|New York State Assembly District 22|
|2009 - Present|
|January 7, 2013|
|Years in position||5|
|Per diem||$61/half day and $171/full day|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 6, 2012|
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.
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Meng has been appointed to the following committees:
- Aging Committee, New York State Assembly
- Banks Committee, New York State Assembly
- Labor Committee, New York State Assembly
- Libraries and Education Technology Committee, New York State Assembly
- Real Property Taxation Committee, New York State Assembly
- Small Business Committee, New York State Assembly
- Subcommittee on Workplace Safety
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Meng served on the following committees:
- Aging Committee, New York Assembly
- Banks Committee, New York Assembly
- Labor Committee, New York Assembly
- Libraries and Education Technology Committee, New York Assembly
- Real Property Taxation Committee, New York Assembly
- Small Business Committee, New York Assembly
Meng lists some of her campaign themes on her website:
- "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.
Meng was re-elected.. Meng ran for the U.S. House in 2012. She defeated fellow New York Assembly member Rory Lancman, city councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley and physician Robert Mittman in the June 26 Democratic primary. 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.
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. 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, among others.
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. He and Meng were involved in some intense campaigning, each sharply criticizing the other. Lancman sent out a mass mailing decrying Meng's and Crowley's stances on Israel and national defense.
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.
- 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.
|New York State Assembly, District 22 2010|
|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.
|New York State Assembly, District 22 2008|
|Grace Meng (D)||13,549|
|Ellen Young (I)||1,898|
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.
|Grace Meng Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2012||$0||$360,203.38||$(2,885.98)||$357,317.40|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2012||$344,696.62||$280,931.46||$(444,238.46)||$181,389.62|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2012||$181,389.62||$527,197.70||$(298,765.61)||$409,821.71|
In 2010, Meng received $461,437 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.
|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.
|Xin Miao Inc||$5,300|
|Chang Jiang Supermarket Inc||$3,800|
|At least 17 other individaul donations of:||$3,800|
Meng and her husband, Wayne, have one child; Tyler.
- Summary, biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Profile at Wikipedia
- Financial information at OpenSecrets.org
- Campaign contributions at Follow The Money
- NYTimes blog "Three officials announce bids to replace Ackerman," March 19, 2012
- National Journal "New Faces: New York, 6th House District" Accessed November 20, 2012
- Campaign website "Issues"
- National Journal "New Faces: New York, 6th House District" Accessed November 20, 2012
- Politico "2012 Election Map, New York"
- AP "2012 primary results"
- Roll Call "Democratic Primary Going to Wire in Queens," June 19, 2012
- New York Daily News "Elizabeth Crowley, Grace Meng Log NY-6 Nods," April 23, 2012
- New York Daily News "Queens rivals for Congress duke it out," June 7, 2012
- Capital New York "Lancman goes nuclear in a mail piece against Meng and Crowley," June 19, 2012
- New York Times NY state legislative election results
- Follow the Money's report 2008 Campaign donations in New York
- Politicker, "Fundraising Winners & Losers," April 16, 2012
- Federal Election Commission, "Grace Meng's April Quarterly Report," Accessed October 15, 2012
- Federal Election Commission, "Grace Meng's July Quarterly Report," Accessed October 15, 2012
- Federal Election Commission, "Grace Meng's October Quarterly Report," Accessed October 15, 2012
- Follow the Money - 2010 contributions
- 2008 contributions to Grace Meng
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Meng
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