Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge will serve as the new head of the Republican Attorneys General Association, ahead of more than 30 attorneys general elections nationwide before the end of 2018.

"I am honored to be elected by my colleagues to lead RAGA during such a consequential cycle in which we have 30 races across the country," Rutledge said in a statement. "Just as I have done in Arkansas, Republican attorneys general will defend the rule of law and serve as the champions of opportunity. Whether it is Arkansas, or across our nation, job creators and hardworking Americans rely on Republican AGs to ensure that the federal government will roll back burdensome regulations."

Rutledge is joined by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton as her vice chairman, and an executive committee that includes attorneys general Pam Bondi of Florida, Chris Carr of Georgia, Curtis Hill of Indiana, Derek Schmidt of Kansas, Jeff Landry of Louisiana, Doug Peterson of Nebraska, and Sean Reyes of Utah.

RAGA's candidate in Virginia, John Adams, lost last week to Democrat Mark Herring. Thirty other states and the District of Columbia will pick attorneys general before the end of 2018, which RAGA previously labeled as "our most challenging election cycle to date" in a June 2017 strategy memo obtained by the Washington Examiner.

Republicans control 29 state attorneys general seats — the most the GOP has ever held at any one time — and trounced their Democratic counterparts in fundraising through the first six months of 2017.