Blake Rutherford Named Chief of Staff for Pennsylvania Attorney General


Blake Rutherford, a former chief of staff for Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, has been hired as chief of staff for Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, Kane's office announced Tuesday.

The hire is one of many the Democrat announced this week. Rutherford, 36, begins work with Kane on Monday.

"We are excited about adding Blake to our team," Kane said in a news release. "He has demonstrated his commitment to public service, and he brings extensive experience that will benefit this office and the Commonwealth in the coming year and beyond."

Since May 2013, Rutherford has been a vice president at the McLarty Companies, led by Chairman Thomas F. "Mack" McLarty, a former chief of staff to President Clinton. The McLarty Companies owns RLJ-McLarty-Landers Automotive Holdings and other ventures.

Before that, from September 2010 to May 2013, Rutherford was McDaniel's chief of staff. During his time on staff, the office established a Cyber Crimes Unit and consumer protection initiative.

Before working for McDaniel, Rutherford was director of public communications for advertising, marketing and public relations firm Stone Ward and an attorney with the Wright Lindsey & Jennings law firm, both of Little Rock.

In 2013, Rutherford moved to Philadelphia with his wife, Jessica Dean, who joined KYW-TV, Channel 3, the Philadelphia CBS affiliate. While working for the McLarty Companies, Rutherford wrote political commentaries for Arkansas Business.

Rutherford is a graduate of Middlebury College and the University of Arkansas School of Law.