10 Questions: Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY)

America’s New Congress is filled with hundreds of Members and thousands of stories. Each week, GOP.gov will introduce you to a new House Republican with “10 Questions.”

This week’s Featured Member is Rep. Lee Zeldin, who represents the 1st Congressional District of New York. Rep. Zeldin was sworn into office on January 6, 2015, and he serves on three committees: Transportation & Infrastructure, Foreign Affairs and Veterans’ Affairs.

Prior to serving in Congress, Rep. Zeldin spent four years on Active Duty with the U.S. Army in several different capacities. He also established a successful law practice and served in the New York Senate for four years.


We asked Rep. Zeldin 10 questions:

1. What was your first job? 

Computer Page at my local library

2. What is your favorite movie and why?

Rudy. You have to love that ending.

3.  What is your favorite vacation destination?


4. Where are you most likely to be seen dining when you’re home in your district?

Porter’s in Bellport.

5. Which team will win the NCAA Tournament?

At this point in the tourney, I’ll go with Duke

6. When did you realize you were a Republican?

The first moment I realized the fundamental principles of Republicanism in grade school

7. What’s the most important — but under-reported — policy issue you work on?

Helping our veterans with mental health challenges.

8. What motivated you to run for public office?

I want to be part of positive change; to put America back on the right track.

9. What were you most surprised about when you started serving in Congress?

The disconnect between perceptions and reality in DC and perception and reality in our districts.

10. What’s one piece of advice that has helped shape the course of your life?

Understand the difference between right and wrong and always pursue what is right

Want to learn more? Follow Rep. Zeldin on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Check out our previous editions of 10 Questions:

Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA)
Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA)
Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI)
Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-LA)
Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX)
Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ)
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)
Rep. Mike Bost (R-IL)
Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA)