Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel will seek re-election in November, he announced on Thursday.
Schimel, a Republican, was first elected in 2014.
"As a nearly 30-year prosecutor and Wisconsin’s attorney general I’ve been on the front lines in the battle against opioid and drug abuse, human trafficking and killing over-reaching regulations that stall job growth," Schimel said in a statement. "During my time as attorney general I’ve pushed for harsh penalties for violent and career criminals and will continue to be a tough, fair and independent voice for Wisconsin families."
Schimel previously served as Waukesha County district attorney. He faces a challenge this year from Democratic attorney and former federal prosecutor Josh Kaul. Kaul is the son of Democratic former Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager.
Democrats seized quickly on the fact that Schimel makes no mention of his Republican affiliation in a video released Thursday to launch his re-election bid.
"Wisconsin has never seen an attorney general more wedded to the GOP’s extreme, anti-Wisconsin agenda," said Democratic Party of Wisconsin chairwoman Martha Laning in a statement. "As attorney general, Brad Schimel never hesitated to help out special interest groups and his Republican donors before the people of Wisconsin. The idea that Schimel is ‘independent’ would be funny if it weren’t so untrue."
Schimel clashed frequently with the Obama administration, challenging policies including the Affordable Care Act, the Clean Power Plan, the Waters of the United States rule, a federal overtime rule and a set of guidelines regarding the treatment of transgender students in public schools.
The primary election is Aug. 14, followed by the general election on Nov. 6.