WASHINGTON D.C. -– The Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA) today last week Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge will succeed West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey as Chairman of the organization.

A new Vice-Chairman will be chosen by the attorneys general at a later date.

Morrisey will step down as Chairman to focus on his duties in West Virginia and his Senate campaign.

"Americans are seeing the need every day to elect Republican attorneys general who fight to uphold the rule of law and seek justice for all," said Rutledge. "Even with a record number of 29 Republicans serving as attorneys general, now is not the time for RAGA to rest. My commitment and focus will be on winning in Virginia this November and expanding our majority in 2018. I want to thank Patrick Morrisey for the incredible work he has done leading and growing RAGA as well as his work in West Virginia fighting federal overreach and the opioid epidemic. 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."

"It's been an honor to serve as the Chairman of RAGA during such an important time and help contribute to its success,” said Morrisey. “With my entry into the U.S. Senate race against one of the most vulnerable incumbents in the country, I will be handing off the leadership of RAGA to our Vice Chair, Leslie Rutledge.

“I know that Leslie will do a good job for RAGA, a terrific organization that has helped grow the ranks of Republican Attorneys General. Leslie has already accomplished a great deal as Attorney General since her election in 2014 and will continue to serve the citizens of Arkansas with distinction. Congratulations to Leslie for this achievement."