Schimel announces he’s running for re-election

MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) -- Attorney General Brad Schimel announces he’s running for re-election.

In a tweet Thursday morning, he said, “For nearly 30 years I’ve prosecuted crime in Waukesha County and across Wisconsin. I’m running for re-election to be a tough, fair and independent voice for Wisconsin families.”

Schimel was elected as Wisconsin Attorney General in November 2014, and took office on January 5, 2015.

Before that, he was the District Attorney of Waukesha County.

In a statement on his upcoming campaign, Schimel said, "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. 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.”

Shimel is a native of Waukesha County. He graduated from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a bachelor's degree in Political Science. He went on to receive his Juris Doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The election for Wisconsin's Attorney General will take place on November 6.

The deadline for candidates to file is June 1.