississippi River and the Arkansas Delta.


The current Attorney General is Republican Leslie Rutledge, who was elected on November 4, 2014, and sworn in as the 56th Attorney General of Arkansas on January 13, 2015. She is the first Republican ever to serve as Arkansas Attorney General, as well as the first woman. [1]

Leslie Rutledge American politician

Leslie Rutledge is an American lawyer and politician from the U.S. State of Arkansas. A member of the Republican Party, she is the current Attorney General of Arkansas, a position she has held since January 13, 2015. Rutledge is the first Republican and woman to hold this position.


The first Attorney General for Arkansas was the state’s attorney for its Fifth Judicial District, Robert Ward Johnson, who served in the position from 1843 until 1848. He went on to serve in the United States House of Representative and United States Senate as well as in the Confederate Congress during the American Civil War.

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The constitution of 1868 made the attorney general post in Arkansas elective. [2]

Prominent Attorneys General from Arkansas

The best-known Arkansas Attorney General is Bill Clinton, as he later became President of the United States; he was elected to the position in 1976 and served until he was elected governor in 1978. Other former attorneys general include Bruce Bennett, Joe Purcell, Ray Thornton, Jim Guy Tucker, Mark Pryor, Steve Clark and Mike Beebe. [2] Until Rutledge took office, Democrats had held the office since Reconstruction. [3]

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According to the official website, the duties of the Attorney General include representing state agencies and commissions in courts of law, giving opinions on issues presented by legislators and prosecutors, handling criminal matters and habeas corpus matters in the state, and advocating for citizens on issues pertaining to the environment, antitrust, and consumer protection. [4]

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List of Arkansas Attorneys General

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  1. "Leslie Rutledge; Attorney General of Arkansas". Republican Attorneys General Association. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
  2. 1 2 "Office of Attorney General". The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture. Little Rock, Arkansas: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies at the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS). 16 January 2015. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
  3. "State Attorneys General Results — 2014". Bingham. Bingham McCutchen LLP law firm. 6 November 2014. Archived from the original on 4 February 2015. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
  4. "Arkansas Attorney General". State of Arkansas. Retrieved 2 March 2015.