Becoming Indiana’s attorney general is not, historically, a path to the governorship, or any other higher office.

Yes, Democrat Attorney General Alonzo Smith served as an interim lieutenant governor from 1886-89, and Samuel Jackson was briefly in the U.S. Senate in 1944. In 1992, Attorney General Linley Pearson won the Republican gubernatorial nomination, but nearly quit before the convention ended in a dispute over composition of the ticket. In 2016, Attorney General Greg Zoeller lost a 9th Congressional District primary to mostly unknown Trey Hollingsworth, formerly of Tennessee, who used family wealth to win the nomination and the seat.

Brian A. Howey is publisher of Howey Politics Indiana at www.howeypolitics.com. Find him on Facebook or Twitter @hwypol.

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