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A native Arkansan, Leslie Rutledge graduated from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and received her law degree from the William H. Bowen School of Law in Little Rock. She began her legal career as Clerk for Arkansas Court of Appeals Judge Josephine Hart, now Associate Justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court. She served as a Deputy Prosecutor for the State of Arkansas and then as Deputy Counsel for Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and Legal Counsel on the Mike Huckabee for President Campaign. Rutledge also worked as Legal Counsel for the Republican National Committee. Prior to election as Attorney General, she practiced law at The Rutledge Firm, PLLC, in Little Rock. On November 4, 2014, Rutledge made history as the first woman elected to serve as Arkansas’s Attorney General.