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Revision as of 16:37, 17 September 2012

Grace Meng
New York State Assembly District 22
In office
2009 - Present
Term ends
January 7, 2013
Years in position 6
Base salary$79,500/year
Per diem$61/half day and $171/full day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
J.D.Yeshiva University
Office website
Campaign website
Grace Meng is a Democratic member of the New York State Assembly. She has represented District 22 since 2009. Meng is running for U.S. House in 2012.[1]


Meng's professional experiences include being a pro bono attorney to Sanctuary for Families and a partner in Yoon and Kim, Limited Liability Partnership.

Meng earned a bachelor's degree from University of Michigan and a JD from Benjamin Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University. She and her husband, Wayne, have one child; Tyler.[2]

Committee assignments


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


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



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

Meng is running for the U.S. House in 2012.[1] She defeated fellow New York Assembly member Rory Lancman, city councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley and physician Robert Mittman in the June 26 Democratic primary.[3] Meng will face 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.[4]

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.[4] 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,[4] among others.[5]

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.[4] He and Meng were involved in some intense campaigning, each sharply criticizing the other.[6][7] Lancman sent out a mass mailing decrying Meng's and Crowley's stances on Israel and national defense.[7]

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.[6]


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.[8]

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.[9]

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


Reports in April 2012 showed Meng had raised over $360,000 in her campaign for the 6th Congressional District, leading among Democratic candidates. Rory Lancman raised $190,000 and loaned himself $50,000, while Elizabeth Crowley only raised $100,000.[10]


In 2010, Meng received $461,437 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[11]


In 2008, a year in which Meng was up for election, she collected $459,254 in donations.[12]

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

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New York Assembly - District 22
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