The Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA) is the only national organization whose mission is electing Republicans to the Office of State Attorney General. RAGA collaborates with our current Republican attorneys general and recruits outstanding candidates, providing them assistance with research, message development and financial support.
In 1999, a few Republican AGs formed RAGA to address the lack of commitment by some state attorneys general to defend federalism, adhere to the law, and apply a common sense, free market approach to governing. Since then, RAGA has multiplied its effectiveness, culminating most recently with the 2016 elections, when we grew the number of Republican attorneys general from 27 to 29, the most Republicans have held than at any time in history. This success was a direct result of our high-quality candidates and strong financial support from our members.
- Republican attorneys general hold 29 seats across the country. Our Chairman, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, leads RAGA.
- RAGA continues to show its fundraising prowess, raising $7.4 million through the first half of 2017, a record-high number for us in the first half of a non-election year.
- Republican AGs have been instrumental in unraveling policies enacted by the previous Administration, including the EPA’s Clean Power Plan and various rules including Waters of the US, DOL’s overtime rule, the CFPB's Arbitration Rule and many others. Republican AGs are actively working with the administration to restore the rule of law and correct other previous unconstitutional overreaches.
- Just under a year since President Trump was sworn into office, Republican AGs and RAGA have become the “tip of the spear,” interfacing directly with the Administration, continuing our efforts to preserve, promote, and protect fundamental beliefs in limited government and the rule of law.
RAGA works with attorneys general across the country to support the rule of law, limited government, cooperative federalism, legal reform, free enterprise, aggressive crime fighting, equal opportunity, and the preservation of conservative values.
Through robust candidate recruitment, RAGA brings effective public servants to the office of AG and deepens our Party’s talent pool. Currently, three Republican U.S. Senators, two Republican Governors, one Cabinet member and several federal judges once served as their state’s Republican attorney general. There are currently seven Republican attorneys general running for either Governor or the United States Senate in their state.
Heading into a pivotal election year, Republican attorneys general are committed to governing in a responsible and effective manner, fighting to protect free enterprise, our liberties and the Constitution.
The 2018 General Election will most certainly prove to be a very challenging year. Republicans currently hold 18 of the 30 seats that will be up for election. Office term limits and current AGs deciding to run for higher office will serve as an opportunity for new conservative, rule of law-minded candidates to run as their state’s top law enforcement officer. This presents a challenge of recruiting strong candidates and raising money to ensure success. Our directive is to ensure that RAGA is in the best position possible to continue to play a critical role in the election of Republican state attorneys general and maintain our national majority.