Rut­ledge to lead Repub­li­can at­tor­neys gen­eral group

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -

Arkansas At­tor­ney Gen­eral Les­lie Rut­ledge be­came chair­man of the Repub­li­can At­tor­ney Gen­er­als As­so­ci­a­tion Thurs­day, a spokesman for the group said Thurs­day.

The Maumelle Repub­li­can, who had been the as­so­ci­a­tion’s vice chair­man, suc­ceeded West Vir­ginia At­tor­ney Gen­eral Pa­trick Mor­risey as the as­so­ci­a­tion’s leader.

Mor­risey stepped down as the group’s chair­man to fo­cus on his du­ties in West Vir­ginia and his U.S. Se­nate cam­paign, the as­so­ci­a­tion said.

A new vice chair­man will be cho­sen by the Repub­li­can at­tor­ney gen­er­als at a later date.

“Even with a record num­ber of 29 Repub­li­cans serv­ing as at­tor­neys gen­eral, now is not the time for RAGA to rest,” said Rut­ledge.

“My com­mit­ment and fo­cus will be on win­ning in Vir­ginia this Novem­ber and ex­pand­ing our ma­jor­ity in 2018,” she said in a writ­ten state­ment. “I am hon­ored to as­sume the role of chair of RAGA and look for­ward to the work of can­di­date re­cruit­ment and fundrais­ing in the year ahead.”

Rut­ledge was elected as Arkansas’ at­tor­ney gen­eral in 2014, and she has an­nounced that she will seek re-elec­tion in 2018.

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