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Congressman Lee Zeldin

Congressman Zeldin is a combat veteran of the US Army
He is running for United States House of Representatives in
Primary Date: Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Combat Veterans For Congress PAC is endorsing the 98th Combat Veteran For Congress in 5 years; he is a fiscally conservative candidate who will work to rein in the out of control spending by irresponsible members of Congress and the Obama administration, will work toward unleashing the private sector to grow once again, to create jobs, and stimulate business investment.  Maj Lee M. Zeldin, USAR (JAG) resides in Shirley, New York, is an  11 year veteran of the US Army, active and reserve duty.  Maj Zeldin is running for election to represent the 1st Congressional District of New York in Congress.  Maj Zeldin is running against 6 term liberal Democratic Congressman Tim Bishop, who voted for Obamacare in November 2009 & the final version in March 2010, voted to cut military pensions and benefits of military personnel, voted to cut Medicare, voted to increase airline taxes, voted 9 times to increase the national debt to $10 trillion over what it was when he was first elected, voted consistently against holding the IRS accountable, voted against a bill to hold Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress, in general Bishop voted in lock-step with Pelosi for the entire time he has been in Congress.  Lee Zeldin was born on January 30, 1980 in East Meadow, New York.  Lee was raised in Shirley, New York and in June 1998, he graduated from William Floyd High School in Mastic Beach, New York.  In September 1998, Lee was accepted into the ROTC program at State University of New York, in Albany, New York and graduated in May 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science.   Cadet Lee Zeldin completed ROTC in 2002, and then was a completion cadet until May 2003, when he received a Juris Doctorate Degree in Law from Albany Law School in Albany, New York.

In May 2003, Lee Zeldin was sworn into the US Army as a Second Lieutenant in the Military Intelligence Corps; in 2000 during ROTC summer training, Cadet Zeldin completed Airborne training at Fort Benning, Georgia.  In September 2003, 2nd LT Zeldin attended Military Intelligence Officer Basic School at Fort Huachuca, Arizona and completed training in February 2004.  In March 2004 2nd LT Zeldin was promoted to First Lieutenant and transitioned to the Judge Advocate Generals Corps (JAG), he received orders to report to JAG Officer Basic School at Fort Lee, Virginia Phase 1 in June 2004; he completed training in Phase 2 September 2004.  He received orders to report for duty in the Legal Assistance Office in Fort Huachuca; in November 2004 1st Lt Zeldin was promoted to Captain.  In January 2005, Cpt Zeldin assigned with Headquarters Company, 82nd Airborne in the Legal Assistance Office at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.  In April 2005 Cpt Zeldin was assigned as Trial Counsel for the 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division. 

In July 2006, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Cpt Zeldin deployed with the 1st Battalion, 325th Infantry Regiment,  2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division as the Legal Advisor in Tikrit, Iraq.  From July 2006 to September 2006, he was involved in Cordon and Search Operations, and Detainee Operations. He was the Legal Advisor under the command of LTC Michael Richardson, USA in the search for high value targets and evidence.  In September 2006, Cpt Zeldin received orders to return to Fort Brag, NC as the Chief od Claims and a Magistrate at XVIII Airborne Corps.  For service in Iraq Captain Zeldin was awarded with the Iraq Campaign Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal  Meritorious Service Medal, Service and Campaign Medals.  While at Fort Bragg, Capt Zeldin was on jump status and earned the Chilean and German Airborne Jump Wings.  Subsequent to Duty in Iraq, Cpt Zeldin was awarded with the Meritorious Service Medal for service in the U S Army Judge Advocate General Corps, including for the period in Iraq.

In September 2007, Capt Zeldin transferred to the US Army Reserve. He was assigned to the 12th Legal Services Office (LSO) at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.  In September 2011, Cpt Zeldin was transferred to the 7th LSO in Albany, New York, where he serves today.  Capt Zeldin completed JAG Advanced Course Phase I at the Army Reserve Center in Albany, NY in the Fall 2011.  Capt Zeldin was promoted to Major in May 2012.   In January 2013, Maj Zeldin completed JAG Advanced Course Phase II at Charlottesville, VA.  Maj Zeldin’s military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal (Oak Leaf for a second award), US Army Jump Wings, Chilean Jump Wings, German Jump Wings, and various Service and Campaign Medals for combat duty in Iraq.

Following his release from active duty in the US Army in September 2007, Captain Lee Zeldin accepted a position as an Attorney with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for brief period.  In December 2008, Lee opened his own Law Firm in Smithtown, New York.  In 2010 Lee campaigned for the New York State Senate in the 3rd Senate District in Suffolk County, and was elected in November 2010 and took office in January 2011.  In August 2011 Senator Zeldin accepted a position in the law firm of Borah Goldstein in New York.  While serving in the New York State Senate, Lee chaired the Consumer Protection Committee, and is a member of the Higher Education, Aging, Transportation, Mental Health & Development Disabilities, Judiciary, and Veterans Committee.  Senator Zeldin’s term in the New York State Senate is over in December 2014; because he decide to run for Congress in the 1st Congressional District of New York, Senator Zeldin is not standing for re-election to the New York State Senate.  During this period as a State Senator,  Senator Zeldin wrote a law that protects fallen veterans and their families from protests at military burials.   While serving in the State Senate, Senator Zeldin also created and secured funding for the PFC Joseph Dwyer Program, a statewide program that helps returning veterans cope with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury(TBI); he will continue to support those programs when he is elected to US Congress!

Lee is a member of the VFW, the American Legion, the NRA, Jewish War Veterans, and SAFE(Long Island pro-gun group).  Lee has been endorsed by the Suffolk County Corrections Officers Association (SCCOA), Suffolk County Deputy Sheriff’s Association, Congressman Peter King (R-NY-2),  US Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK-Senate), US Senator John McCain (R-AZ-Senate), US Senator Alfonso D’Amato (R-NY-Senate/Ret), Sergeants Benevolent Association of the NYPD, New York State Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox, New York State Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long, All Town and County Republican and Conservative Chairmen in the 1st Congressional District, Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine, New York State Assemblyman Mike Fitzpatrick, the Combat Veterans For Congress PAC.  Lee is an active member of B’ Nai Israel in Oakdale, New York and with his wife Diana of nearly 8 years, they are the proud parents of 7 year old female twins, Mikayla and Arianna

The Combat Veterans For Congress PAC is pleased to endorse Major Lee M. Zeldin, USAR (JAG)  who will bring to Congress private sector skills and wisdom to better solve problems in government and represent the 1st Congressional District of New York and the Republic.  If you review Maj Zeldin’s positions on his Web site, you will be pleased with his position on critical issues and they agree with the Combat Veterans For Congress Mission Statement.  We look forward to working with Maj Zeldin, and are pleased that a Combat Veteran of his caliber is running for Congress.  If you have friends, associates, or relatives who know voters in the 1st Congressional District of New York, kindly pass this E-mail on to them, and ask them to support Maj Zeldin by working in his campaign, providing financial support for his campaign in any amount, and/or by networking with others who would be willing to support his campaign.  The military is one of the few remaining institutions producing the caliber of men and women needed to restore this nation to the greatness our Founding Fathers envisioned.  We have endorsed another Combat Veteran for Congress that General George Washington would have approved of.  He is a Veteran who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to “The United States of America” for an amount “up to and including his life.”

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