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Lee Zeldin

Lee 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
In office
Preceded by Brian X. Foley
Succeeded by Thomas D. Croci
Personal details
Born (1980-01-30) January 30, 1980
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 Jewish
Website Official website
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 2003–present
Rank Major
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 1
  • Personal life 2
  • New York Senate 3
    • Elections 3.1
    • Tenure 3.2
  • U.S. Congress 4
    • Elections 4.1
      • 2008 4.1.1
      • 2014 4.1.2
    • Tenure 4.2
    • Committee assignments 4.3
  • References 5
  • External links 6

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][2] He and his family attend the B’nai Israel Reform Temple in Oakdale, New York[3] where Zeldin had his bar mitzvah.[3] 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%.[4]


In March 2011 he secured repeal of the saltwater fishing license fee.[5] In August 2011, when Governor Cuomo directed the DEC to issue refunds to New Yorkers for saltwater fishing licenses, Lee Zeldin made the following Statement:"Governor Cuomo's unyielding leadership, vision and dedication is getting our state's fiscal house in order and stimulating our economy. Earlier this year, we passed a budget that successfully eliminated the fee to the recreational saltwater fishing license. And now the Governor is taking this one step further by directing the DEC to refund those individuals and businesses who purchased an annual fishing license for 2011. In addition, the new no-fee registry will continue to ensure that fishing remains free for all New Yorkers and make Long Island more attractive to tourist and businesses."[6][7]

In June 2011, Zeldin voted against -A 8354 - the Marriage Equality Act, which the Senate passed 33-29.[8] In a statement he said, "It is my belief that marriage should be defined as between a man and a woman."[9]

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.[10][11]

Zeldin has a mixed record on green energy issues.[12] He supported tax credits for commercial buildings and residents who use green technology but was the only State Senator to vote against requiring organizations receiving public funds to buy Energy Star equipment. And in June 2012, Zeldin cast the only nay vote on a bill that would prohibit the sale or offer for sale of electric lamps that contain mercury in excess of specified amounts.The bill stated that light bulbs that contain significant amounts of mercury are an environmental hazard to waste streams. The bill passed the Senate, 58-1 [1] As a result of his voting record on environmental issues, in 2012 Zeldin was given a 53% rating by New York-based environmental advocacy group EPL/Environmental Advocates.[13][14] He received a rating of 28% in 2013, and 16% in 2014[15][16]

On January 14, 2013 Zeldin was excused for Army Reserve duty and did not vote on S 2230 the NY SAFE Act, a key Gun Control bill that passed the Senate 43-18.[17][18]

In February of 2014, Lee Zeldin introduced S 6604, a bill that sought out a halt to the Common Core curriculum for three years.[19]The bill was referred to the Education Dept, but no action was taken.[20][21]

On March 17, 2014 Zeldin voted Nay on A 2597A - the NY Dream Act[22][23]

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%.[24]


On October 6, 2013, Zeldin announced he would seek the Republican nomination to again run against Congressman

New York State Senate
Preceded by
Brian X. Foley
New York State Senate, 3rd District
Succeeded by
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

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Committee assignments

In September of 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.[61]

In September of 2015, Zeldin, along with 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.” [59] [60]

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.[57][58]

As of September of 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. [56]

In July 2015, Zeldin co-sponsored H.R.2802[52] a bill whose supporters say is designed to protect Americans who believe that governmental actions legitimizing same-sex marriages might violate their personal religious beliefs should they individually then be forced to take part in them, even if only peripherally, for example, a florist, baker, photographer or catering hall operator who might face fines or other official sanctions for declining do do business with someone arranging such a marriage (critics of the measure say it enables people to violate the legal rights of same-sex couples and/or their children by discriminating against them).[53] According to the legislation, the federal government is not allowed to “take any discriminatory action against a person, wholly or partially on the basis that such person believes or acts in accordance with a religious belief or moral conviction that marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman, or that sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage.”[54] The bill, which the ACLU has called "a Pandora's Box of taxpayer funded discrimination against same-sex couples and their children,"[55] would prevent the federal government from acting against businesses and nonprofits that choose not be involved with same-sex married couples (which critics of the bill claim is discrimination). The critics of the bill assert that this would mean that government workers could refuse to perform their duties, and businesses and organizations - including those that operate with support from taxpayer money - would be free, in their view, to discriminate.

In July of 2015, Congressman Lee 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. [50] [51]

In July 2015,Lee Zeldin was among nine Republicans facing attacks for meeting with Oath Keepers which some say is an extremist conservative group.[49]

In May 2015, Zeldin voted for H.R.36 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.[48]

In April of 2015, Zeldin introduced H.R. 1888 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. [47]

In February of 2015, Zeldin introduced his first bill aimed at helping Long Island Veterans.[46]


On November 4, 2014, Zeldin defeated Bishop by a 54% to 45% [44]vote in the election to represent New York's First Congressional District in the United States Congress.[45]

In April 2014, when asked how he would have voted for the GOP Budget plan, Zeldin said he hadn't read the Republican budget.[38] As a result, in May 2014, a staffer for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) sent an email questioning if Zeldin is a coward for not explaining his position on the House GOP budget[39] A spokesman for the DCCC also posted a photo to Twitter of Zeldin's face superimposed on the body of the Cowardly Lion from the movie, The Wizard of Oz.[40] This angered Republicans.[41] Both Congressman Steve Israel and Tim Bishop later condemned the email, stating that they had not been aware of the comments to be made, and that they disagreed with them.[42][43]

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