Lee Zeldin is an American attorney, politician, and officer in the United States Army Reserve. He’s a Republican and a current member of the United States House of Representatives, representing New York’s 1st Congressional District since 2015.
He served as a member of the New York State Senate from the 3rd Senate District from 2011 to 2014. In April 2021, Zeldin announced that he would run for governor of New York in 2022 under the nomination of the Republican Party and the Conservative Party.
He defeated three challengers to win the party’s primary. He is on the ballot in the general election on November 8, 2022, and he’s running against the incumbent Governor Kathy Hochul.
Here is a brief biography of Lee Micheal Zeldin:
|Full Name||Lee Michael Zeldin|
|Age||42 years old|
|Hometown||Suffolk County, New York|
Lee Zeldin Early life
Lee Michael Zeldin was born in East Meadow, New York on January 30, 1980 (He’s currently 42 years). He’s the son of Merrill Schwartz and David Zeldin. Lee grew up in Suffolk County, New York. He is ethnically Caucasian.
Lee Zeldin Education
Lee graduated from William Floyd High School in Mastic Beach, New York in 1998. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from SUNY Albany in 2001. He also attended Hebrew school. Lee received his Juris Doctorate from Albany Law School on May 3. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2004.
Lee Zeldin Family
Lee married Diane. The couple has two identical twin daughters – Mikayla and Arianna. He and his family live in Shirley, New York. Zeldin was raised in Conservative Judaism while his wife is Mormon.
Lee Zeldin Career
Lee received an Army ROTC commission as a second lieutenant, and served in the United States Army from 2003 to 2007, first in the Military Intelligence Corps. In 2007, he transitioned from active duty to the Army Reserve, where he achieved the rank of lieutenant colonel.
In 2007, Lee became an attorney for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. In 2008, he started a general-practice law firm in Smithtown, New York. He operated it full-time until he was elected to New York’s 3rd State Senate district in 2010.
Lee Zeldin Political career
In 2009, Lee challenged Democratic incumbent Brian X. Foley for the New York State Senate’s 3rd district. He defeated Foley with 57% of the vote. In 2012, he was re-elected, defeating Democrat Francis Genco with 56% of the vote. Lee’s amazing performances were felt while he was in the Senate.
In 2008, Lee challenged incumbent Representative Tim Bishop in New York’s 1st congressional district. However, he lost to Bishop. On October 6, 2013, Lee announced that he would again seek the Republican nomination to run against Bishop. This time, Lee defeated Bishop with 54% of the vote in the November 4 election.
In February 2015, the National Republican Congressional Committee announced that Lee was one of 12 members in the Patriot Program, a program designed to help protect vulnerable Republican incumbents in the 2016 election.
In the 2016 Republican primary, Lee faced no opposition. In the November 8 general election, he faced and won Democratic nominee Anna Throne-Holst, a member of the Southampton Town Board with 58% of the vote.
Lee ran unopposed in the 2018 Republican primary. In the November general election, his chief opponent was Democratic nominee Perry Gershon, who also had the endorsement of the Working Families Party. Zeldin defeated Gershon – 51.5% – 47.4%.
In 2020, Lee ran unopposed in the Republican primary and defeated Democratic nominee Nancy Goroff in the November 3 general election – 54.9% to 45.1%. In April 2021, Zeldin announced he would run for governor of New York in 2022. He has received several endorsements and designations for his campaign.
Lee faced Rob Astorino, Andrew Giuliani, and Harry Wilson in the Republican primary and was declared the winner on June 29, 2022. Zeldin will face incumbent Governor Kathy Hochul in the November general election. Lee has contested many elections and won, even against incumbents. Considering his prowess and previous victories, Lee has a high chance of winning in the coming general election.