U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett is resigning effective July 31.
Hogsett has been considered a possible Democratic candidate for Indianapolis mayor, governor or even U.S. senator.
But just in January, Hogsett said he planned to serve out his full term as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, which would have run through past the 2016 elections, into 2017.
Now, Hogsett appears to have reversed that decision.
In a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder this morning, Hogsett said it had been an honor to serve in the office for the last four years.
“I have had the privilege to do so alongside a talented group of Assistant United States Attorneys,” Hogsett said. “I owe them and our tireless support staff a debt of gratitude for the dedication and resilience that has been displayed every day of my tenure.”
Indiana political analyst Ed Feigenbaum says any talk of a run for political office is purely speculative, but he says the timing of the resignation points to higher ambitions.
“The only reason to leave a job like this with so much time left is to look for something better,” he says. “Joe Hogsett is a guy who’s always been interested in serving the public, and he’s always been a great retail campaigner. You add the two equations together, and you come up with Mayor of Indianapolis in 2015.”
Marion County Democratic Chair Joel Miller agrees that a potential mayoral run is just speculation at this point but says Hogsett’s experience as U.S District Attorney would make him a unique candidate.
“Joe Hogsett offers this city something that’s lacking which is strong leadership on public safety and a proven record on public safety,” he said.
Former Governor and U.S Senator Evan Bayh originally nominated Hogsett for the position of U.S District Attorney.
He doesn’t know if Hogsett is going to put his hat in the ring for Mayor, but says if he does, the last four years prepared him to deal with the city’s violence issues.
“I think whoever the next leader of our city happens to be they’ll need to have a thoughtful program for growing our economy and creating good jobs, trying to foster the best education system we can have, and having safe and reliable neighborhoods,” said Bayh. ”If we are going to achieve any of those things, we’ve got to come to grips with the violent crime problem we’ve got.
“Joe Hogsett, I think, brings a record of experience to that that would be unmatched by almost anyone I can think of.”
When asked if he would financially support Hogsett if decides to run for Mayor, Bayh said he will support him in any way that is legally allowed.
Hogsett was nominated to serve as U.S. attorney in 2010, and he was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
WFYI’s Sam Klemet contributed to this report.