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, growing the number of Republican attorneys general to 28. This success was a direct result of our high-quality candidates and strong financial support from our members.
- Republican attorneys general hold 28 seats across the country. Our Chairman, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, leads RAGA.
- RAGA continues to show its fundraising prowess, raising $5 million in the first quarter of 2018, bringing its total haul so far in the midterm cycle to $21 million. By comparison, the Democratic Attorneys General Association has raised just $1.9 million over the same time period, and has $8.6 million cash on hand to date.
- 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 over 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, two Republican U.S. Senators, three Republican Governors, and several federal judges once served as their state’s Republican attorney general. There are currently five 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.