BACKGROUND: Zeldin, 38, of Shirley, is on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform party lines. He is seeking a third term as the 1st District congressman. 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 currently 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. He serves on the House Financial Services Committee and Foreign Affairs Committee, as well as five House Subcommittees. He is co-chairman of the House Republican Israel Caucus, in addition to serving as co-chair of the Congressional Portuguese Caucus and Long Island Sound Caucus.
ISSUES: Legislation introduced by Zeldin to expand access to adult day health care for veterans was signed into law by President Donald Trump this year. It expands access to adult day care for severely disabled veterans in Long Island and across the country. The FAA Reauthorization Act this year included a provision by Zeldin that requires the FAA to reassess noise impacts from a North Shore helicopter route and consider alternatives, including a route over the Atlantic Ocean. The Plum Island Preservation Act, which would stop the sale of the island to the highest bidder, passed the House and is awaiting action in the Senate. He also touted emergency dredging projects this year of the Moriches Inlet and intercoastal waterways. Most constituents, he said, are happy with the direction of the country, including a healthy economy, better border security and progress combatting MS-13 gang violence.