Andy Lee for PA House 131
Early Life & Family – Andy Lee was born to first-generation Scottish immigrants Francis and Elizabeth Lee in Norwich Ct, the fourth of five sons. Andy’s parents taught their sons the value of hard work and service to the country and community. His brothers Joe, Will, and Stephen are all tradesmen and proud union members working in sheet metal fabrication, carpentry, and in public utilities. His eldest brother Frank Lee passed away while serving in the United States Air Force in 1979. Andy has been married for 25 years to his wife Carol. He has three children, Gabriella, Evan, Julia, and son-in-law Greg, as well as one grandson, Henry.
Career & Businesses – Andy is a first generation college graduate – he graduated from Central Connecticut State University in 1987 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing. He immediately joined the insurance industry, where he worked as an underwriter, sales manager, and lead for giants like AIG, Aon, and Willis before joining a startup insurance firm as a senior partner 1996. In three years, he helped build that startup into a several hundred-million dollar firm. In 2000 he accepted a buyout to become an independent insurance consultant, forming Millennium Insurance Partners.
Looking for a new challenge, Andy decided to enter the restaurant industry. With the help of a partner, Andy
rehabilitated a rundown, disused building in an economically declining part of Hellertown, Pennsylvania into Braveheart Highland Pub & Restaurant. Since its opening in 2006, Braveheart and Andy’s commitment to the community has helped spark a reinvestment and renewal in the neighborhood surrounding the restaurant.
Braveheart, and its recently renovated sister restaurant Taps Tavern employ over 70 local residents, who are each paid well above the mandated minimum wage. Andy strongly believes that fairly supporting his staff is not only a moral obligation, but a wise business investment in low-turnover, high performing staff who care about the product, the customers, and the business.
Civic Minded and A Proven Fundraiser – Beyond the tens of millions in redevelopment costs, investments, salaries and payments to local workers, construction firms, and vendors that Braveheart and Taps have reinvested in the community of the 131st and beyond since their founding, Andy himself has always worked hard to give back to the communities he lives in, often fundraising tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars to support important causes he believes in, and that the community desperately needs.
Briefly, Andy’s experience with charity fundraising started in 1998 when he raised tens of thousands of dollars for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society to run in the Dublin Marathon. Exhilarated by the experience, Andy realized he could put his years of experience in the private sector into raising money for good causes. Since then, he has run in the Vineman Ironman Triathlon for charity, was named the Lehigh Valley Leukemia Lymphoma Society Man of the Year, helped raise money to upgrade a local communities’ outdated Little League youth baseball facilities, and additionally donates thousands of dollars a year from Braveheart & Taps in contributions to local charitable organizations and events.
Braveheart & Taps also support the Mercer School for disabled children and St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Hospitals.
Andy Lee has always been passionate about helping his community, and for the last two decades, he’s proven time and time again he can marry his professional skills and his tireless commitment to doing good for those around him. Andy Lee is the candidate and Representative that the people of the 131st Legislative District deserve.
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