Nebraska AG files for reelection

Chris Rizo Jan. 14, 2010, 2:24pm

Jon Bruning (R)

LINCOLN, Neb. (Legal Newsline)-- Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning said Thursday he would seek a third term as the Cornhusker State's chief legal officer.

"Today I'm asking Nebraskans to allow me to continue to build on what we have accomplished -- not only keeping our streets safe from the fear of violent crime, but also working to protect the quality of life we Nebraskans enjoy," Bruning said in a statement.

Bruning, a conservative Republican, was elected attorney general in 2002 and was handily reelected in 2006 with no Democratic opposition.

He currently serves as this year's president of the National Association of Attorneys General.

Before his election as attorney general, Bruning served for six years in the Nebraska Legislature as a state senator. He is widely considered to be a potential challenger to U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., in 2012.

Last year, Bruning captured national headlines for spearheading a legion of state attorneys generals in their opposition to the original General Motors Corp. bankruptcy plan.

Among other objections, the attorneys general said they felt the original bankruptcy plan would have trampled state consumer protection laws.

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