Rick Lazio, an alumnus of West Islip High School and graduate of Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, earned a law degree from American University. He was elected to his house seat in November 1992 as a conservative Republican, and currently lives in Brightwaters, Long Island.
At the start of the 1999 Congress, Lazio was named to the post of Assistant Majority Leader, and also serves as Deputy Majority Whip, a position in which he helps the House leadership and Republican members communicate with each other on a wide variety of Legislative issues.
Lazio, as a member of the House Budget Committee, has helped to author legislation that brought the first balanced federal budget in a generation, according to lazio.com, the "only official Rick Lazio website."
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