Suffolk County native, Congressman Lee Zeldin graduated from the State University of New York at Albany and then Albany Law School, becoming New York’s youngest attorney at the time at age 23.
Congressman Zeldin served four years on Active Duty as a Military Intelligence Officer, Prosecutor and Military Magistrate. In 2006, he was deployed to Iraq with an infantry battalion of paratroopers in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Following active duty service, Congressman Zeldin transitioned to the Army Reserve, where he serves as a Lieutenant Colonel.
In 2008, Congressman Zeldin opened a successful law practice, which he operated until his election to the New York State Senate in 2010, representing New York’s 3rd Senate District. As a State Senator, he led the successful efforts to repeal the MTA Payroll Tax for 80% of employers and the Saltwater Fishing License Fee. He also created the PFC Joseph Dwyer Program to help veterans battling PTSD.
Congressman Zeldin was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2014, representing New York’s First Congressional District.
Representative Zeldin has consistently secured victories for his district. He championed the successful effort to save Plum Island, steered a $2 billion Electron Ion Collider to Brookhaven National Lab, and ushered into law bills to aid disabled veterans and safeguard veterans’ homeownership opportunities.
He also secured a new veterans health care clinic, saved a communications spectrum for first responders, helped permanently reauthorize the Victim Compensation Fund for 9/11 first responders and families, and advanced key Army Corps projects, including the authorization of approximately $3 billion for the FIMP project.