Patrick Meehan

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Patrick Meehan
Patrick Meehan.jpg
U.S. House, Pennsylvania, District 7
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PredecessorJoe Sestak (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$7.75 in 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$5,621,669
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sBowdoin College
J.D.Temple University
BirthdayOctober 20, 1955
Place of birthCheltenham, Pennsylvania
Net worth$257,511.50
Office website
Campaign website

Patrick Meehan (b. October 20, 1955, in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Pennsylvania. Meehan was first elected in 2010 and most recently won re-election in 2012.[1]

Meehan is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on May 20, 2014.[2] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Prior to becoming a congressman, Meehan was a U.S. Attorney. Before that, he was an aide to Sen. Arlen Specter and the district attorney for Delaware County, Pennsylvania.[3]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Meehan is a more moderate right of center Republican Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Republican Party line more than his fellow members.


Meehan attended Bowdoin college for his undergraduate degree and later earned his Juris Doctor from Temple University School of Law. He is a former United States Attorney, and he was Delaware County District Attorney from 1996 to 2001. As noted in his office bio, during Meehan's tenure as D.A., he won a number of significant murder prosecutions. Other credits include launching Delaware County's first Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force to crack down on cyber-sex predation.[3] Before ever serving in public office, Meehan worked as a referee in the N.H.L. for two years.[3] His entry into the political field occurred when he took a job as an aide for ex-Sen. Arlen Specter in 1991.


  • 1978: Graduated from Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine
  • 1986: Graduated from Temple Law School, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • 2001-2008: Served as U.S. attorney
  • 1991-1994: Aide to Senator Arlen Specter
  • 1996-2001: Delaware County (Pa.) district attorney
  • 2011-Present: U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Meehan serves on the following committees:[4]


Meehan served on the following committees:

  • Homeland Security
    • Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence
    • Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies
  • Oversight and Government Reform
    • Subcommittee on TARP, Financial Services and Bailouts of Public and Private Programs
    • Subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and Procurement Reform
  • Transportation and Infrastructure
    • Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials
    • Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management
    • Subcommittee on Aviation

Key votes

113th Congress


The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[5] For more information pertaining to Meehan's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Meehan voted in favor of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[7]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Meehan voted against House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[7]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Meehan voted in favor of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[8] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[7]


Voted "Yes" Meehan voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[7]


Farm bill

Voted "Yes" On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[9] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[10][11] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[11] Meehan voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Voted "Yes" On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[12][13] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[13] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[14] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Meehan voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[12]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[15] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[16] Meehan voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[17]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[18] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Meehan voted for HR 2775.[19]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Meehan voted in favor of House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.[7]


Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "No" Meehan voted against House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[7]

Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act

Voted "Yes" Meehan voted against HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[7]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "No" Meehan voted against House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[7]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Meehan voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 85 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[20]


On The Issues Vote Match

Meehan's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of all Congressional members based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Meehan is a Moderate Conservative. Meehan received a score of 35 percent on personal issues and 63 percent on economic issues.[21]

On The Issues organization logo.
On The Issues Vote Quiz
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Unknown
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Favors Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Unknown Human needs over animal rights Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Favors
Support & expand free trade Strongly Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Unknown
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Opposes Expand the military Unknown
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Opposes Stay out of Iran Strongly Opposes
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated in 2014.[21]

Campaign themes


Meehan's campaign website lists the following issues:[22]

  • Economy
Excerpt: "As the nation works to recover from the recession, our top economic priority must be to produce new, good paying and sustainable jobs in our region. That means developing an economic environment that allows small businesses to grow and flourish, creating new job opportunities for local residents."
  • Fiscal Responsibility and Taxes
Excerpt: "Congressman Meehan is a voice for fiscal responsibility in Washington, DC and will fight any effort to increase taxes on the middle class."
  • Health Care
Excerpt: "Congressman Meehan believes the current health care debate in Washington must focus on two key issues: controlling health care costs and increasing accessibility to health care."
  • Transportation
Excerpt: "Congressman Meehan believes that in order to ensure the future prosperity and continued economic development of the United States we must make it a priority to reinvest in our transportation system."
  • Seniors – Protecting Social Security and Medicare
Excerpt: "Congressman Meehan knows that Social Security and Medicare are an important part of an individual’s retirement and they are promises that the federal government needs to keep."
  • Energy
Excerpt: "Congressman Meehan believes that America must have access to affordable sources of energy if we expect to be economically viable, maintain our standard of living and become less reliant on foreign sources of energy."



See also: Pennsylvania's 7th Congressional District elections, 2014

Meehan is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on May 20, 2014.[2] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.


See also: Pennsylvania's 7th Congressional District elections, 2012

Meehan ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Pennsylvania's 7th District. He was unopposed in the April 24 Republican primary and faced Democrat George Badey in the November 6 general election.[23]

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in Pennsylvania in 2012 as one of the ten states that could have determined whether Democrats gained control of the House or Republicans would hold its majority in 2013.[24] Ohio tied with Pennsylvania for 9th on the list.[24]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 7 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic George Badey 40.6% 143,509
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPatrick Meehan Incumbent 59.4% 209,942
Total Votes 353,451
Source: Pennsylvania Department of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Meehan is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Meehan raised a total of $5,621,669 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 18, 2013.[26]

Patrick Meehan's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Pennsylvania, District 7) Won $2,589,844
2010 US House (Pennsylvania, District 7) Won $3,031,825
Grand Total Raised $5,621,669


Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Patrick Meehan's reports.[27]

Patrick Meehan (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[28]April 15, 2013$1,007,477.33$207,367.00$(153,706.43)$1,061,137.90
July Quarterly[29]July 15, 2013$1,061,137.90$402,221.00$(104,221.71)$1,359,137.19
October Quarterly[30]October 13, 2013$1,359,137.19$162,586.00$(117,462.62)$1,404,260.57
Year-End[31]January 31, 2014$1,404,260$280,115$(92,473)$1,591,902
April Quarterly[32]April 15, 2014$1,590,902.16$149,014.26$(130,772.94)$1,609,143.48
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Meehan's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Meehan won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, his campaign committee raised a total of $2,589,845 and spent $1,627,729.[33] This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[34]

Cost per vote

Meehan spent $7.75 per vote received in 2012.


Meehan won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Meehan's campaign committee raised a total of $3,031,825 and spent $2,986,713.[35]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 7, 2010 - Patrick Meehan Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $3,031,825
Total Spent $2,986,713
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $1,668,458
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $1,628,783
Top contributors to Patrick Meehan's campaign committee
Cozen & O'Connor$40,550
Duane Morris LLP$24,150
Conrad O'Brien PC$23,950
Pepper Hamilton LLP$17,800
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius$15,900
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$474,820
Leadership PACs$135,150
Real Estate$127,700
Securities & Investment$118,900

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have personally benefited from their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics pioneered by the Government Accountability Institute:

PGI: Net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Meehan's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $65,023 to $450,000. That averages to $257,511.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Meehan ranked as the 326th most wealthy representative in 2012.[36] Between 2009 and 2012, Meehan's calculated net worth[37] increased by an average of 2 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[38]

Patrick Meehan Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2009 to 2012:6%
Average annual growth:2%[39]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[40]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Meehan is a "rank-and-file Republican" as of June 2013.[41]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[42]

Meehan most often votes with:

Meehan least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Meehan missed 19 of 1,714 roll call votes from January 2011 to April 2013. This amounts to 1.1%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving as of April 2013.[43]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Meehan paid his congressional staff a total of $715,795 in 2011. Overall, Pennsylvania ranked 34th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[44]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.


Meehan ranked 232nd in the conservative rankings in 2012.[45][46]


Meehan was ranked 227th in the conservative rankings, making him the 12th most liberal Republican in U.S. House in 2011.[47]

Voting with party


The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Patrick Meehan has voted with the Republican Party 90.2% of the time, which ranked 219th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[48]


The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Patrick Meehan has voted with the Republican Party 86.5% of the time, which ranked 223 among the 242 House Republican members as of December 2011.[49]


Meehan is married to Carolyn. They have three children.

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See also

External links


  1. Politico, "2012 House Race Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 Associated Press, "Pennsylvania - Summary Vote Results," May 20, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Congressman Patrick Meehan, "Biography," accessed August 7, 2013
  4., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 Project Vote Smart, "Patrick Meehan Key Votes," accessed October 15, 2013
  8. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  9. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  10. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  11. 11.0 11.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled farm bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  14. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  15. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  16. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  17. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  18. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  19. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  20. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  21. 21.0 21.1 On The Issues, "Meehan Vote Match," accessed July 7, 2014
  22. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed March 17, 2014
  23. Pennsylvania Department of State, "2012 General Primary Unofficial Returns," April 24, 2012
  24. 24.0 24.1 Washington Post, "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012," accessed April 25, 2012
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  26. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Patrick Meehan," accessed April 18, 2013
  27. Federal Election Commission, "Patrick Meehan 2014 Summary reports," accessed October 28, 2013
  28. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  29. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  30. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission, "Meehan Year-End," accessed February 5, 2014
  32. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  33. Open Secrets, "Patrick Meehan's 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 4, 2013
  34. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  35. Open Secrets, "Patrick Meehan 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 16, 2011
  36. OpenSecrets, "Meehan, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
  37. This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
  38. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  39. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  40. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  41. Gov Track, "Patrick Meehan," accessed June 19, 2013
  42. OpenCongress, "Rep. Patrick Meehan," accessed August 22, 2013
  43. GovTrack, "Patrick Meehan," accessed April 17, 2013
  44. LegiStorm, "Patrick L. Meehan," accessed September 24, 2012
  45. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 21, 2013
  46. National Journal, "TABLE: House Conservative Scores by Issue Area," February 21, 2013
  47. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  48. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  49. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
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Preceded by
Joe Sestak
U.S. House of Representatives - Pennsylvania District 7
Succeeded by