LONG ISLAND, NY — Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY-1) was sworn in Sunday to a fourth term in the United States House of Representatives by newly re-elected Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
“It is an incredible privilege to represent the great, hardworking Long Islanders of New York’s First Congressional District, and I was honored to be sworn in for my 4th term in Congress,” said Zeldin.
“In just the last two years, I have fought day after day to deliver historic wins for my constituents, including saving Plum Island, steering the $2 billion electron-ion collider dream machine to Brookhaven National Lab, delivering billions of dollars in local infrastructure projects, securing millions of pieces of PPE for our local front line workers to finish the fight against coronavirus, and so much more. We’re not slowing down, and I look forward to continuing to deliver on the priorities most important to Long Islanders for years to come.”
On election night, Zeldin declared victory in the race to retain his 1st Congressional District seat after taking the lead against Democratic challenger and scientist Nancy Goroff.
“I am deeply honored and humbled that the families of Long Island have entrusted me to continue representing our great congressional district,” Zeldin said. “Since the day I was first elected, I have been willing to work with anyone to find common ground however possible. As America enters its next chapter, I am confident we will defeat the coronavirus and continue growing our economy … To achieve these goals, that means working across the political aisle.”
He thanked his family and added: “Working together does not mean compromising our values. To the men and women of law enforcement, I say thank you for all you do to keep our communities safe. I unapologetically support these amazing men and women, especially when they are under attack.”
He added: “Finally, to the voters of Long Island I say ‘thank you’. I am proud to have always called Long Island my home and it’s an honor to represent the greatest congressional district in America.”
Zeldin, 40, was born and raised in Shirley. He ran for his fourth term, with campaign platforms focused on his military service, support for law enforcement and veterans, a tough stance on immigration, fighting gang violence (including MS-13), growing jobs and the economy, and getting to the other side of the pandemic.
The 1st Congressional District includes most of central and eastern Suffolk County, including the East End, Brookhaven Town and most of Smithtown. View the district map here.
Zeldin’s tenure has been marked by speculation about his reported loyalty to President Donald Trump. Donald Trump Jr. was a guest at a Zeldin fundraiser and Zeldin has greeted the president as he landed on the East End for fundraising events. Zeldin was included in an immigration forum Trump held on Long Island that focused on eradicating gang violence.
Zeldin, however, has said he is proud of his ability to reach consensus on both sides of the political aisle.