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Christopher E. "Chris" Day
Republican candidate for
United States Congress, New York's 17th Congressional District
Opponent(s)Nita Lowey (D)
IncumbentNita Lowey
Personal details
Born (1984-12-29) December 29, 1984 (age 34)
Nyack, New York, U.S.
CitizenshipAmerican
Political partyRepublican
Other political
affiliations
Conservative (cross-endorsed)
Spouse(s)Jennifer Moccio (m. 2014)
ChildrenChristopher Jr., Scarlett, Declan
Alma materColumbia Business School
Yale University
Rockland Community College
Occupation • Private Equity & Venture Capital
 • United States Army officer
AwardsBronze Star
Ranger Tab
Combat Infantryman Badge
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/serviceEmblem of the United States Department of the Army.svg United States Army
Years of service2007–2011
RankUS-O3 insignia.svg Captain
Unit82nd Airborne Division CSIB.svg 82nd Airborne Division
525 BfSB.svg 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade
Battles/warsIraq War
Afghanistan War

Christopher E. Day (born December 29, 1984) is an American politician and former officer in the United States Army. He was the 2014 Republican candidate for Congress for New York's 17th congressional district and is the current elected Town Supervisor of Orangetown, New York.[1][2]

A former Army captain, Day holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Yale University. He is a lifelong resident of Rockland County, New York.[3]

Early life and education[edit | edit source]

Day was born in Nyack Hospital to Edwin and Jean Day and raised in New City, New York. He graduated from Clarkstown North High School in 2003, Rockland Community College in 2005 with an Associate degree, and earned his Bachelor's Degree from Yale in 2007.[citation needed]

While at Yale, he was active in the Yale Political Union, helped organize the Army ROTC company for the southern tier of Connecticut and served as its first cadet commander, and spent a month-long rotation with the 1-15th Field Artillery at Camp Hovey, South Korea. He earned the designation of Distinguished Military Graduate for his academic and military performance and was the top-ranked Cadet in the state.[4]

Military service[edit | edit source]

Day was commissioned as a lieutenant in the US Army Infantry and stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia for training in 2007, where he completed the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Airborne School, and Ranger School.[3]

After completing his training, Day was stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina as a Platoon Leader with F Company, 51st Infantry (Long Range Surveillance) in July 2008, and immediately deployed to FOB Sykes in Tal Afar, Iraq to join the unit there in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He spent just over two months in Iraq participating in surveillance and reconnaissance missions in the area between Mosul and the Syrian border.[3][5]

Upon returning to Fort Bragg, he transferred to the 4-73 Cavalry (Reconnaissance, Surveillance, & Target Acquisition) of the 82nd Airborne Division, deploying to the Farah Province of Afghanistan as a Platoon Leader. He spent a year in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from August 2009 to August 2010, including the areas of Bala Murghab and Bala Buluk. Towards the end of the deployment, he was promoted to Squadron Senior Logistics Officer (S4) and earned the rank of captain. During his military service, he earned 17 awards and decorations:[3]

Post-military and private sector[edit | edit source]

After leaving the Army, Day returned to Rockland County, earned an MBA from Columbia Business School in 2013 and began working in private equity & venture capital at Selway Capital, where he is currently a Vice President.[6]

In 2013, Day was named to Rockland County's Forty Under 40 for community service and professional achievement[7] and managed his father, Ed Day's successful County Executive campaign in Rockland County.[8][9][10]

2014 election[edit | edit source]

Day faced a substantial deficit in party registration and was defeated by Nita Lowey in the 2014 general election by a margin of 54 percent to 46 percent. This was Lowey's smallest margin of victory since taking office.[11][12] Lowey outspent Day by a 10:1 margin in the campaign.[13][14][15]

2017 Election[edit | edit source]

Chris Day declared his candidacy for Supervisor of Orangetown, New York in January 2017.[16] After all the ballots were counted, Day won the election by a close margin of 163 votes out of 16,189 votes cast, or 50.5% to 49.5%.[17]

Day was sworn into office on January 3, 2018, five days after his 33rd birthday.[18]

Personal life[edit | edit source]

Day has a son from his previous marriage named Christopher Jr., and he and his wife Jennifer have two children.[3]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-06-02. Retrieved 2014-07-09.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. "Day kicks off run for Nita Lowey's congressional seat". Westchester.news12.com. 2014-03-04. Retrieved 2017-02-24.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 "About Chris Day". Voteforday.com. Retrieved 2017-02-24.
  4. "Chris Day Announces Candidacy, Releases First Campaign Video". Rocklandtimes.com. 2014-02-22. Retrieved 2017-02-24.
  5. "Iraq violence makes local vets reflect on sacrifices". Lohud.com. Retrieved 2017-02-24.
  6. "Chris Day profile". Selwaycapital.com. Retrieved 2017-02-24.
  7. "Rockland Economic Development Corporation: Quarterly Newsletter" (PDF). Redc.org. October 2013. Retrieved 2017-02-24.
  8. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-07-28. Retrieved 2014-07-10.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  9. [1][dead link]
  10. "About Ed Day". Electday.com. 2014-06-20. Retrieved 2017-02-24.
  11. "Wayback Machine" (PDF). Web.archive.org. 28 January 2015. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  12. "Election Statistics - US House of Representatives: History, Art & Archives". Web.archive.org. 3 January 2013. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  13. "Nervous Nita Spends $1M as Angry Suburbanites Aid Astorino". Ryan Karben. 2014-10-27. Retrieved 2017-02-24.
  14. "COMMITTEE DETAILS FOR COMMITTEE ID C00219881". Docquery.fec.gov. Retrieved 2017-02-24.
  15. "COMMITTEE DETAILS FOR COMMITTEE ID C00557512". Docquery.fec.gov. Retrieved 2017-02-24.
  16. "Republican Chris Day enters Orangetown supervisor race". Lohud.com. Retrieved 2017-02-24.
  17. "County of Rockland, New York: Election Results". rocklandgov.com. Retrieved 2017-11-08.
  18. "Orangetown's Chris Day: 10 things to know as he takes office". lohud.com. Retrieved 2018-01-03.


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