Lee Leffingwell is a native of Austin, and grew up in the Bouldin neighborhood in South Austin.
His father was an Austin firefighter and later a Travis County Deputy Sheriff; his mother worked as an admissions clerk at the University of Texas.
Lee attended Austin public schools (Becker, Fulmore, and Travis) and graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in mechanical engineering.
After college, Lee became an officer and pilot in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. After leaving active duty, he served in the Navy Reserves and retired at the rank of Commander.
He was a pilot with Delta Air Lines for more than 31 years, retiring as an international B-767 and MD-11 Captain.
After Delta, Lee became a full-time community volunteer in Austin, working primarily on environmental issues. He was appointed to the Environmental Board by the Austin City Council in 1999, and subsequently elected Chair by his colleagues.
In 2005, Lee ran for and won the Place 1 seat on the Austin City Council; he was re-elected to that seat in 2008 with 68% of the vote.
In 2009, Lee ran successfully for Austin mayor, winning the support of every endorsing neighborhood, environmental and Democratic group. He is running for a second term in 2012.
Lee is married to Julie Byers, a registered nurse at Seton Northwest. Lee and Julie are the parents of three, and the grand-parents of six.
Lee is a regular runner and hiker, mostly in an effort to offset regular lunches at Threadgills.