|Lee M. Zeldin|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from New York's 1st district
Assumed office |
January 3, 2015
|Preceded by||Tim Bishop|
|Member of the New York Senate|
from the 3rd district
January 1, 2011 – December 31, 2014
|Preceded by||Brian X. Foley|
|Succeeded by||Thomas Croci|
January 30, 1980|
East Meadow, New York, U.S.
University at Albany, SUNY (BA)|
Union University, New York (JD)
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||2003–2011|
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Lee M. Zeldin (born January 30, 1980) is an American lawyer and politician currently serving as a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He has represented New York's 1st congressional district since taking office in January 2015. The 1st district includes Central and Eastern Suffolk County, including most of Smithtown, as well as the entirety of the towns of Brookhaven, Riverhead, Southold, Southampton, East Hampton, and Shelter Island, and a small portion of Islip.
- 1 Early life, education, and military service
- 2 New York Senate
- 3 U.S. Congress
- 4 Political positions
- 5 Personal life
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Early life, education, and military service
Zeldin was raised in Shirley, Suffolk County, New York and graduated from William Floyd High School in 1998. He received a bachelor's degree cum laude in political science from the University at Albany in 2001 and earned his Juris Doctor from Albany Law School of Union University, New York in May 2003.
After law school, Zeldin received an Army ROTC commission as a Second Lieutenant, assigned to the Military Intelligence Corps of the United States Army. In January 2004, he was admitted to the New York State Bar. In 2006, he was deployed to Iraq with an infantry battalion of paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division. Zeldin also served as a lawyer in the Judge Advocate General's Corps. In 2007, he transitioned from active duty to the Army Reserve where he currently serves with the rank of Major. In 2008, Zeldin started a law practice in Smithtown, New York, which he operated full-time until being elected to New York's 3rd State Senate district in 2010.
New York Senate
In 2010, Zeldin ran in the New York State Senate's 3rd district, challenging Democratic incumbent Brian X. Foley. Zeldin defeated Foley with 58% of the vote. In 2012, he was re-elected to a second two-year term, defeating Democrat Francis Genco with 56% of the vote.
In January 2011, Zeldin co-sponsored legislation that enacted a 2% property tax cap.
In June 2011, Zeldin voted against the Marriage Equality Act, which the Senate passed 33–29. In a statement after the bill passed, Zeldin said: "It is my belief that marriage should be defined as between a man and a woman."
On January 14, 2013, Zeldin did not vote on the NY SAFE Act, a gun control bill that passed the New York State Senate, 43 votes to 18. In a statement released to the press after the vote, Zeldin said he would have voted against the measure.
On October 6, 2013, Zeldin announced he would seek the Republican nomination to again run against Tim Bishop. Zeldin defeated George Demos in the Republican Party primary and ran unopposed for the Conservative Party nomination in the primary on June 24, 2014. On November 4, 2014, Zeldin defeated Bishop with 54% of the vote.
In February 2015, the NRCC announced that Zeldin was one of 12 members in the Patriot Program, a program designed to help protect vulnerable Republican incumbents heading into the 2016 election.
In the 2016 Republican primary, Zeldin faced no opposition. In the November 8, 2016, general election, he faced Democrat Anna Throne-Holst, a member of the Southhampton Town Board. Zeldin won with just over 58% of the votes.
- Committee on Foreign Affairs
- Committee on Financial Services
In July 2015, Zeldin was among nine Republicans who faced criticism after meeting with Oath Keepers, a group of retired military, police and fire department employees. The New York Daily News reported that "the chapter's website includes postings by a member embracing a film that claims the December 2012 Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax and calling President Obama a 'Muslim/Extremist.'"
In March 2016, Zeldin was ranked as the 45th most bipartisan member of the U.S. House of Representatives during the 114th United States Congress (and the eighth most bipartisan member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York) in the Bipartisan Index created by The Lugar Center and the McCourt School of Public Policy that ranks members of the United States Congress by their degree of bipartisanship (by measuring the frequency each member's bills attract co-sponsors from the opposite party and each member's co-sponsorship of bills by members of the opposite party).
In 2015, Zeldin had a 14% environmental rating from the League of Conservation voters. He was 29% below average for members of the House of Representatives, and the second lowest rated congressman in the New York delegation.
In April 2015, Zeldin, along with Charles Schumer, the senior United States Senator from New York, introduced the Fluke Fairness Act. The bill would have changed the current system for managing fluke fishing quotas by creating a regional approach to updating quotas and standards based on geographic, scientific, and economic data. The bill did not pass.
On July 15, 2015, Zeldin introduced the Exclusive Economic Zone Clarification Act. The bill proposed to amend the boundary in part of the federal Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). It would give fisheries management of Block Island Sound exclusively to New York and Rhode Island; some Connecticut fishermen said the bill could put them out of business. The bill died in committee.
Also in September 2015, Zeldin, along with Adrienne Esposito, executive director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment, condemned a proposed federal plan for dumping of dredged materials, stating: "We can't just assume that dumping these waste spoils in the Long Island Sound is environmentally benign."
In 2016, the League of Conservation Voters awarded Zeldin an 8% rating, which was the worst record in the entire New York State congressional delegation.
Zeldin said in April 2018 that he did not support the Paris Accords in their present form. He expressed concern about “other countries that are contributing to very adverse impacts on our climate but not having the level of responsibility that they need to have in stepping up and making a positive change in their own countries.”
In February 2016, Zeldin, along with Republican congressmen Mike Pompeo of Kansas and Frank LoBiondo of New Jersey, sought visas to travel to Iran to check the country's compliance with the Iran nuclear deal framework. In June, Iran called the request a "publicity stunt" and said it would deny the visas.
In May 2015, Zeldin voted for H.R.36, a bill which he co-sponsored, that would prohibit abortions in cases where the probable age of the fetus is 20 weeks or later and would impose criminal penalties on doctors who violate the ban.
In 2015, Zeldin co-sponsored two bills in Congress that would combat Lyme disease. The bills are the Tick-Borne Disease Research and Accountability and Transparency Act of 2015 and the 21st Century Cures Act.
On September 18, 2015, Zeldin voted for the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015, a bill that would defund Planned Parenthood for one year unless the organization agrees to not provide abortion services.
Zeldin has said that Israel is “America’s strongest ally," and that Congress must “protect Israel’s right to self-defense.”
In June 2015, after the United States Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that state-level bans on same-sex marriage were unconstitutional, Zeldin would not comment about his view of same-sex marriage, but indicated that he believed the issue should have been decided at the state level. A month later, Zeldin signed on as a co-sponsor of the First Amendment Defense Act, a bill whose supporters said was designed to protect Americans who used their religious beliefs to deny services to same sex couples or unmarried pregnant women. Critics of the measure said it will enable people to violate the legal rights of same-sex couples and their children by discriminating against them.
Zeldin has a "B" rating from NORML regarding his voting record on cannabis-related matters. He has voted twice in support of the Veterans Equal Access Amendment, which includes providing veterans access to medical marijuana per their doctor's recommendation and if it is legal in the state of which they reside.
Appearing on NPR in November 2017, Zeldin said he was not yet satisfied with the proposed GOP tax bill. He complained in particular about the elimination of the state and local tax deduction. That same month, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan canceled plans to attend a fundraiser for Zeldin after the latter voted against the House version of the GOP tax bill. In December, Zeldin called the tax bill “a geographic redistribution of wealth” that takes money from some states while providing tax relief in others. He suggested that the removal of the state tax deduction could have been implemented gradually.
Zeldin voted against the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, which passed in December 2017. He supported the corporate tax cuts in the bill but did not approve of the limit for property tax deductions, preferring a cap of $20,000 or $25,000 as opposed to the $10,000 that was in the bill.
On May 3, 2016, Zeldin endorsed Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee  Zeldin had previously indicated that he would support the eventual Republican nominee. During the campaign, Zeldin faulted Trump for a comment about Khizr and Ghazala Khan, a Gold Star family whose son Humayun, a Captain in the Army, was killed during the Iraq War, but stated he would continue to support Trump.
In 2017, Zeldin supported Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey, saying it offered the FBI a chance at a "fresh start" to rebuild trust. In May 2018, Zeldin called for the criminal prosecution of former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe. That same month, Zeldin also called for creating a special counsel investigation into the FBI and the DOJ regarding those agencies' investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Zeldin said that the investigations into Russian interference were launched with "insufficient intelligence and biased motivations", with surveillance warrants for Trump campaign staffers being obtained in "deeply flawed and questionable" ways. Zeldin also called for an investigation into the FBI decision to conclude its investigation into the Hillary Clinton email controversy.
In February 2015, Zeldin introduced his first bill, to eliminate the dollar limit for loans that the United States Department of Veterans Affairs can guarantee for a veteran. In February 2016, Zeldin proposed federal legislation that would fund a three-year, $25 million nationwide veterans peer support program modeled on one he helped establish while a member of the New York State.
Zeldin's wife, Diana, is a Mormon. The couple has twin daughters, Mikayla and Arianna. They live in Shirley, New York. Zeldin is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, and the Jewish War Veterans.
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|New York State Senate|
Brian X. Foley
| New York State Senate, 3rd District
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 1st congressional district
January 3, 2015 – present
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