MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A Republican state senator from eastern Long Island says he is running for Congress next year.
Lee Zeldin made the announcement in a press release issued Monday.
The two-term state senator is a major in the U.S. Army Reserves and an Iraq war veteran.
Zeldin, who lives in Shirley, is seeking the nomination to run in the 1st Congressional District.
The incumbent is Democrat Timothy Bishop. He says he is concentrating on doing his job and will run against whoever is nominated.
Also considering a run is former SEC enforcement lawyer George Demos, also a Republican.
A Zeldin run would threaten the GOP's hold on leadership in the Senate.
Republicans and a conservative Democrat share the majority with the four-member Independent Democratic Conference in the 63-seat chamber.
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