Rep.-elect Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.-01)

DATE OF BIRTH: Jan. 30, 1980
BIRTHPLACE: East Meadow, N.Y.
RESIDENCE: Shirley, N.Y.
OCCUPATION: State senator
EDUCATION: B.A., University at Albany, State University of New York; J.D., Albany Law School
PREVIOUS OFFICE HELD: State senator
FAMILY: Wife, Diana; two children

New York state Sen. Lee Zeldin defeated six-term Rep. Tim Bishop in New York’s 1st District, covering eastern Long Island. Zelden had previously battled Bishop in 2008, falling short in his first run for Congress.

Zelden will be the only Jewish Republican in Congress following former Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s (R-Va.) primary defeat earlier this year.

A graduate of Albany Law School, he became New York’s youngest lawyer at the age of 23. He spent four years on active duty in the military, serving with the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division in Iraq. Zeldin still serves in the Army Reserves at the rank of major.

After starting his own law practice, he was elected to the state Senate in 2010. In the Legislature he worked to repeal a payroll tax for many transit employees.

He and his wife, Diana, have two daughters.