Lee Michael Zeldin (born January 30, 1980) is an American attorney, member of Congress, and officer in the United States Army Reserve. A Republican, he has represented New York's 1st congressional district in the United States House of Representatives since 2015.

He represents the eastern two-thirds of Suffolk County, including most of Smithtown, the entirety of Brookhaven, Riverhead, Southold, Southampton, East Hampton, Shelter Island, and a small portion of Islip. 

During Donald Trump's presidency, Zeldin was a staunch Trump ally. He prominently defended Trump during his first impeachment hearings in relation to the Trump–Ukraine scandal. 

After Trump lost the 2020 presidential election and made false claims of fraud, Zeldin voted against certification of Arizona's and Pennsylvania's electoral votes

In April 2021, Zeldin announced his candidacy for governor of New York in 2022. He is the nominee of the Republican Party and the Conservative Party, having defeated three challengers in the Republican gubernatorial primary. He has selected Alison Esposito as his preferred running mate

The 62-year-old took medical leave from his job as a host on the Seattle-based radio show, “The Danny Bonaduce & Sarah Morning Show.” Bonaduce added: “I couldn’t keep my balance. I slurred really badly. I was afraid of everything. I was afraid of my stairs for God’s sake – I was hoping for a diagnosis but did not get one.”

Republicans haven’t won a gubernatorial race in New York in two decades. Lee Zeldin, a conservative congressman from Long Island, wants to change that.

After beating out three opponents in the GOP primary on Tuesday, Zeldin will now face off against Governor Kathy Hochul, a Democrat who became the state’s first female governor last year when Andrew Cuomo resigned over sexual harassment allegations. 

In a solidly Democratic state like New York, the road to Albany for a Republican has been challenging, but Zeldin and his supporters say this year is different. 

Zeldin, 42, an attorney and former US Army intelligence officer who had a tour in Iraq in 2006, is hoping his campaign focusing on the economy and public safety will outweigh his vociferous support of former president Donald Trump, who remains deeply unpopular in his home state. On Jan. 7, Zeldin joined with more than 100 Republicans House colleagues in voting against certifying President Joe Biden’s victory.