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Lee Zeldin
Lee Zeldin.jpg
New York Senate District 3
In office
2011 - present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 4
Base salary$79,500/year
Per diem$171/full day; $61/half day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity at Albany
J.D.Albany Law School
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service2003-2007
Service branchUnited States Army Reserves
Years of service2007-2009
Date of birthJanuary 30, 1980
Office website
Lee M. Zeldin (b. January 30, 1980) is a Republican member of the New York State Senate, representing District 3. He was first elected to the chamber in 2011.


Zeldin earned his bachelor's degree in political science from the State University of New York at Albany and his J.D. from Albany Law School. His professional experience includes practicing law at Raiser and Kenniff. Zeldin is currently a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserves. Upon graduating from law school, he received a commission in the Army ROTC as a second lieutenant serving with the Military Intelligence Corps. In 2004, he transitioned to the Judge Advocate General's Corps working as a Federal Prosecutor in the 82nd Airborne Division. In 2006, he was deployed with a paratrooper division to Iraq as a part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. After he returned, he ran for U.S. Congress in 2008 unsuccessfully.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Zeldin served on the following committees:

New York Committee Assignments, 2013
Consumer Protection, Chair
Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs
Higher Education
Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities
Investigations and Government Operations


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Zeldin served on these committees:


Lee Zeldin discusses his key principles[1]

Campaign themes

Zeldin's campaign website highlighted several main issues:

  • Reduce Property Taxes: "Property taxes on Long Island are outrageously high. The 10 highest property taxed counties in the country are in New York. Lee supports reinstating the STAR Property Tax Rebate Program. The Senate Democrats, with Lee's opponent as the deciding vote, eliminated our STAR Property Tax Rebate checks. Young families, seniors and others were relying on these checks to get some much deserved and needed relief from high property taxes."
  • Repeal the MTA Payroll Tax: "Lee's opponent cast the deciding vote to create the MTA Payroll Tax. The MTA “Foley” Payroll Tax is killing small businesses, schools, hospitals, non-for-profits, and local governments in Islip, Brookhaven and throughout Long Island. Entities paying the tax have been forced to lay off employees, cut payroll and watch their profits shrink."
  • Reform Education Funding to Benefit Long Island More: "Long Island deserves its fair share of state school aid. Lee's opponent was the deciding vote to slash Long Island’s share of new state school aid by 62% in 2009. Long Island has between 13% and 17% of our state’s public school enrollment and attendance yet we received ONLY 5% of the new state school aid in return last year. Lee wants to reform our state school aid formula so that Long Island school districts get our fair share from Albany."
  • Create Jobs: "Lee Zeldin started his own small business and he knows that taxes do not create jobs—they kill jobs. As our voice in the State Senate, Lee will cut taxes and unnecessary red tape for businesses in Brookhaven and Islip which will create jobs. Tax incentives should be implemented for companies who create sustainable jobs."
  • Corruption and Dysfunction in Albany: "The culture of corruption and dysfunction in Albany must end. Albany is in need of a full overhaul. For too long, New York has been controlled by “3 men in a room.” Too many of our legislators have been involved in scandals and back room deals. The interests of Islip and Brookhaven are being sold out to the New York City based leadership. Lee will fight to end the dysfunction and special interest influence throughout New York, and limit the role of government in our daily lives."



See also: New York State Senate elections, 2012

Zeldin ran in the 2012 election for New York State Senate District 3. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on September 13, 2012 and defeated Francis T. Genco (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012. [2][3]

New York State Senate, District 3, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLee Zeldin Incumbent 55.8% 51,920
     Democratic Francis T. Genco 44.2% 41,139
Total Votes 93,059


See also: New York State Senate elections, 2010

Zeldin was uncontested in the September 14 Republican primary. Zeldin defeated incumbent Brian Foley (D) in the general election on November 2.[4] In addition to running on the Republican ticket, Zeldin ran on the Independence Party of New York State and Conservative Party tickets.

New York State Senate, General Election Results, District 3 (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Lee Zeldin (R) 41,063
Brian Foley (D) 30,876

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Zeldin raised a total of $1,037,220 in campaign contributions.[5]

His three largest campaign contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
Senate Republican Campaign Cmte of New York $328,450
Independence Party of New York $18,000
WB Stellar IP Owner LLC $11,000


Zeldin and his wife Diana have two children.

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