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Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said Thursday that Lee Rudofsky has been hired as the state’s first solicitor general.

Rudofsky, a New York native who currently resides in Bentonville, has served as an assistant general counsel at Wal-mart since 2014.

He graduated from Harvard Law School in 2005 and worked as a litigator in Washington, D.C. He served as deputy general counsel for Romney for President Inc. and was a clerk in the Office of Counsel to the President of the United States during George W. Bush’s administration.

Rudofksy’s duties as solicitor general will include advising the office's attorneys on all matters before the Arkansas Supreme Court, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court — duties which are currently handled by the office's deputies, chief deputy and the attorney general, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette previously reported.

Rutledge in March proposed creating a solicitor general post in her office with a maximum-authorized salary of $124,595. Rudofsky will begin as solicitor general on Aug. 24, Rutledge's spokesman Judd Deere said.

See Friday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.


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  • Longhaul
    July 30, 2015 at 5:20 p.m.

    This is how it starts, next he will have a n assistance or two at a yearly salary of $75,000 or more plus perks.
    It makes me wonder had the state of Akansas survived all these years without one.

  • tocraven
    July 30, 2015 at 5:22 p.m.

    So essentially Rutledge is so poor at her job that she has to create a position AR Attorneys General have never needed before at a cost of over 100 thousand taxpayer dollars. Impressive.

    July 30, 2015 at 7:45 p.m.

    This is how the Republicans save the Citizens of Arkansas all that Money. First they Raise the Salaries of all the Legislators, Governors, Judges, Prosecutors, and all other Elected Officials. Then after The Elections are over and the Officials Find out they can not do the Job, then they hire others to do the work for them.The Republicans have taken over the State Lock Stock and Barrel and now you see what the Good people voted into office. Good Luck