Hogsett not throwing hat in mayoral ring for 2015

INDIANAPOLIS - U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett will not be a challenger for mayor of Indianapolis in 2015, he confirmed Thursday.

"This is the best job I have ever had," Hogsett said. "I look forward to serving the remainder of my term."

Hogsett served as Indiana secretary of state from 1989-1994 after managing Evan Bayh's successful campaign for governor. He lost a bid in 1992 for U.S. Senate against Dan Coats, and another in 1994 for the U.S. House of Representatives against David McIntosh.

Hogsett was appointed the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana in 2011 following a nomination by President Barack Obama.

His tenure as U.S. Attorney has been marked by his Violent Crime Initiative, which has seen a marked increase in federal firearms charges in the state, and an indictment against Imperial Petroleum in 2013 on allegations of fraud related to biodiesel sales.

Hogsett has drawn criticism and speculation about his future political ambitions by maintaining a high-profile image since his appointment as U.S. Attorney.

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