Zeldin points to legislation he has helped pass in his first term, including permanently reauthorizing the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act for first responders and a bill to increase federal funding to New York for bridge repairs. He also worked with Peconic Bay Medical Center and Department of Veterans Affairs to open a health clinic in Manorville for Eastern Suffolk veterans. Another bill signed into law that he sponsored prevents the federal government from cutting off funding to states that opt out of the Common Core standard. Two proposals he sponsored to stop the sale of Plum Island have also passed the U.S. House but await action in the U.S. Senate.
Zeldin, 36, of Shirley, is on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform party lines. He is serving his first term as the 1st District congressman afterunseating six-term Democratic incumbent Tim Bishop in 2014. Previously, he served two terms in the State Senate. A graduate of William Floyd High School in 1998, he received a bachelor’s degree from the University at Albany in 2001 and a law degree from Albany Law School in 2003. He served four years in the U.S. Army on active duty, including in Iraq, and is in the Army Reserves. Since 2004, he has served in the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps. Zeldin, an attorney, is married and has twin daughters.