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Grace Meng
Grace Meng Official Congressional Photo.jpg
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
Cost per vote$14.95 in 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
Place of birthNew York City, New York
Net worth$2,114,522
Office website
Campaign website
Grace Meng (b. October 1st, 1975, in New York City, NY) 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 was a 2014 Democratic and Working Families Party candidate seeking re-election to the U.S. House to represent the 6th Congressional District of New York.[3] Meng ran uncontested for both nominations in the primary on June 24, 2014.[4]

Before her successful bid for Congress in 2012, Meng was a member of the New York State Assembly.

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 J.D. 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:[5]

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:

Key votes

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[6] For more information pertaining to Meng's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security


Voted "No" Meng voted in opposition 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.[8]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" Meng voted in opposition 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.[8]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" Meng voted in favor of 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.[8]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Meng voted in support 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.[9] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[8]


Farm Bill

See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "No" Meng voted against the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[10] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[11]

King Amendment

Meng signed a letter sent to Collin Peterson in August 2013, asking him to keep Steve King's amendment out of the final Farm Bill.[12] The "Protect Interstate Commerce Act" amendment prevents states from applying their own laws on agricultural products to agricultural products from another state.[13]. King introduced the amendment in response to a law in California, requiring a larger size cage for egg-producing chickens. King represents Iowa, which is a large egg producer.

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" 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.[14] 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.[15] Meng voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[14]

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.[16] 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. Meng voted for HR 2775.[17]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" Meng voted against 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.[18] The vote largely followed party lines.[19]


Repealing Obamacare

Voted "No" Meng has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[20]

Social issues


Voted "No" Meng voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[21]


On The Issues Vote Match

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

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials 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, Meng is a Populist-Leaning Liberal. Meng received a score of 61 percent on personal issues and 20 percent on economic issues.[22]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[23]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Favors
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Opposes Human needs over animal rights Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Unknown
Support & expand free trade Unknown Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Strongly Favors Expand the military Opposes
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Neutral Stay out of Iran Opposes
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[22] If you notice the rating has changed, email us.


Meng was attacked and robbed in November 2013 in Washington on her way home from dinner with a friend. She suffered bruising and swelling to the back of her head, along with injuries to her knee, hand and face. Meng returned to the Hill the following day. An investigation is ongoing.[24]

Campaign themes


Meng listed some of her campaign themes on her website:[25]

  • "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.[26]



See also: New York's 6th Congressional District elections, 2014

Meng ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent New York's 6th District. Meng ran uncontested for the Democratic and Working Families Party nominations in the primary on June 24, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.


See also: New York's 6th Congressional District elections, 2012

Meng was elected to the U.S. House from New York's 6th Congressional District in 2012.[27][28] She defeated fellow New York Assembly member Rory Lancman, city councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley and physician Robert Mittman in the June 26 Democratic primary.[29] 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 suggested 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.[30]

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 said.[30] 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,[30] among others.[31]

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.[30] He and Meng were involved in some intense campaigning, each sharply criticizing the other.[32][33] Lancman sent out a mass mailing decrying Meng's and Crowley's stances on Israel and national defense.[33]

Lancman also accused Meng of not supporting New York Assembly legislation to increase the tax on millionaires. Meng said 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.[32]

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.[34]

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.[35]

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.[36]

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


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Meng’s reports.[37]


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.[46]

Cost per vote

Meng spent $14.95 per vote received in 2012.


In 2010, Meng received $461,437 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[47]

New York State Assembly 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Grace Meng's campaign in 2010
Double Happyness Travel Inc$5,000
Xu, Jia Shu$5,000
TDC Development & Construction Corp$4,800
Chung Fat Supermarket Inc$4,800
Fukien American Association Inc$4,575
Total Raised in 2010 $461,437


In 2008, a year in which Meng was up for election, she collected $459,254 in donations.[48]

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

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 prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics pioneered by the Government Accountability Institute:

PGI: Change in 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, Mengs's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $981,046 and $3,247,998. That averages to $2,114,522, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Meng ranked as the 143rd most wealthy representative in 2012.[49] Between 2011 and 2012, Meng's calculated net worth[50] decreased by an average of 8 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[51]

Grace Meng Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2011 to 2012:-8%
Average annual growth:-8%[52]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[53]
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.


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.[54]

Meng most often votes with:

Meng least often votes with:

Voting with party

June 2013

Grace Meng voted with the Democratic Party 94% of the time, which ranked 102nd among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[55]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, From January 2013 to April 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.[56]


Meng and her husband, Wayne, have one child, Tyler.[57]

November 2013 attack

Meng said in a statement released on November 20, 2013 that she was walking toward her apartment in Washington D.C. after dinner on November 19, 2013, when she was struck in the back of the head near Sixth Street and Pennsylvania Avenue.[58] Her assailant took her purse before fleeing from the scene.[58][59]

"While this was a frightening ordeal, I fortunately was not seriously injured," Meng said. "Obviously, things could have been much worse. I thank the U.S. Capitol Police and the District of Columbia Police for responding quickly and professionally."[58]

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  1. National Journal, "New Faces: New York, 6th House District," accessed November 20, 2012
  2. Congresswoman Grace Meng, "About"
  3. New York Board of Elections, "Candidate Petition List," accessed April 17, 2014
  4. Associated Press, "New York - Summary Vote Results," accessed June 24, 2014
  5., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Grace Meng's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 7, 2013
  9. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  10. Project Vote Smart, "Meng on agriculture," accessed October 7, 2013
  11. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps," accessed September 17, 2013
  12. Project Vote Smart, "Letter to Ranking Member Collin Peterson, House Committee on Agriculture - Reject Rep. King's Provision on Farm Bill," accessed September 23, 2013
  13., "King Farm Bill Amendment Angers Animal Advocates," accessed September 18, 2013
  14. 14.0 14.1 Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  16. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  17. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  18. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  19. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Meng's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 7, 2013
  20. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Meng's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed October 7, 2013
  21. Project Vote Smart, "Meng on abortion," accessed October 7, 2013
  22. 22.0 22.1 On The Issues, "Grace Meng Vote Match," accessed June 19, 2014
  23. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers.
  24. Washington Post, "Rep. Grace Meng attacked, robbed," accessed November 21, 2013
  25. Campaign website, "Issues"
  26. National Journal, "New Faces: New York, 6th House District," accessed November 20, 2012
  27. Politico, "2012 Election Map, New York"
  28. NYTimes blog, "Three officials announce bids to replace Ackerman," accessed March 19, 2012
  29. AP, "2012 primary results"
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 30.3 Roll Call, "Democratic Primary Going to Wire in Queens," accessed June 19, 2012
  31. New York Daily News, "Elizabeth Crowley, Grace Meng Log NY-6 Nods," accessed April 23, 2012
  32. 32.0 32.1 New York Daily News, "Queens rivals for Congress duke it out," accessed June 7, 2012
  33. 33.0 33.1 Capital New York, "Lancman goes nuclear in a mail piece against Meng and Crowley," accessed June 19, 2012
  34. New York Times, "NY state legislative election results," accessed February 11, 2014
  35. Follow the Money, "2008 Campaign donations in New York"
  36. Open Secrets, "Fundraising for Grace Meng," accessed March 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "Grace Meng Summary Report," accessed July 30, 2013
  38. Federal Election Commission, "Grace Meng April Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
  39. Federal Election Commission, "Grace Meng July Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
  40. Federal Election Commission, "Grace Meng October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  41. Federal Election Commission, "Grace Meng Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 11, 2014
  42. Federal Election Commission, "Grace Meng April Quarterly," accessed April 24, 2014
  43. Federal Election Commission, "Grace Meng Pre-Primary," accessed October 23, 2014
  44. Federal Election Commission, "Grace Meng July Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2014
  45. Federal Election Commission, "Grace Meng October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2014
  46. Open Secrets, "Grace Meng 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 26, 2013
  47. Follow the Money, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
  48. Follow the Money, "2008 contributions to Grace Meng"
  49. Open Secrets, "Grace Meng (D-NY), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  50. This figure represents the average annual 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) to 2012, divided by the number of years calculated.
  51. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  52. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  53. 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.
  54. OpenCongress, "Grace Meng," accessed August 6, 2013
  55. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  56. GovTrack, "Grace Meng," accessed April 2013
  57. Project Vote Smart, "Rep. Meng"
  58. 58.0 58.1 58.2 USA Today, "N.Y. congresswoman OK after being robbed," accessed November 21, 2013
  59. CBS News, "Queens U.S. Rep. Grace Meng Attacked In Washington, D.C.," accessed November 21, 2013
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)