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Meng's professional experience includes work a pro bono attorney for Sanctuary for Families and as a partner in Yoon and Kim, Limited Liability Partnership.
She earned a bachelor's degree from University of Michigan and a JD from Benjamin Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University.
She earned a bachelor's degree from University of Michigan and a JD from Benjamin Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University.
Meng's professional experience includes work a pro bono attorney for Sanctuary for Families and as a partner in Yoon and Kim, Limited Liability Partnership.
==Committee assignments==
==Committee assignments==

Revision as of 16:06, 24 June 2013

Grace Meng
U.S. House, New York, District 6
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 2
PredecessorGregory W. Meeks (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,730,611
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New York State Assembly District 22
2009 - 2013
J.D.Yeshiva University
Net worth$2,131,021
Office website
Campaign website
Grace Meng (b. October 1st, 1975) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives representing New York's 6th congressional district. Meng was first elected to the House from New York's 6th congressional district in 2012 and is currently serving her 1st term in office.

Meng is the first Asian American member of Congress from New York.[1][2]

She is set to run for re-election in New York's 6th congressional district elections, 2014.

Before her successful bid for Congress in 2012 Meng was a member of the New York State Assembly form 2009 to 2013.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Meng is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning she will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.


She earned a bachelor's degree from University of Michigan and a JD from Benjamin Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University.


Meng's professional experience includes work a pro bono attorney for Sanctuary for Families and as a partner in Yoon and Kim, Limited Liability Partnership.

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Meng serves on the following committees:[3]

New York Assembly


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Meng was appointed to the following committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Meng served on the following committees:


Campaign themes


Meng listed some of her campaign themes on her website:[4]

  • "Creating jobs for hardworking families in Queens will be my top priority when I get to Congress. While we avoided plunging into a second Great Depression following the 2008 financial crisis, economic growth is still too slow and our unemployment rate is still too high. I have a clear vision and 4-point plan for bringing jobs back to Queens:
  • Immediate federal aid to local and state governments to hire more teachers, police officers and firefighters.
  • Federal transportation dollars – and transportation-related jobs – to Queens. I will seek appointment to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure in order to achieve this objective.
  • Tax credits for small businesses that hire new workers.
  • Investment in technological advancement and initiatives that will help Queens thrive as a technology corridor.
  • As a Member of Congress, I will oppose the right-wing assault on the health care and senior citizen programs that are so crucial to the fabric of our society. I believe that every citizen should have access to quality, affordable health care; that individuals with pre-existing conditions should not be denied coverage; and that young people should continue to be able to stay on their parents’ insurance until they are 26.
  • We must also pass sensible, pro law enforcement gun legislation. In Congress I will fight for legislation:
  • Requiring all new semiautomatic pistols be capable of microstamping ammunition so that investigators can use bullet shell casings to identify perpetrators of gun violence;
  • Ensuring that all individuals prohibited from buying a firearm are uploaded to the national instant criminal background check system;
  • Requiring a background check for every firearm sale; and
  • Requiring employees of dealers in firearms submit to criminal background checks."

Her priorities in Congress involve building up the transportation system and tourism in Queens, as well as raising taxes on the wealthy to allow for hiring more firefighters and police officers in the borough.[5]



See also: New York's 5th congressional district elections, 2012

Meng was elected to the U.S. House from New York's 5th congressional district[ in 2012.[6][7] She defeated fellow New York Assembly member Rory Lancman, city councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley and physician Robert Mittman in the June 26 Democratic primary.[8] Meng defeated Lancman (Working Families), Daniel Halloran (R), and Evergreen Chou (G) in the November 6, 2012 general election.

Elizabeth Crowley's cousin, U.S. Representative and Queens Democratic Party Chairman Joseph Crowley, endorsed Meng over his relative. As a local Democratic leader, the congressman is heavily invested in the race; analysts suggest he would benefit from backing a winner after he endorsed a candidate in 2010 who went on to lose to Republican Bob Turner in an upset.[9]

Regardless, the party is not expected to lose the seat. Joe Crowley's interest in supporting Meng was more about bolstering the "perceived strengths" of the local Democratic organization, analysts say.[9] Meng did have the cash advantage, as well as the race advantage in a 40-percent Asian district. She was endorsed by The New York Times and EMILY's List,[9] among others.[10]

Lancman made a race of it, however. He was endorsed by the New York Daily News and the Queens Chronicle, and strongly pursued the Jewish vote.[9] He and Meng were involved in some intense campaigning, each sharply criticizing the other.[11][12] Lancman sent out a mass mailing decrying Meng's and Crowley's stances on Israel and national defense.[12]

Lancman also accused Meng of not supporting New York Assembly legislation to increase the tax on millionaires. Meng says she was instrumental in passing the measure, and some Assembly leadership have said both Lancman and Meng played a big roll in the new tax bill.[11]

U.S. House, New York District 6 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGrace Meng 59.6% 111,499
     Republican Daniel Halloran 27.2% 50,845
     Green Evergreen Chou 1% 1,913
     N/A Blank/Void/Scattering 12.1% 22,675
Total Votes 186,932
Source: New York State Board of Elections "U.S. House of Representatives Results"
U.S. House, New York District 6 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGrace Meng 50.7% 13,105
Rory Lancman 28.1% 7,271
Elizabeth Crowley 16.1% 4,163
Robert Mittman 5.1% 1,328
Total Votes 25,867


See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2010

Meng ran unopposed in the September 14 Democratic primary. She was also unopposed in the general election on November 2. In addition to running on the Democratic ticket, she ran on the Working Familes ticket.[13]

New York State Assembly, District 22 2010
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Grace Meng (D) 9,518


On November 4, 2008 Meng won election to the New York State Assembly, District 22, defeating opponent Ellen Young (I).

Meng raised $459,254 for her campaign while Young raised $225,750.[14]

New York State Assembly, District 22 2008
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Grace Meng (D) 13,549
Ellen Young (I) 1,898

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Meng is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Meng raised a total of $1,730,611 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 23, 2013.[15]

Grace Meng's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 6) Won $1,730,611
Grand Total Raised $1,730,611

Individual breakdown


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

Meng won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Meng's campaign committee raised a total of $1,730,611 and spent $1,666,012.[16]


In 2010, Meng received $461,437 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[17]


In 2008, a year in which Meng was up for election, she collected $459,254 in donations.[18]

Donor Amount
Xin Miao Inc $5,300
James Wu $3,800
Chang Jiang Supermarket Inc $3,800
At least 17 other individaul donations of: $3,800


Voting with party

June 2013

Grace Meng voted with the Democratic Party 94% of the time, which ranked 102 among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[19]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, From Jan 2013 to Apr 2013, Meng missed 9 of 102 roll call votes from Jan 2013 to Apr 2013, which is 8.8% of votes during that period. This is worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.[20]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Meng's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $994,045 to $3,267,998. That averages to $2,131,021, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2011 of $5,107,874.[21]


Meng and her husband, Wayne, have one child; Tyler.[22]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Gregory Meeks
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 6
Succeeded by
Preceded by
New York Assembly District 22
Succeeded by
Michaelle C. Solages (D)