LITTLE ROCK – Attorney General Leslie Rutledge will have a new person in place to handle the media for her office. It was announced this week that Judd Deere, her communications director since she took office in 2015, has been hired to work in the White House.  

Deere will now be President Trump’s director of state and local communications. 

“I am thrilled that Judd will be able to use his talent and expertise to communicate to millions of Americans on behalf of the White House,” Rutledge said in a release.  

The Benton native has previously worked in federal capacities for Senator John Boozman, and Senator Mike Crapo of Idaho. He also took several campaign roles including managing communications for Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin’s successful 2014 race.  

Rutledge’s office says he will be replaced by Hogan Gildley.  



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