William H. "Bill" Zeliff, Jr. (born June 12, 1936) is a Republican politician from New Hampshire who was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1991-97.

Bill Zeliff
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's 1st district
In office
January 3, 1991 – January 3, 1997
Preceded byBob Smith
Succeeded byJohn E. Sununu
Personal details
Born (1936-06-12) June 12, 1936 (age 83)
East Orange, New Jersey
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Sydna Taylor; 3 children
Alma materUniversity of Connecticut

Born in East Orange, New Jersey, Zeliff graduated from Milford High School in Milford, Connecticut in 1954 and received his B.S. at the University of Connecticut in 1959, where he was a member of the Delta Chi fraternity. He served in the Connecticut Army National Guard from 1958–64 and afterwards was in the United States Army Reserve.[citation needed]

Zeliff worked as a sales and marketing manager in the consumer products division of E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company from 1959 to 1976 and was also an innkeeper and small business owner. He ran unsuccessfully for the New Hampshire Senate in 1984 and was a delegate to the 1988 Republican National Convention which nominated George H. W. Bush for the presidency.[citation needed]

Zeliff was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1990, took seat in 1991 and was reelected in 1992 and 1994. In 1996, Zeliff opted to instead run in the gubernatorial race for Governor of New Hampshire. He lost the nomination to the chairman of the New Hampshire Board of Education Ovide Lamontagne who went on to lose the election to New Hampshire State Senator Jeanne Shaheen.[citation needed]

Zeliff is a member of the ReFormers Caucus of Issue One.[1]


Zeliff lives in Jackson, New Hampshire and works as a private advocate. He is married to Sydna Taylor and has three children.


  1. ^ "Issue One – ReFormers Caucus". www.issueone.org. Retrieved 2018-10-15.


U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Bob Smith
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's 1st congressional district

January 3, 1991 – January 3, 1997
Succeeded by
John E. Sununu