Wisconsin Attorney General won't seek re-election in 2014
By Greg Janetka
Van Hollen narrowly defeated Kathleen Falk (D) in 2006 to win election to the seat, succeeding Democratic incumbent Peg Lautenschlager. He was re-elected to a second term as attorney general on November 2, 2010 and named President of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) in June 2013.
On Monday, Van Hollen stated, "Today I wish to share with you my decision not to seek a third term as Attorney General and to thank you for the confidence you have placed in me. When I chose to stand for this office eight years ago, I had a clear vision of what an Attorney General should do, and as importantly, should not do. Simply put, I believed Wisconsin needed an Attorney General who would fight crime and restore integrity."
While no candidates have formally announced for the race, Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel is looking at a run for the Republican nomination. On the Democratic side, state Reps. Jon Richards and Chris Taylor are said to be considering jumping in.
Van Hollen did not speak to his future plans, other than to say he would be concentrating on the last 15 months of his term.
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