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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 a 2012 Democratic candidate who won election to U.S. House representing the 6th Congressional District of New York. [1] She will become the first Asian-American woman to represent the state of New York in Congress.[2]


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.

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:


Campaign Themes

Meng lists some of her campaign themes on her website:[3]

  • "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.[4]



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

Meng was re-elected..[5] Meng ran 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.[6] 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.[7]

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.[7] 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,[7] among others.[8]

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.[7] He and Meng were involved in some intense campaigning, each sharply criticizing the other.[9][10] Lancman sent out a mass mailing decrying Meng's and Crowley's stances on Israel and national defense.[10]

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.[9]


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.[11]

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.[12]

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.[13]

Grace Meng Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]April 15, 2012$0$360,203.38$(2,885.98)$357,317.40
July Quarterly[15]July 15, 2012$344,696.62$280,931.46$(444,238.46)$181,389.62
October Quarterly[16]October 15, 2012$181,389.62$527,197.70$(298,765.61)$409,821.71
Running totals


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


Meng and her husband, Wayne, have one child; Tyler.[19]

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