Attorney General of Arkansas

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Arkansas Attorney General
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012 FY Budget:  $22,456,738
Term limits:  Two terms
Length of term:   Four years
Authority:  Constitution of Arkansas, Amendment 63, Article 6
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Leslie Rutledge.PNG
Name:  Leslie Rutledge
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  January 13, 2015
Compensation:  $72,408
Next election:  November 6, 2018
Last election:  November 4, 2014
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The Attorney General of Arkansas is an executive position and constitutional officer within the Arkansas state government. The attorney general is the chief law enforcement officer of the state of Arkansas. He or she serves as legal representation for state agencies and officers, provides official opinions on legal issues and represents the state in criminal appeals. The attorney general also represents Arkansas Medicaid in cases of fraud and neglect and pursues violations of consumer protection law.[1]

Current officeholder

The 56th and current attorney general is Leslie Rutledge, a Republican first elected in November 2014 and sworn in the following January for a four-year term in office.[2] Rutledge succeeded Democrat Dustin McDaniel.


The office of attorney general is established by Amendment 63 to Article 6 of the Arkansas Constitution.[3]

Constitution of Arkansas, Amendment 63

The Executive Department of this State shall consist of a Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Treasurer of State, Auditor of State, Attorney General and Commissioner of State Lands, all of whom shall keep their offices at the seat of government, and hold their offices for the term of four (4) years, and until their successors are elected and qualified.


The Arkansas Constitution requires all elected or appointed officeholders to be an elector. That is, they must fulfill the state's voter registration requirements—being a U.S. citizen, a resident of Arkansas and at least 18 years old. Felons and citizens judged to be mentally incompetent by a court are also ineligible to vote and, by extension, to hold office.

Other requirements to complete a voter registration form—essentially, qualifications to be an elector—are given by Amendment 59, Section 6 of the state constitution.

Incumbents may not hold any other state, federal or civil office, and may not have ever been convicted of "embezzlement of public money, bribery, forgery, or other infamous crime."

Constitution of Arkansas, Article 19, Section 3

No persons shall be elected to, or appointed to fill a vacancy in, any office who does not possess the qualifications of an elector.

Constitution of Arkansas, Article 5, Section 9

No person hereafter convicted of embezzlement of public money, bribery, forgery or other infamous crime, shall be eligible to the General Assembly or capable of holding any office of trust or profit in this State.

Constitution of Arkansas, Amendment 51, Section 6

(6) The mail voter registration application form shall include the following questions along with boxes for the applicant to check "yes" or "no" in response:
(A) "Are you a citizen of the United States of America and an Arkansas resident?;"
(B) "Will you be eighteen (18) years of age on or before election day?;"
(C) "Are you presently adjudged mentally incompetent by a court of competent jurisdiction?;"
(D) "Have you ever pleaded guilty or nolo contendere to, or found guilty of a felony without your sentence having been discharged or pardoned?;" and
(E) "Do you claim the right to vote in another county or state?."
(7) The mail voter registration application form shall include the following statements immediately following the questions asked in subdivision (a)(6) of this section:
(A) "If you checked "No" in response to either questions A or B, do not complete this form.;"
(B) "If you checked "Yes" in response to one or more of questions C, D, or E, do not complete this form."


Arkansas state government organizational chart

Arkansans elect their attorneys general for four-year terms during federal midterm election years (e.g. 2014, 2018, 2022, 2026). Attorneys general, like all Arkansas executives, served two-year terms until 1982, when Amendment 63 to the Constitution of Arkansas increased the term length to its current level. The first elections held under the new system occurred in 1986, and every four years since.[3]


See also: Arkansas attorney general election, 2014
Attorney General of Arkansas, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLeslie Rutledge 51.6% 430,799
     Democratic Nate Steel 43.2% 360,680
     Libertarian Aaron Cash 5.2% 43,245
Total Votes 834,724
Election Results via Arkansas Secretary of State.

Term limits

Attorneys general, like all Arkansas executives, face an absolute limit of two terms in office.[4]


Per Article 6, Section 22 of the Arkansas Constitution, when the office of attorney general becomes vacant "by death, resignation, or otherwise," the governor appoints a replacement to complete the unexpired term.


The office of attorney general's duties include representing state agencies and officers in court and providing them with legal advice and opinions related to their official duties. The attorney general also enforces state consumer protection, antitrust and environmental law. He or she pursues fraud cases regarding the state Medicaid program and handles "all criminal appeals and habeas corpus cases on behalf of the state."[5]

The attorney general's office also administers several public service programs, including the Crime Victims Reparations Program, which "assists victims of crime by providing financial assistance to eligible individuals or their dependents." Other initiatives include "Smart Choices, Better Chances," a juvenile law-education program and the Arkansas Missing Children Services Program, "which works to protect the children of our state by serving as a statewide clearinghouse for missing-and-exploited children."[5]


The attorney general's office includes several divisions, including:

  • Civil Litigation
  • Communications/Media
  • Community Relations
  • Criminal Litigation
  • Medicaid
  • Opinions

State budget

See also: Arkansas state budget and finances

The budget for the Arkansas Attorney General's Office in Fiscal Year 2012 was $22,456,738.[6]


The compensation of all state constitutional officers is set by Amendment 70 to the Arkansas Constitution. Salaries can be adjusted each year by the Arkansas State Legislature, though salary increases cannot exceed the rate of inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index.[7]


In 2014, the attorney general received a salary of $72,408, according to the Council of State Governments.[8]


In 2013, the attorney general received a salary of $72,408. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[9]

Historical officeholders

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Contact Information


Capitol Address:
Office of the Attorney General
323 Center Street, Suite 200
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201

Phone: (501) 682-2007
Toll Free Phone: (800) 482-8982

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