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==Campaign donors==
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Reports in April 2012 showed Meng had raised over $360,000 in her campaign for the [[New York's 6th congressional district elections, 2012|6th Congressional District]], leading among Democratic candidates. [[Rory Lancman]] raised $190,000 and loaned himself $50,000, while [[Elizabeth Crowley]] only raised $100,000.<ref>[http://www.politicker.com/2012/04/16/fundraising-winners-losers/ ''Politicker,'' "Fundraising Winners & Losers," April 16, 2012]</ref>
[[File:Grace Meng 2012 Donor Breakdown.png|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Meng's campaign funds before the 2012 election.]]
Meng won 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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00034547&newmem=Y ''Open Secrets'' "Grace Meng 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 26, 2013]</ref>
{{Campaign finance reports
{{Congress donor box 2012
|Chamber = U.S. House of Representatives, New York's 6th Congressional District
|Name = Grace Meng
|party = Democratic
|Political Party =Democratic
|total raised = $1,730,611
|Report 1 =April Quarterly<ref>[http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/782/12951444782/12951444782.pdf ''Federal Election Commission'', "Grace Meng's April Quarterly Report," Accessed October 15, 2012]</ref>
|total spent = $1,666,012
|Date 1 =April 15, 2012
|opponent raised = $181,117
|Beginning Balance 1 =0
|opponent spent = $180,572
|Total Contributions 1 =360203.38
|org1 = Hersha Group
|Expenditures 1=2885.98
|org2 = Henry Schein Inc
|Cash on Hand 1 =357317.40
|org3 = American Federation of Teachers
|Report 2 =July Quarterly<ref>[http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/192/12952480192/12952480192.pdf ''Federal Election Commission'', "Grace Meng's July Quarterly Report," Accessed October 15, 2012]</ref>
|org4 = AmeriPAC: The Fund for a Greater America
|Date 2 =July 15, 2012
|org5 = Carat & Co
|Beginning Balance 2 =344696.62
|orgdonor1 = $15,000
|Total Contributions 2 =280931.46
|orgdonor2 = $10,750
|Expenditures 2=444238.46
|orgdonor3 = $10,000
|Cash on Hand 2 =181389.62
|orgdonor4 = $10,000
|Report 3 =October Quarterly<ref>[http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/917/12954414917/12954414917.pdf ''Federal Election Commission'', "Grace Meng's October Quarterly Report," Accessed October 15, 2012]</ref>
|orgdonor5 = $10,000
|Date 3 =October 15, 2012
|ind1 = Health Professionals
|Beginning Balance 3 =181389.62
|ind2 = Lawyers/Law Firms
|Total Contributions 3 =527197.70
|ind3 = Real Estate
|Expenditures 3=298765.61
|ind4 = Retired
|Cash on Hand 3 =409821.71
|ind5 = Public Sector Unions
|inddonor1 = $69,288
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|inddonor3 = $61,024
|inddonor4 = $58,850
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Revision as of 16:19, 28 February 2013

Grace Meng
U.S. House, New York, District 6
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 2
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
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 is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing the 6th Congressional District of New York. [1] She is 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

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 re-elected..[6] 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.[7] 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.[8]

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.[8] 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,[8] among others.[9]

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.[8] He and Meng were involved in some intense campaigning, each sharply criticizing the other.[10][11] Lancman sent out a mass mailing decrying Meng's and Crowley's stances on Israel and national defense.[11]

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.[10]

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"


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.[12]

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.[13]

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


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

Meng won 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.[14]


In 2010, Meng received $461,437 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[15]

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.[16]

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


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.[17]


Meng and her husband, Wayne, have one child; Tyler.[18]

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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)