Lee Cheuk Yan is the member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong and the General Secretary of the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions. He emigrated from Mainland China to Hong Kong in 1959. He graduated from the with a bachelor degree in civil engineering.
Since his university days, he has been a labour and pro-democracy activist. During the student-led Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, he collected donations from Hong Kong and travelled to Beijing to hand-over the funds to student protesters at Tiananmen Square. He was detained by the authorities there and made to sign a confession letter before being allowed to return to Hong Kong.
Since the events of 1989, Lee has remained a standing committee member of the pro-democracy group, The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China.
In 1995, Mr Lee was elected unopposed in a byelection of the . He won and was re-elected four times since then. Mr Lee has been a lawmaker for more than a decade, except a brief period during 1997 and 1998, when the sovereignty of Hong Kong was transferred to the People's Republic of China, and the Legislative Council temporarily became a Provisional Legislative Council which was filled with people indirectly hand picked by Beijing.
Mr Lee is married to Elizabeth Tang, the chairperson of the Hong Kong People's Alliance on WTO.