Beau Biden, the son of Vice President Joe Biden and the current attorney general of Delaware, announced he will not seek re-election this fall and instead will pursue the office of governor.
Biden revealed the news in a statement on his website.
"Over the past few months, as I’ve been planning to run for reelection, I have also been giving a great deal of thought to running for Governor in 2016," Biden wrote. "What started as a thought — a very persistent thought — has now become a course of action that I wish to pursue.
"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."
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Like his father, Biden is a Democrat. Now 45, he joined the Delaware Army National Guard in 2003 and was deployed to Iraq for one year, from 2008-2009. He became Delaware's attorney general in 2006 and remained in office during his deployment. Biden was reelected in 2010.
Biden said he did not consider seeking the office for a third time and then running for governor in 2016.
"The Office of Attorney General is a four-year commitment," his statement reads. "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."
Biden's health has been a concern in recent years. He had a mild stroke
in 2010, and last August he became weak and disoriented during a family vacation. Doctors eventually removed a "small lesion" from his brain, according to USA Today.
Biden said in November that he was given
"a clean bill of health."
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