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Lee Zeldin
Lee Zeldin official congressional photo.jpg
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
In office
Preceded by Brian X. Foley
Succeeded by Thomas D. Croci
Personal details
Born (1980-01-30) January 30, 1980 (age 36)
East Meadow, New York
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Diana
Children Two
Residence Shirley, New York
Alma mater SUNY Albany (BA)
Albany Law School (JD)
Profession Lawyer, Politician
Religion Judaism
Website Official website
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 2003–present
Rank Major US-O4 insignia.svg
Battles/wars Iraq War

Lee M. Zeldin (born January 30, 1980) is the U.S. Representative for New York's 1st congressional district. He is a member of the Republican Party and represents 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.

Early life, education, and military service

Zeldin was raised in Shirley, New York, and graduated from William Floyd High School in 1998. He received a B.A. (cum laude) in political science from the State University of New York at Albany in 2001 and earned his Juris Doctor from Albany Law School in May 2003.[1]

Upon graduation from law school, he received an Army ROTC commission as a Second Lieutenant, assigned to the Military Intelligence Corps of the United States Army. He became a member of the New York State Bar in January 2004 at the age of 23. In 2006, Zeldin was deployed to Iraq with an infantry battalion of paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division. 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.[1]

Personal life

Zeldin is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, and the Jewish War Veterans. He is married to Diana Zeldin, and they have twin daughters.[1] They live in Shirley, New York.[1]

New York Senate


In 2010 Zeldin ran in the New York Senate's 3rd district to challenge Democratic incumbent Brian X. Foley and defeated Foley 57%-43%.

In 2012, he won re-election to a second term, defeating Democrat Francis Genco 56%–44%.[2]


In June 2011, Zeldin voted against -A 8354 - the Marriage Equality Act, which the Senate passed 33-29.[3] In a statement he said, "It is my belief that marriage should be defined as between a man and a woman."[4]

In March 2012, Zeldin created the PFC Joseph Dwyer PTSD Peer-to-Peer Veterans Support program as part of the 2012–2013 New York State Budget.[5]

On January 14, 2013 Zeldin did not vote on S 2230 the NY SAFE Act, a key Gun Control bill that passed the Senate 43-18.[6][7]

In February 2014, Zeldin introduced S 6604, a bill that sought to halt implementation of the Common Core curriculum for three years.[8] The bill was referred to the Education Dept, but no action was taken.[9]

On March 17, 2014 Zeldin voted Nay on A 2597A - the NY Dream Act.[10][11]

U.S. Congress



In 2008, he challenged Democratic Congressman Tim Bishop in New York's 1st congressional district and was defeated by Bishop 58%–42%.[12]


On October 6, 2013, Zeldin announced he would seek the Republican nomination to again run against Congressman Tim Bishop.[13] Zeldin defeated George Demos and won the Republican Party nomination[14] and ran unopposed for the Conservative Party nomination in the primary on June 24, 2014. Zeldin had the backing of former Congressman and House Majority leader Eric Cantor (R-VA: 2011 – 2014)[15] as well as former Congressman Allen West (R-FL: 2011-2013),[16] Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)[17] and former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA: 1995-2007).[18] He was endorsed by the US Chamber of Commerce,[19] the National Federation of Independent Business,[20] the Suffolk County Republican Committee,[21] and Suffolk County Conservative Party Chairman Ed Walsh.[22][23][24]

On November 4, 2014, Zeldin defeated Bishop by a 54% to 45% [25] vote in the election to represent New York's First Congressional District in the United States Congress.[26]


In February 2015, Zeldin introduced his first bill, aimed at helping Long Island veterans.[27]

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.[28][29]

In April 2015, Zeldin introduced H.R. 1888, known as the Fluke Fairness Act, which would reform the current system by creating a regional approach to updating quotas and standards based on geographic, scientific, and economic data.[30]

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.[31]

In July 2015, Zeldin attached an amendment to the Student Success Act. This amendment allows for states to opt-out of the Common Core or other standards without penalty.[32]

As of September 2015, Zeldin cosponsored two bills in Congress that combat Lyme disease. Those bills include the Tick-Borne Disease Research and Accountability and Transparency Act of 2015 and the 21st Century Cures Act.[33]

On September 18, 2015, Zeldin voted yay on H.R. 3134 the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015, that would defund Planned Parenthood for one year.[34][35]

In September 2015, Zeldin, along with Adrienne Esposito executive director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment, condemned the dumping of dredged materials stating, “We can’t just assume that dumping these waste spoils in the Long Island Sound is environmentally benign. We support dredging initiatives all across the First Congressional District. What we do with that waste spoil is also just as critically important.” [36][37]

In September 2015, Zeldin along with Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that $2.5 million was put forth by the Federal Aviation Administration for a runway rehabilitation project at Gabreski Airport.[38]

In January 2016 The New York Post reported that Zeldin was a no-show in 2015 at 12 of 18 House Committee on Foreign Affairs hearings that dealt specifically with ISIS and Syria.[39][40]

Committee assignments


  1. ^ a b c d "Lee Zeldin". Retrieved February 1, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Our Campaigns – NY State Senate 03 Race – Nov 06, 2012". Retrieved February 20, 2015. 
  3. ^ "A8354-2011 - NY Senate Open Legislation - Enacts the Marriage Equality Act relating to ability of individuals to marry - New York State Senate". Retrieved February 20, 2015. 
  4. ^ Lavers, Michael (April 19, 2011). "Fire Islanders Celebrate Passage of Marriage Equality Bill". Fire Island News. Retrieved June 25, 2014. 
  5. ^ LaRocco, Paul (October 14, 2013). "Suffolk: Bellone credits Zeldin on state PTSD program". Newsday. Retrieved June 26, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Project Vote Smart - The Voter's Self Defense System". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved February 20, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Zeldin Releases Statement on Gun Legislation". Patchogue, New York Patch. 
  8. ^ "Common Core Adjustments Do Not Go Far Enough, Blast Opponents". Long Island Press. Retrieved February 1, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Senate Bill S6604". Retrieved February 1, 2016. 
  10. ^ "A2597A-2013 - NY Senate Open Legislation - Enacts the New York state DREAM ACT; repealer - New York State Senate". Retrieved February 20, 2015. 
  11. ^ Ramirez, David (March 31, 2012). "New York Dream Act Proponents Increase Pressure On Governor Cuomo To Provide Budget Support". Huffington Post. Retrieved June 26, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Our Campaigns – NY – District 01 Race – Nov 04, 2008". Retrieved February 20, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Zeldin to challenge Bishop for House seat". Newsday. Retrieved February 20, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Zeldin holds early lead in GOP primary". 
  15. ^ "Eric Cantor still on for Saturday Long Island fundraiser, Zeldin campaign says - Newsday". Newsday. Retrieved February 20, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Long Island Republican Questioned Over Event with Tea Party Favorite West". NY Daily News. 
  17. ^ "McCain Takes Sides in House GOP Primary in New York". At the Races. 
  18. ^ "Eric Cantor to attend fundraiser for Lee Zeldin's run for Congress". Newsday. Retrieved February 20, 2015. 
  19. ^ "Zeldin Nets Chamber Of Commerce Endorsement". NY State of Politics. Retrieved June 22, 2014. 
  20. ^ "NFIB/NY Backs Zeldin in Hot 1st District". National Federation of Independent Business. Retrieved June 22, 2014. 
  21. ^ Murphy, Rick (February 19, 2014). "Suffolk GOP Endorses Lee Zeldin". The Independent. Retrieved June 22, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Senator Lee Zeldin Endorsed by Suffolk County Conservative Party Chairman". 
  23. ^ "Edward Walsh, Conservative Party chief, to be charged with fraud, sources say". Newsday. Retrieved February 20, 2015. 
  24. ^ "Zeldin Gets Suffolk County Nod". NY State of Politics. Retrieved June 22, 2014. 
  25. ^ "Zeldin defeats Bishop as Suffolk GOP wins big on Election Day". The Suffolk Times. November 4, 2014. Retrieved February 2, 2016. 
  26. ^ LaRocco, Paul (November 5, 2014). "Lee Zeldin Defeats Tim Bishop, Kathleen Rice Wins Over Bruce Blakeman for Congress". Newsday. Retrieved November 10, 2014. 
  27. ^ "Rice, Zeldin file first bills aimed at aiding vets". Newsday. Retrieved February 5, 2016. 
  28. ^ "Exclusive: NRCC Announces 12 Members in Patriot Program". Roll Call: At the Races. Retrieved February 5, 2016. 
  29. ^ Hohmann, James; Viebeck, Elise (September 3, 2015). "The Daily 202: Contract with the NRCC — The deal GOPers make to get reelected". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 5, 2016. 
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  31. ^ "Emily's List Declares Rep Zeldin On Notice for 2016". Newsday. 
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  39. ^ "Tough-talking freshman congressman has been skipping Foreign Affairs Committee meetings". New York Post. Retrieved January 31, 2016. 
  40. ^ "Rep. Lee Zeldin’s hearing absences draw fire from rivals". Newsday. Retrieved January 31, 2016. 

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New York State Senate
Preceded by
Brian X. Foley
New York State Senate, 3rd District
Succeeded by
Thomas Croci
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Tim Bishop
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 1st congressional district

January 3, 2015 – present
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
David Young
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Ryan Zinke