Van Hollen won't seek re-electionWisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today he won’t be seeking a third term to lead the Department of Justice.
By: Superior Telegram, Superior Telegram
Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that he won’t seek a third term to lead the Department of Justice.
A former district attorney for Ashland and Bayfield counties, the Bayfield native served as a U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin from 2002 to 2005, when he resigned the post in anticipation of running for attorney general.
“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,” Van Hollen said in a prepared statement. “Simply put, I believed Wisconsin needed an attorney general who would fight crime and restore integrity.”
Van Hollen defeated former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk after Falk knocked former attorney general, Peg Lautenschlager, out of the running in the primary in 2006.
Lautenschlager came under fire when she was arrested for drunk driving in a state-owned car in 2004.
On taking office in 2007, Van Hollen put together a plan to eliminate the state crime lab’s DNA backlog and expanded efforts to fight crimes against children. Since taking office, the Wisconsin Department of Justice has joined forces with law enforcement agencies statewide to operate the Internet Crimes Against Children task force.
Van Hollen credits the successes to the support of four legislatures and two governors who supported the efforts, irrespective of party.
“By putting public safety first, I believe the Department of Justice now enjoys healthy partnerships with local law enforcement and prosecutors, which leads to the better investigation, prosecution, and hopefully prevention of crime,” Van Hollen said.
“We upheld our commitment to assist local law enforcement, through training, investigative assistance and advocacy,” Van Hollen said.
Van Hollen is planning to finish out his second term.
“I look forward to serving as your Attorney General for the next 15 months,” Van Hollen said.