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COPY-UPDATE: AG Van Hollen denies interest in higher office

MADISON (WKOW) -- J. B. Van Hollen says rumors about him leaving the Attorney General's office to run for State Supreme Court are unfounded, but he is leaving the door to politics open.

The second-term Attorney General won't seek reelection in 2014, causing some to speculate that he is eyeing a run for Supreme Court in 2015.  Justice Ann Walsh Bradley's second ten-year term will expire in July of that year.

Van Hollen says a higher office may still be in his future, but so may a number of other things.

"I've been approached by people about a political future, I've been approached by legal future, business world future, teaching - the list goes on and on," said Van Hollen.  "There are a lot of things that are enticing and that my experience in my career can help me do very, very well."

Van Hollen says he feels he's already accomplished ten times as much as he's wanted to during his time as Attorney General.


MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says he doesn't plan to run for higher office when he leaves his current job at the end of next year.

The Associated Press reports Van Hollen claims he doesn't know what he'll do when his term ends. He announced in October he wouldn't seek re-election in 2014.

When asked if he might consider a run for state Supreme Court in 2015, he said it was too early to explore that possibility. However, he said he has no plans to run for U.S. Senate or governor.

Asked if he planned to join a private law firm, he responded, "Not really."

27 News Capitol Bureau Chief Greg Neumann sat down for a one-on-one interview with Attorney General Van Hollen Wednesday morning and will look at the AG's plans for the remainder of his term tonight in 27 News at 5,6 and 10.

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