State Assemblyman Ted Lieu of Torrance has been recognized by the California State Commanders Veterans Council with the “Mickey Conroy Legislator of the Year” award, given to state legislators who have been strong advocates for veterans’ issues.

The Mickey Conroy Legislator of the Year award is given to legislators who have shown their commitment to California’s veterans and their families by promoting the rights, benefits, and entitlements of those who have served their country in peace and in war.

The award is named for former Assemblyman Mickey Conroy, a veteran of World War II, the Korean, and Vietnam wars, who was a strong advocate of veterans in the Assembly and an officer of the Commanders Veterans Council.

“Assemblymember Lieu’s successful efforts to secure consumer loan rights for service members and unpaid leave for spouses of service members when on leave from a combat zone are a testament to his active leadership on veterans’ issues,” the Commanders Veterans Council members said in a statement. “Assemblymember Lieu has also brought his military knowledge to the Assembly Veterans Affairs Committee, thereby providing this valuable expertise to its delibera- tions.”

The council is a membership organization of over 20 military-related and veterans organizations, including the California branches of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

Lieu currently holds the rank of major in the United States Air Force Reserves. He has served on active duty for four years as a member of the Judge Advocate General Corps. During his tenure, Lieu received awards and medals for his service and dedication to the men and women in Armed Forces, both abroad and locally.

Lieu represents the 53rd Assembly District, which includes much of The Argonaut’s readership area south of Santa Monica.