Grace Meng

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Grace Meng
U.S. House, New York, District 6
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 2
PredecessorGregory W. Meeks (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,730,611
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New York State Assembly District 22
2009 - 2013
J.D.Yeshiva University
Place of birthNew York City, New York
Net worth$2,131,021
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 set to run 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 form 2009 to 2013.

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.


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


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


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:


Legislative actions

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 224 out of the 3215 introduced bills (7 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[4] For more information pertaining to Meng's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[5]

National security

National Defense Authorization Act

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]

Department of Homeland Security 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]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

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


Farm Bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "No" Meng voted against the July 11, 2013 Farm Bill. 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.


Morton Memos Enforcement 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.[12] The vote largely followed party lines.[13]


Repealing Obamacare

Voted "No" Meng has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[14]

Social issues


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.[15]

Campaign themes


Meng listed some of her campaign themes on her website:[16]

  • "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.[17]



See also: New York's 6th congressional district elections, 2014

Meng is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If she runs, she will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election. The general election took place November 4, 2014.


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

Meng was elected to the U.S. House from New York's 5th congressional district in 2012.[18][19] She defeated fellow New York Assembly member Rory Lancman, city councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley and physician Robert Mittman in the June 26 Democratic primary.[20] 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 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.[21]

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.[21] 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,[21] among others.[22]

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.[21] He and Meng were involved in some intense campaigning, each sharply criticizing the other.[23][24] Lancman sent out a mass mailing decrying Meng's and Crowley's stances on Israel and national defense.[24]

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.[23]

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


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.[25]

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.[26]

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.[27]

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


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.[28]

Grace Meng (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[29]April 15, 2013$64,599.19$138,851.86$(82,761.26)$120,689.79
July Quarterly[30]July 15, 2013$120,689.79$104,168.00$(45,623.27)$179,234.52
Running totals


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.[31]

Cost per vote

Meng spent $14.95 per vote received in 2012.


In 2010, Meng received $461,437 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[32]


In 2008, a year in which Meng was up for election, she collected $459,254 in donations.[33]

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


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.[34]

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 102 among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[35]

Lifetime voting record

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.[36]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, 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.[37]


Meng and her husband, Wayne, have one child; Tyler.[38]

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See also

External links

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  1. National Journal "New Faces: New York, 6th House District" Accessed November 20, 2012
  2. [1]
  3., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  4. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Grace Meng's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 7, 2013
  7. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (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
  11., "King Farm Bill Amendment Angers Animal Advocates", accessed September 18, 2013
  12. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  13. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Meng's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 7, 2013
  14. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Meng's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Health Care," accessed October 7, 2013
  15. Project Vote Smart, "Meng on abortion," accessed October 7, 2013
  16. Campaign website "Issues"
  17. National Journal "New Faces: New York, 6th House District" Accessed November 20, 2012
  18. Politico "2012 Election Map, New York"
  19. NYTimes blog "Three officials announce bids to replace Ackerman," March 19, 2012
  20. AP "2012 primary results"
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 Roll Call "Democratic Primary Going to Wire in Queens," June 19, 2012
  22. New York Daily News "Elizabeth Crowley, Grace Meng Log NY-6 Nods," April 23, 2012
  23. 23.0 23.1 New York Daily News "Queens rivals for Congress duke it out," June 7, 2012
  24. 24.0 24.1 Capital New York "Lancman goes nuclear in a mail piece against Meng and Crowley," June 19, 2012
  25. New York Times NY state legislative election results
  26. Follow the Money's report 2008 Campaign donations in New York
  27. Open Secrets "Fundraising for Grace Meng" March 2013
  28. Federal Election Commission "Grace Meng Summary Report," Accessed July 30, 2013
  29. Federal Election Commission "Grace Meng Quarterly," Accessed July 30, 2013
  30. Federal Election Commission "Grace Meng July Quarterly," Accessed July 30, 2013
  31. Open Secrets "Grace Meng 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 26, 2013
  32. Follow the Money - 2010 contributions
  33. 2008 contributions to Grace Meng
  34. OpenCongress, "Grace Meng," Accessed August 6, 2013
  35. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  36. GovTrack, "Grace Meng" Accessed April 2013
  37. "Grace Meng (D-NY), 2011," accessed February 19, 2013
  38. Project Vote Smart - Rep. Meng
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)