Wilmington, DE, United States (4E) – Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden announced Thursday he will not seek reelection so he could focus on his bid to be the state’s governor in the 2016 election.
“After careful consideration, I have concluded that it is not right to ask for your support in 2014, knowing that my focus would be divided between doing my job as Attorney General while at the same time running as a candidate for Governor,’ the 45-year-old eldest son of Vice President Joe Biden said on his website. “The Office of Attorney General is a four-year commitment. Its responsibilities are too significant, and the voters’ trust too important not to give it my complete and undivided attention. It should not be, nor can it become, a two-year staging ground for another elected office.”
Incumbent Gov. Jack Markell (D) is serving his second term and is no longer eligible for a third term due to the state’s term limits. He described Biden as a dedicated public servant.
Biden was elected AG in 2006 defeating longtime prosecutor Ferris Wharton and was re-elected easily in 2010 by beating an independent candidate by a wide margin. During his first term, he was deployed to Iraq in 2008 as a member of the state’s national guard. He joined the service in 2003 with a rank of major.
In Ausust, Biden underwent operation at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston to remove a small lesion from his brain. His doctors gave him a clean bill of health in February.
Biden also suffered a mild stroke in 2010 and was absent from work for several weeks.
Biden’s run for governor may coincide with his father’s possible run for the presidency in 2016.