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Wisconsin AG Van Hollen won't seek re-election

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MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says he won't seek a third term in office next year.

In a statement released Monday, Van Hollen says he believes, "no person should be Attorney General for life, or for too long."

Van Hollen, who was first elected as Wisconsin's top cop in 2006, thanked his supporters for the confidence placed in him to be the attorney general.

"We have restored integrity in multiple ways. We have put the law and the rule of law above politics, thus eliminating the all-too-common Attorney General activism that grows government and contributes to political discord and dysfunction. Legal opinions of the Attorney General became just that: legal opinions, not my personal opinions," Van Hollen said. "We have vigorously enforced and defended laws, whether those laws were supported by Republicans, Democrats, or both."

Van Hollen touted the elimination of DNA backlogs, instituting programs like concealed carry and working well with local law enforcement.

Ultimately though, Van Hollen felt it was time to step aside.

"Our democracy requires a balance of experience and fresh views," said Van Hollen. "For my family, for me, and this office, it’s time to give Wisconsin voters new choices." 

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