BACKGROUND: Kelly, 63, of Bayport is running on the Republican party line in the general election. Kelly has been in private practice in Bayport since 2009. Previously, he was senior rule of law adviser for the U.S. Department of State with a Provincial Reconstruction Team in southern Iraq in 2009. He was an attorney with Glynn, Mercep and Purcell from 2000 to 2009 and in private practice in Sayville from 1989 to 2000. He was a senior assistant county attorney in Suffolk County, performing federal trial litigation from 1984 to 1988, and assistant district attorney in Suffolk County from 1982 to 1984. He was a special investigator in the Civil Rights Unit of the New York Department of State under Mario Cuomo from 1978 to 1979. He received a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in 1977 and a law degree from Brooklyn Law School in 1982. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1983 as well as the 2nd, 4th and 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He was a lead attorney with Trial Lawyers Care, an organization that offered pro bono legal advice to the families of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. He led the creation of Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection (TSGLI), a lump sum traumatic injury benefit program for seriously wounded American service members.