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Republican Brad Schimel sworn in as Wisconsin attorney general

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MADISON (AP) — Republican Brad Schimel says he is putting drug smugglers and dealers on notice that they are "public enemy No. 1" as he begins his tenure as Wisconsin attorney general.

Schimel was sworn in as attorney general on Monday. Schimel won election in November, taking over for fellow Republican J.B. Van Hollen who decided not to seek a third term.

Schimel, the former Waukesha County district attorney, says he spent the past 25 years as a prosecutor fighting crimes and the toughest challenge he's encountered is heroin and prescription drug abuse.

Schimel also says he is making a "solemn promise" to put aside politics in his role as attorney general leading the state Department of Justice.