Lee was born on August 27, 1948 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Syracuse University. Currently, he is a member of the faculty of the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. He has also been a member of the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. In 1990, he was named Executive Director of the Milwaukee Jewish Council for Community Relations.
Before being elected to public office himself, Lee was a legislative assistant for U.S. Representative Henry S. Reuss. Lee was elected to the Assembly in 1976 and was elected to the Senate in 1982 and served from 1983 until 1989. He was succeeded in his Senate seat by future U.S. Representative Tom Barrett. Lee is a Democrat.
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