State Assemblyman Ted Lieu, who also serves with the U.S. Air Force Reserves as a military prosecutor, was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in a ceremony at the State Capitol February 8th.

Lieu was promoted by President Barack Obama after 15 years of service, including four years on active duty as a member of the JAG Corps.

“I am humbled the President of the United States has approved my promotion,” said Lieu, who represents the 53rd District, which includes Marina del Rey. “For the last 15 years it has been a privilege for me to serve our country as a JAG officer and military prosecutor because I believe I can never give back to this country what it has given to my family.”

Lt. Col Lieu was promoted during the ceremony by Major General Bruce Casella, Commanding General of the 63rd Regional Support Command. The ceremony was lead by Assemblyman Paul Cook and was highlighted by a pin-on of the new rank, a silver oak leaf, by Casella, Lieu’s wife Betty Chim-Lieu and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Dean Galarneau. The American Legion Post 108 Honor Guard from Sutter Creek was also on hand.

“I want to applaud Assemblymember Lieu for his service to our country over the course of so many years,” Assembly Speaker Karen Bass said.

“He has fought for his district, his state and particularly homeowners in the Legislature. His commitment to our nation’s defense, however, deserves a special level of recognition and I congratulate him on his promotion to Lieutenant Colonel.”