Jessica M. Karmasek Jan. 18, 2013, 1:54pm

LINCOLN, Neb. (Legal Newsline) -- Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning says he will not run for governor in 2014.

Bruning made the announcement during a news conference held at his Capitol office last Friday.

"I love being attorney general," he told reporters, according to the Nebraska Radio Network.

Bruning, a Republican, was a member of the state Legislature from 1996 until resigning in 2002, when he was elected as the state's top lawyer.

In 2010, he announced he was exploring a 2012 run for U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson's seat. Nelson, a Democrat, announced he would not seek a third term in 2012.

In January 2011, Bruning officially entered the race. He was later endorsed by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

He eventually lost the GOP primary to state Sen. Deb Fischer, who went on to defeat Democrat Bob Kerrey to win Nelson's seat.

Last week, Bruning told reporters he would be preparing to run for re-election but said he wasn't ready to make a formal announcement.

But he did admit to being approached about running for governor.

"You find a place where you think you're doing well and making a difference," he said of remaining attorney general. "Maybe this is where I belong."

To hear audio of Bruning's comments, click here.

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