Wisconsin Attorney General won't seek re-election in 2014

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October 9, 2013

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen

By Greg Janetka

MADISON, Wisconsin: In a surprise to many, Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen (R) announced this week that he would not seek a third term in 2014.

Van Hollen narrowly defeated Kathleen Falk (D) in 2006 to win election to the seat, succeeding Democratic incumbent Peg Lautenschlager.[1] 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.[2][3]

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."[4]

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.[5]

Gov. Scott Walker (R) said of Van Hollen, “It has been a pleasure working with J.B. Van Hollen on public safety issues. I look forward to working with him throughout the remainder of his term.”[6]

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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