Lee Zeldin grew up in Suffolk County and graduated from William Floyd High School in Mastic Beach. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Albany and then his law degree from Albany Law School, becoming New York's youngest attorney at the time at the age of 23.
Lee spent four years on Active Duty with the U.S. Army and served in different capacities including as a Military Intelligence Officer, Federal Prosecutor and Military Magistrate. In the summer of 2006, while assigned to the Army’s elite 82nd Airborne Division, Lee deployed to Iraq with an infantry battalion of fellow paratroopers in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
In 2007, Lee returned to Suffolk County with his family. It was at this time, he transitioned from Active Duty to the Army Reserves, where he currently serves with the rank of Major. He then established a successful law practice in 2008. Elected to the State Senate two years later, in 2010, he’s been working hard every day to keep the promises he made to the hard-working families he represents.
Senator Zeldin successfully fought to repeal the MTA Payroll Tax for 80 percent of employers. This was a job killing tax that was hurting small businesses. Lee successfully repealed the Saltwater fishing License Fee and secured funding for the PFC Joseph Dwyer Program, a statewide program to help our returning veterans cope with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). He sponsored legislation to enact the nation’s strongest property tax cap and also helped reduce middle income tax rates to the lowest level in 60 years. He’s worked with Governor Cuomo on a bi-partisan basis to create much-needed jobs and eliminate over $13 billion in state budget deficits. Lee also wrote the law that protects our fallen veterans and their families from protests at military burials.
Looking forward, Lee knows there’s a lot more work to be done. And he’s running for Congress so he can do even more to cut taxes, reign in wasteful government spending and create jobs. He knows that we must act now for Washington to end the fiscal insanity and D.C. dysfunction.
Lee resides in his hometown of Shirley with his wife, Diana, and their twin daughters, Mikayla and Arianna.