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MADISON - Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says he will not run for re-election next fall.  The 47-year-old Republican announced the decision in a statement this morning.  

Van Hollen did not say what his future plans are, once his second four-year term expires at the end of 2014.  The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said GOP strategists had talked in recent weeks about the possibility of Van Hollen stepping down -- even though Democrats expected him to run again. 

Van Hollen was a federal prosecutor when he ran for attorney general and won in 2006.  He said he has achieved his goals of fighting crime and restoring integrity.  Van Hollen replaced Peg Lautenschlager, who lost in a 2006 Democratic primary more than a year after she was caught driving drunk in a state-owned vehicle.   Van Hollen campaigned on giving local police more resources to fight crime, and putting public safety first.  Van Hollen said the Justice Department eliminated a back-log of DNA testing at the State Crime Labs during his tenure.  He also said he was proud of establishing new ways to fight crimes against children.