Lee Zeldin is a former United States Congressman, representing New York’s First Congressional District from 2015-2023. Most recently, Zeldin sent shockwaves across the nation after nearly winning the New York Gubernatorial campaign as a Republican, receiving more votes than any Republican statewide since Nelson Rockefeller 52 years earlier. His efforts led to down ballot success in key Congressional races that flipped the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives from Democrat to Republican.
Lee Zeldin spent four years on Active Duty with the U.S. Army after completing ROTC, and served in different capacities, including as a Military Intelligence Officer, Prosecutor, and Military Magistrate. In the summer of 2006, while assigned to the Army’s elite 82nd Airborne Division, Zeldin deployed to Iraq with an infantry battalion of fellow paratroopers in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He still serves to this day as a Lieutenant Colonel in his 20th year in the United States military.
In 2010, Lee Zeldin was elected to the New York State Senate. As a State Senator, Congressman Zeldin led the successful effort to repeal the MTA Payroll Tax for 80 percent of employers, a job killing tax that was hurting New York's small businesses. He also created the PFC Joseph Dwyer Program, a peer-to-peer counseling program for veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI); the program quickly expanded across New York.
Following four years in the State Senate, Lee Zeldin was elected to Congress in 2014 where he served eight years on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and six years on the House Financial Services Committee. As one of two Jewish Republicans in Congress, Representative Zeldin was a co-chairman of the House Republican Israel Caucus, which had over 100 members. He championed many important local priorities for his district, including the successful effort to save Plum Island, a large number of Army Corps of Engineers projects, and a $2 billion Electron Ion Collider he was able to steer to Brookhaven National Lab. He quickly became a prominent and outspoken national voice on U.S. foreign policy, border security, military affairs, combating antisemitism, and much more.
Congressman Lee Zeldin grew up in Suffolk County, New York, where he graduated from William Floyd High School in Mastic Beach. Congressman Zeldin graduated from the State University of New York at Albany (SUNY) and then Albany Law School. At just 23 years old, Lee Zeldin was sworn into the New York State Bar, making him the youngest attorney in the state. He currently resides in his hometown of Shirley with his wife, Diana, and their twin daughters, Mikayla and Arianna.
Lee Zeldin’s personal experience with his daughter’s premature birth is an inspirational pro-life, pro-faith journey that is guaranteed to give your audience chills and goosebumps. Lee’s twin daughters, Mikayla and Arianna, were born 14 ½ weeks early, weighing just a pound and a half each. The Zeldin girls were forced to overcome great adversity from the moment of birth. Using the power of prayer, the miracles of modern medicine, and their will to live, Mikayla and Arianna are now 16, finishing high school next year, and already leaving their own mark on the world. Lee witnessed life in the second trimester, and has seen firsthand the impacts of advocating for life, and never giving up. Additionally, being a cancer survivor, Zeldin continues to appreciate the importance, sanctity and value of life. Lee Zeldin maintained a firm pro-life record throughout his time in the New York State Senate and U.S. House of Representatives. In this keynote, Lee will tell the beautiful story of his daughters’ early battles, overcoming cancer, and elaborate on what it truly means to support life.