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{{tnr}}'''Grace Meng''' (b. October 1st, 1975, in New York City, New York) is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[United States House of Representatives]] representing [[New York's 6th congressional district]]. Meng was first elected to the [[U.S. House|House]] from [[New York's 6th congressional district elections, 2012|New York's 6th congressional district]] in 2012 and is currently serving her 1st term in office.  
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{{tnr}}'''Grace Meng''' (b. October 1st, 1975, in New York City, New York) is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[United States House of Representatives]] representing [[New York's 6th Congressional District]]. Meng was first elected to the [[U.S. House|House]] from [[New York's 6th Congressional District elections, 2012|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]].<ref>[http://nationaljournal.com/congress-legacy/new-york-6th-house-district-20121105 ''National Journal'' "New Faces: New York, 6th House District" Accessed November 20, 2012]</ref><ref>[http://meng.house.gov/about/full-biography]</ref>
 
Meng is the first Asian American member of [[Congress]] from [[New York]].<ref>[http://nationaljournal.com/congress-legacy/new-york-6th-house-district-20121105 ''National Journal'' "New Faces: New York, 6th House District" Accessed November 20, 2012]</ref><ref>[http://meng.house.gov/about/full-biography]</ref>
  
She {{2014isrunning}} for re-election in [[New York's 6th congressional district elections, 2014]].
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She {{2014isrunning}} 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]].
 
Before her successful bid for [[Congress]] in 2012, Meng was a member of the [[New York State Assembly]].
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====National security====
 
====National security====
=====National Defense Authorization Act=====
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=====NDAA=====
 
{{Oppose vote}} 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.<ref name=ns>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/69157/grace-meng?categoryId=61&type=V,S,R,E,F,P#.UlLl4RCmUrg ''Project Vote Smart,'' "Representative Grace Meng's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 7, 2013]</ref>
 
{{Oppose vote}} 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.<ref name=ns>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/69157/grace-meng?categoryId=61&type=V,S,R,E,F,P#.UlLl4RCmUrg ''Project Vote Smart,'' "Representative Grace Meng's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 7, 2013]</ref>
  
=====Department of Homeland Security Appropriations=====
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=====DHS Appropriations=====
 
{{Oppose vote}} Meng voted in opposition of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.<ref name=ns/>
 
{{Oppose vote}} Meng voted in opposition of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.<ref name=ns/>
  
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{{Support vote}} 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.<ref name=ns/>
 
{{Support vote}} 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.<ref name=ns/>
  
=====Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act=====
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=====CISPA (2013)=====
{{support vote}} Meng voted in support of HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. 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.<ref>[http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/F?c113:4:./temp/~c113vMEvNq:e679: ''The Library of Congress,'' "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013]</ref> The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.<ref name=ns/>
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{{support vote}} 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.<ref>[http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/F?c113:4:./temp/~c113vMEvNq:e679: ''The Library of Congress,'' "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013]</ref> The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.<ref name=ns/>
 
====Economy====
 
====Economy====
 
=====Farm Bill=====
 
=====Farm Bill=====
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====Immigration====
 
====Immigration====
=====Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition=====
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=====Morton Memos Prohibition=====
 
{{Oppose vote}} 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.<ref>[http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d113:hamdt136: ''The Library of Congress,'' "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013]</ref> The vote largely followed party lines.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/69157/grace-meng?categoryId=40&type=V,S,R,E,F,P,E,E#.UlLpHhCmUrg ''Project Vote Smart,'' "Representative Meng's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 7, 2013]</ref>
 
{{Oppose vote}} 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.<ref>[http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d113:hamdt136: ''The Library of Congress,'' "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013]</ref> The vote largely followed party lines.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/69157/grace-meng?categoryId=40&type=V,S,R,E,F,P,E,E#.UlLpHhCmUrg ''Project Vote Smart,'' "Representative Meng's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 7, 2013]</ref>
  
 
====Healthcare====
 
====Healthcare====
 
=====Repealing Obamacare=====
 
=====Repealing Obamacare=====
{{Oppose vote}} Meng has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/69157/grace-meng?categoryId=38&type=V,S,R,E,F,P,E,E,E#.UlLqeRCmUrg ''Project Vote Smart,'' "Representative Meng's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Health Care," accessed October 7, 2013]</ref>
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{{Oppose vote}} Meng has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/69157/grace-meng?categoryId=38&type=V,S,R,E,F,P,E,E,E#.UlLqeRCmUrg ''Project Vote Smart,'' "Representative Meng's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed October 7, 2013]</ref>
  
 
====Social issues====
 
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===2014===
 
===2014===
  
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:: ''See also: [[New York's 6th Congressional District elections, 2014]]''
  
 
Meng {{2014isrunning}} for [[U.S. Congress elections, 2014|re-election]] to the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] in 2014. She is seeking the Democratic nomination in the primary election. {{Nov2014genelection}}
 
Meng {{2014isrunning}} for [[U.S. Congress elections, 2014|re-election]] to the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] in 2014. She is seeking the Democratic nomination in the primary election. {{Nov2014genelection}}
  
 
===2012===
 
===2012===
::''See also: [[New York's 5th congressional district elections, 2012]]''
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::''See also: [[New York's 6th Congressional District elections, 2012]]''
Meng was elected to the [[U.S. House]] from [[New York's 5th congressional district]] in 2012.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/results/house/new-york/ ''Politico'' "2012 Election Map, New York"]</ref><ref name="nyt">[http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/19/three-officials-announce-bids-to-replace-ackerman/ ''NYTimes blog'' "Three officials announce bids to replace Ackerman," March 19, 2012]</ref> She defeated fellow [[New York Assembly]] member [[Rory Lancman]], city councilwoman [[Elizabeth Crowley]] and physician [[Robert Mittman]] in the June 26 Democratic primary.<ref>[http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2012/by_state/NY_US_House_0626.html?SITE=CSPANELN&SECTION=POLITICS ''AP'' "2012 primary results"]</ref> Meng defeated Lancman (Working Families), [[Daniel Halloran]] (R), and [[Evergreen Chou]] (G) in the November 6, 2012 general election.
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Meng was elected to the [[U.S. House]] from [[New York's 6th Congressional District]] in 2012.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/results/house/new-york/ ''Politico'' "2012 Election Map, New York"]</ref><ref name="nyt">[http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/19/three-officials-announce-bids-to-replace-ackerman/ ''NYTimes blog'' "Three officials announce bids to replace Ackerman," March 19, 2012]</ref> She defeated fellow [[New York Assembly]] member [[Rory Lancman]], city councilwoman [[Elizabeth Crowley]] and physician [[Robert Mittman]] in the June 26 Democratic primary.<ref>[http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2012/by_state/NY_US_House_0626.html?SITE=CSPANELN&SECTION=POLITICS ''AP'' "2012 primary results"]</ref> 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.<ref name="rc">[http://www.rollcall.com/issues/57_153/Democratic-Primary-Going-to-Wire-in-Queens-215475-1.html?pos=hln ''Roll Call'' "Democratic Primary Going to Wire in Queens," June 19, 2012]</ref>
 
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.<ref name="rc">[http://www.rollcall.com/issues/57_153/Democratic-Primary-Going-to-Wire-in-Queens-215475-1.html?pos=hln ''Roll Call'' "Democratic Primary Going to Wire in Queens," June 19, 2012]</ref>
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:: ''See also: [[New York State Assembly elections, 2010]]''
 
:: ''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 Families Party|Working Familes]] ticket.<ref>[http://elections.nytimes.com/2010/results/new-york/state-legislature New York Times NY state legislative election results]</ref>
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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 Families Party|Working Familes]] ticket.<ref>[http://elections.nytimes.com/2010/results/new-york/state-legislature ''New York Times,'' "NY state legislative election results," accessed February 11, 2014]</ref>
  
 
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===2010===
 
===2010===
In 2010, Meng received $461,437 in campaign donations.  The top contributors are listed below.<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/grid.phtml?s=NY&y=2010&#fC Follow the Money - 2010 contributions]</ref>
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In 2010, Meng received $461,437 in campaign donations.  The top contributors are listed below.<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/grid.phtml?s=NY&y=2010&#fC ''followthemoney.org'', "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013]</ref>
  
 
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===Lifetime voting record===
 
===Lifetime voting record===
 
::''See also: [[Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
::''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.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/grace_meng/412560 ''GovTrack,'' "Grace Meng" Accessed April 2013]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/grace_meng/412560 ''GovTrack,'' "Grace Meng" Accessed April 2013]</ref>
  
 
===Net worth===
 
===Net worth===
 
:: ''See also: [[Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
====2011====
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', 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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00034547&year=2011 ''OpenSecrets.org'' "Grace Meng (D-NY), 2011," accessed February 19, 2013]</ref>
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', 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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00034547&year=2012 ''OpenSecrets.org'',"Grace Meng (D-NY), 2012"]</ref>
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==Personal==
 
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Grace Meng
Grace Meng Official Congressional Photo.jpg
U.S. House, New York, District 6
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorGregory W. Meeks (D)
Compensation
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
Education
J.D.Yeshiva University
Personal
Place of birthNew York City, New York
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$2,114,522
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Grace Meng (b. October 1st, 1975, in New York City, New York) 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 running 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.

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.

Biography

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

Career

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

2013-2014

Meng serves on the following committees:[3]

New York Assembly

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[4] For more information pertaining to Meng's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[5]

National security

NDAA

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.[6]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" Meng voted in opposition of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[6]

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.[6]

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.[7] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[6]

Economy

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.[8] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[9]

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.[10] The "Protect Interstate Commerce Act" amendment prevents states from applying their own laws on agricultural products to agricultural products from another state.[11]. 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.[12] 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.[13] 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 funds 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.[15] 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.[16]

Immigration

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.[17] The vote largely followed party lines.[18]

Healthcare

Repealing Obamacare

Voted "No" Meng has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[19]

Social issues

Abortion

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.[20]

Robbery

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.[21]

Campaign themes

2012

Meng listed some of her campaign themes on her website:[22]

  • "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.[23]

Elections

2014

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

Meng is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. She is seeking the Democratic nomination in the primary election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

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.[24][25] She defeated fellow New York Assembly member Rory Lancman, city councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley and physician Robert Mittman in the June 26 Democratic primary.[26] 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.[27]

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.[27] 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,[27] among others.[28]

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.[27] He and Meng were involved in some intense campaigning, each sharply criticizing the other.[29][30] Lancman sent out a mass mailing decrying Meng's and Crowley's stances on Israel and national defense.[30]

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.[29]

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

2010

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.[31]

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

2008

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.[32]

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.[33]

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

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Meng’s reports.[34]

Grace Meng (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[35]April 15, 2013$64,599.19$138,851.86$(82,761.26)$120,689.79
July Quarterly[36]July 15, 2013$120,689.79$104,168.00$(45,623.27)$179,234.52
October Quarterly[37]October 15, 2013$179,234.52$35,769.91$(39,690.66)$175,313.77
Year-End Quarterly[38]December 31, 2013$175,313$148,682$(46,833)$276,713
April Quarterly[39]April 15, 2014$276,713.02$240,860.10$(59,344.34)$458,228.78
Running totals
$668,331.87$(274,252.53)

2012

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.[40]

Cost per vote

Meng spent $14.95 per vote received in 2012.

2010

In 2010, Meng received $461,437 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[41]

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

2008

In 2008, a year in which Meng was up for election, she collected $459,254 in donations.[42]

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

Analysis

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.[43]

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.[44]

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.[45]

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, 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.[46]

Grace Meng Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net Worth% Difference from previous year
2012$2,114,522.00-0.77%
2011$2,131,021.00N/A

Personal

Meng and her husband, Wayne, have one child, Tyler.[47]

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.[48] Her assailant took her purse before fleeing from the scene.[48][49]

"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."[48]

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References

  1. National Journal "New Faces: New York, 6th House District" Accessed November 20, 2012
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  3. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
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  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
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  7. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  8. Vote Smart, "Meng on agriculture", accessed October 7, 2013
  9. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps", accessed September 17, 2013
  10. Vote Smart, "Letter to Ranking Member Collin Peterson, House Committee on Agriculture - Reject Rep. King's Provision on Farm Bill", accessed September 23, 2013
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  16. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
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  19. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Meng's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed October 7, 2013
  20. Project Vote Smart, "Meng on abortion," accessed October 7, 2013
  21. Washington Post, "Rep. Grace Meng attacked, robbed", accessed November 21, 2013
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  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 27.3 Roll Call "Democratic Primary Going to Wire in Queens," June 19, 2012
  28. New York Daily News "Elizabeth Crowley, Grace Meng Log NY-6 Nods," April 23, 2012
  29. 29.0 29.1 New York Daily News "Queens rivals for Congress duke it out," June 7, 2012
  30. 30.0 30.1 Capital New York "Lancman goes nuclear in a mail piece against Meng and Crowley," June 19, 2012
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  33. Open Secrets "Fundraising for Grace Meng" March 2013
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  37. Federal Election Commission, "Grace Meng October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  38. Federal Election Commission, "Grace Meng Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 11, 2014
  39. Federal Election Commission, "Grace Meng April Quarterly," accessed April 24, 2014
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  45. GovTrack, "Grace Meng" Accessed April 2013
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  49. CBS News, "Queens U.S. Rep. Grace Meng Attacked In Washington, D.C.," accessed November 21, 2013
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Preceded by
Gregory Meeks
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 6
2013–present
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Preceded by
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New York Assembly District 22
2009–2013
Succeeded by
Michaelle C. Solages (D)