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}}{{tnr}} '''Gregory Weldon Meeks''' (b. September 5, 1953) is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[United States House of Representatives]]  representing [[New York's 5th congressional district]]. Meeks was first elected to the House in 1998 representing [[New York's 6th congressional district]]. Due to [[Redistricting in New York|redistricting]] now represents [[New York's 5th congressional district|District 5]]. Meeks is currently serving his eighth consecutive term, having won re-election on November 6, 2012 against [[Allan Jennings Jr.]].  
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}}{{tnr}}'''Gregory Weldon Meeks''' (b. September 5, 1953, in East Harlem, [[New York|NY]]) is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[United States House of Representatives]]  representing [[New York's 5th Congressional District]]. Meeks was first elected to the House in 1998, representing [[New York's 6th Congressional District]]. Due to [[Redistricting in New York|redistricting]], he now represents the [[New York's 5th Congressional District|5th District]]. Meeks is currently serving his ninth consecutive term, having won re-election to the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] in 2014 to represent [[New York's 5th Congressional District elections, 2014|the 5th Congressional District]] of [[New York]].<ref name=abc>[http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Elections/New_York ''ABC News'', "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012]</ref>
  
Meeks is set to run for re-election on [[New York's 5th congressional district elections, 2014| November 4, 2014]].<ref>[http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Elections/New_York ''ABC News'' "2012 General Election Results"]</ref>
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Meeks won the Democratic nomination in the primary on June 24, 2014.<ref>[http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2014/by_state/NY_US_House_0624.html?SITE=CSPANELN&SECTION=POLITICS ''Associated Press'', "New York - Summary Vote Results," accessed June 24, 2014]</ref> He went on to defeat [[Allen Steinhardt]] ("Allen 4 Congress") in the general election on November 4, 2014.<ref name=results>[http://www.politico.com/2014-election/results/map/house/new-york/#.VF0aOPTF-Pc ''Politico'', "2014 New York House Election Results," accessed November 7, 2014]</ref>
  
Before being elected to the [[U.S. House|House]] Meeks was a member of the [[New York State Assembly]], where he served from 1993 to 1998.<ref name="bioguide"/>
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Before being elected to the [[U.S. House|House]], Meeks was a member of the [[New York State Assembly]], where he served from 1993 to 1998.<ref name="bioguide"/>
  
 
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==Biography==
 
==Biography==
Meeks was born in East Harlem, [[New York]]. He earned a B.A. from Adelphi University in 1975, and a J.D. from Howard University in 1978.<ref name="bioguide">[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=m001137 ''Biographical Directory of the United States Congress'' "MEEKS, Gregory W., (1953 - )"]</ref>
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Meeks was born in East Harlem, [[New York]]. He earned a B.A. from Adelphi University in 1975 and a J.D. from Howard University in 1978.<ref name="bioguide">[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=m001137 ''Biographical Directory of the United States Congress'', "MEEKS, Gregory W., (1953 - )," accessed October 21, 2014]</ref>
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After earning his J.D., Meeks served as the assistant district attorney of Queens County, [[New York]] from 1978 to 1983. He subsequently served as assistant special narcotics prosecutor of New York City, deputy counsel of [[New York]]'s investigation commission and supervising judge of [[New York]]'s workers compensation board.<ref name="bioguide"/>
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==Career==
 
==Career==
After earning his J.D., Meeks served as the assistant district attorney of Queens County, [[New York]] from 1978-1983. He subsequently served as assistant special narcotics prosecutor of New York City, as deputy counsel of [[New York]]'s investigation commission, and as supervising judge of [[New York]]'s workers compensation board.<ref>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=m001137 ''Biographical Directory of the United States Congress'' "MEEKS, Gregory W., (1953 - )"]</ref>
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Below is an abbreviated outline of Meeks' academic, professional and political career:<ref name="bioguide"/>
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*2013-Present: U.S. Representative from [[New York's 5th Congressional District]]
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*1998-2013: U.S. Representative from [[New York's 6th Congressional District]]
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*1992-1998: Member of the [[New York State Assembly]]
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*1978-1983: Assistant district attorney in Queens County, NY
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*1978: Earned J.D. from Howard University, Washington, D.C.
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*1975: Earned B.A. from Adelphi University, Garden City, NY
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*1971: Graduated from Julia Richman High School, New York, NY
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==Committee assignments==
 
==Committee assignments==
 
===U.S. House===
 
===U.S. House===
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====2015-2016====
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Meeks serves on the following committees:<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/committee_info/oal.aspx ''U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Clerk'', "Committee Information," accessed February 20, 2015]</ref>
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*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services|Financial Services Committee]]
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*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs|Foreign Affairs Committee]]
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====2013-2014====
 
====2013-2014====
Meeks serves on the following committees:<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/ ''CQ.com,'' "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"]</ref>
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Meeks served on the following committees:<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/ ''CQ.com'', "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013]</ref>
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services|Financial Services Committee]]
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services|Financial Services Committee]]
 
**Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit - ''Ranking Member''
 
**Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit - ''Ranking Member''
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====2011-2012====
 
====2011-2012====
Meeks served on the following committees:<ref>[http://meeks.house.gov/about-me/committees-and-caucuses ''Congressman Gregory W. Meeks, New York's 6th District'' "Committees and Caucuses"]</ref>
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Meeks served on the following committees:<ref>[http://meeks.house.gov/about-me/committees-and-caucuses ''Congressman Gregory W. Meeks, New York's 6th District'', "Committees and Caucuses," accessed December 10, 2011]</ref>
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs|Foreign Affairs Committee]]
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs|Foreign Affairs Committee]]
 
**Subcommittee on Asia (Vice Chair)
 
**Subcommittee on Asia (Vice Chair)
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**Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit
 
**Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit
 
**Subcommittee on Domestic and International Monetary Policy, Trade, and Technology
 
**Subcommittee on Domestic and International Monetary Policy, Trade, and Technology
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==Key votes==
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===113th Congress===
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===National security===
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====HR 644====
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====NDAA====
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{{Nay vote}} Meeks 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/4360/gregory-meeks?categoryId=61&type=V,S,R,E,F,P#.UlLZkhCmUrg ''Project Vote Smart'', "Representative Gregory Meeks' Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 7, 2013]</ref>
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====DHS Appropriations====
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{{Nay vote}} Meeks voted in opposition of HR 2217 - the DHS 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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====Keystone Pipeline Amendment====
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{{Yea vote}} Meeks 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/>
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====CISPA (2013)====
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{{Yea vote}} Meeks 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 permitted federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.<ref>[http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d113:h.r.624: ''The Library of Congress'', "Bill Summary & Status - 113th Congress (2013 - 2014) - H.R.624," accessed August 27, 2013]</ref> The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.<ref name=ns/>
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===Economy===
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====Farm Bill====
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: ''See also: [[United States Farm Bill 2013]]''
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{{Nay vote}}
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Meeks voted against the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013.  The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/4360/gregory-meeks?categoryId=4&type=V,S,R,E,F,P,E#.UlLgKBCmUrg ''Project Vote Smart'', "Meeks on agriculture," accessed October 7, 2013]</ref>  The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.<ref>[http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/12/us/politics/house-bill-would-split-farm-and-food-stamp-programs.html?pagewanted=1&_r=0 ''New York Times'', "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps," accessed September 17, 2013]</ref>
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====King Amendment====
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Meeks signed a letter sent to [[Collin Peterson]] in August 2013, asking him to keep [[Steve King (Iowa)|Steve King]]'s amendment out of the final Farm Bill.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/public-statement/806604/letter-to-ranking-member-collin-peterson-house-committee-on-agriculture-reject-rep-kings-provision-on-farm-bill#.UkBtzIakrMk ''Project Vote Smart'', "Letter to Ranking Member Collin Peterson, House Committee on Agriculture - Reject Rep. King's Provision on Farm Bill," accessed September 23, 2013]</ref>  The "Protect Interstate Commerce Act" amendment prevents states from applying their own laws on agricultural products to agricultural products from another state.<ref>[http://swampland.time.com/2013/08/17/king-farm-bill-amendment-angers-animal-advocates/ ''Time.com'', "King Farm Bill Amendment Angers Animal Advocates," accessed September 18, 2013]</ref>  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.
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====Government shutdown====
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{{Nay vote}} 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.<ref name=clerk>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll504.xml ''Clerk of the U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref> 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.<ref>[http://www.buzzfeed.com/katenocera/government-shutdown-how-we-got-here?bffb ''Buzzfeed'', "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013]</ref> Meeks voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.<ref name=clerk/>
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{{Yea vote}} The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the [[United States Senate|Senate]]. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by [[United States Senate|Senate Democrats]] was to require income verification for [[Obamacare]] subsidies.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/house-effort-to-end-fiscal-crisis-collapses-leaving-senate-to-forge-last-minute-solution/2013/10/16/1e8bb150-364d-11e3-be86-6aeaa439845b_story_1.html ''The Washington Post'', "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref> 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. Meeks voted for HR 2775.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll550.xml ''U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
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===Immigration===
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====Morton Memos Prohibition====
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{{Nay vote}} Meeks 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/4360/gregory-meeks?categoryId=40&type=V,S,R,E,F,P,E,E#.UlLgghCmUrg ''Project Vote Smart'', "Representative Gregory Meeks' Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 7, 2013]</ref>
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===Healthcare===
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====Repealing Obamacare====
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{{Nay vote}} Meeks has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/4360/gregory-meeks?categoryId=38&type=V,S,R,E,F,P,E,E,E#.UlLhERCmUrg ''Project Vote Smart'', "Representative Meeks' Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed October 7, 2013]</ref>
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===Social issues===
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====Abortion====
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{{Nay vote}} Meeks 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 was to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/4360/gregory-meeks?categoryId=2&type=V,S,R,E,F,P,E,E,E,E#.UlLhnRCmUrg ''Project Vote Smart'', "Meeks on abortion," accessed October 7, 2013]</ref>
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===Previous congressional sessions===
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====Fiscal Cliff====
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{{Yea vote}}
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Meeks voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels.  He was one of 172 Democrats who voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'', "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013]</ref>
  
 
==Issues==
 
==Issues==
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===On The Issues Vote Match===
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[[File:s070_010.gif|right|290px|thumb|Gregory Meeks' Vote Match results from ''On The Issues''.]]
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:: ''See also: [[On The Issues Vote Match]]''
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''On The Issues'' conducts a [http://www.ontheissues.org/Quiz/Quiz2012.asp?quiz=Pres2012 VoteMatch] analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Meeks is a '''Populist-Leaning Liberal.''' Meeks received a score of 74 percent on social issues and 12 percent on economic issues.<ref name="ontheissues"/>
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{{Ontheissues vote quiz|Name= Meeks |Date=2014|Ref=<ref name="ontheissues">[http://House.OnTheIssues.org/NY/Gregory_Meeks.htm ''On The Issues'', "Gregory Meeks Vote Match," accessed June 19, 2014]</ref>
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|Abortion= Strongly Favors
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|Hiring= Strongly Favors
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|Marriage= Strongly Favors
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|God= Strongly Opposes
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|ObamaCare=Strongly Favors
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|Social Security= Opposes
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|School Choice= Strongly Opposes
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|Animals=Strongly Opposes
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|Crime= Strongly Opposes
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|Guns= Strongly Opposes
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|Taxes=Favors
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|Citizenship=Favors
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|Free Trade= Favors
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|United Nations=Strongly Opposes
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|Military=Opposes
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|Campaign Funds= Favors
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|Iran=Favors
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|Energy=Strongly Favors
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|Marijuana=Opposes
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===Ethics investigation===
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In 2010, the [[Federal Bureau of Investigation|FBI]] began investigating a loan Meeks received from a friend in 2007. Meeks did not report the loan, violating U.S. House ethics rules. He also was unable to provide paperwork on the loan's specifics, only paying the lender the loan amount plus interest after the FBI started investigations.<ref name="gt">[http://www.politico.com/blogs/glennthrush/0710/FBI_investigating_Meeks_40K_personal_loan.html ''Politico'', "FBI investigating Meeks's $40K personal loan," accessed July 8, 2010]</ref>
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Meeks was also fined $63,000 in 2008 by the [[Federal Election Commission]] (FEC) for improper use of campaign funds.<ref name="gt"/>
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===Campaign themes===
 
===Campaign themes===
 
====2012====
 
====2012====
Meeks listed several of his campaign themes on his website:<ref>[http://www.congressmangregorymeeks.com/issues Campaign website "Issues"]</ref>
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Meeks listed several of his campaign themes on his website:<ref>[http://www.congressmangregorymeeks.com/issues ''Campaign website'', "Issues," accessed September 26, 2012]</ref>
 
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*The Federal Budget
 
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*Housing
  
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=====Fiscal Cliff=====
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:: ''See also: [[New York's 5th Congressional District elections, 2014]]''
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Meeks voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels.  He was one of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'' "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.]</ref>
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===Ethics investigation===
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In 2010, the FBI began investigating a loan Meeks received from a friend in 2007. Meeks did not report the loan, violating U.S. House ethics rules. He also was unable to provide paperwork on the loan's specifics, only paying the lender the loan amount plus interest after the FBI started investigations.<ref name="gt">[http://www.politico.com/blogs/glennthrush/0710/FBI_investigating_Meeks_40K_personal_loan.html ''Politico'' "FBI investigating Meeks's $40K personal loan," July 8, 2010]</ref>
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Meeks was also fined $63,000 in 2008 by the Federal Election Commission for improper use of campaign funds.<ref name="gt"/>
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In 2014, Meeks won [[U.S. Congress elections, 2014|re-election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] to represent [[United States House of Representatives elections in New York, 2014|New York's]] [[New York's 5th Congressional District elections, 2014|5th District]]. Meeks won the Democratic nomination in the primary on June 24, 2014, and defeated [[Allen Steinhardt]] ("Allen 4 Congress") in the general election.<ref name=results>[http://www.politico.com/2014-election/results/map/house/new-york/#.VF0aOPTF-Pc ''Politico'', "2014 New York House Election Results," accessed November 7, 2014]</ref> {{Nov2014genelection}}
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==Elections==
 
 
===2012===
 
===2012===
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::''See also: [[New York's 5th Congressional District elections, 2012]]''
Meeks ran for re-election in New York's newly drawn 5th congressional district in 2012. Three candidates challenged Meeks in the June 26 Democratic primary. Former city councilman [[Allan Jennings Jr.]], small-business owner [[Joseph Marthone]], and recent law-school graduate [[Mike Scala]] all hoped to be the one to receive the party nod over Meeks.<ref name="qc">[http://www.queenscampaigner.com/2012/06/candidates-for-congress-spar/ ''Queens Campaigner'' "Candidates for Congress spar," June 14, 2012]</ref> Meeks won the primary and advanced to the general election on November 6th, 2012.<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>  He was re-elected on November 6, 2012.<ref>[http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Elections/New_York ''ABC News'' "2012 General Election Results"]</ref>
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Meeks ran for re-election in New York's newly drawn 5th Congressional District in 2012. Three candidates challenged Meeks in the June 26 Democratic primary. Former city councilman [[Allan Jennings Jr.]], small-business owner [[Joseph Marthone]] and recent law-school graduate [[Mike Scala]] all hoped to defeat Meeks for the Democratic Party nomination.<ref name="qc">[http://www.queenscampaigner.com/2012/06/candidates-for-congress-spar/ ''Queens Campaigner'', "Candidates for Congress spar," accessed June 14, 2012]</ref> Meeks won the primary and advanced to the general election on November 6, 2012.<ref>[http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2012/by_state/NY_US_House_0626.html?SITE=CSPANELN&SECTION=POLITICS ''Associated Press'', "2012 primary results," accessed June 27, 2012]</ref>  He was re-elected on November 6, 2012.<ref name=abc/>
  
Jennings also ran in the Republican primary, where he was unopposed. He considered himself to be willing to "work with anybody who’s going to help this district," which he says sets him apart from Meeks.<ref name="qc"/>
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Jennings also ran in the Republican primary, where he was unopposed. He considered himself to be willing to "work with anybody who’s going to help this district," which he said set him apart from Meeks.<ref name="qc"/>
  
The 29-year-old Scala graduated from law school on June 1, 2012, just a few weeks before the June 26 primary. He said he was most concerned with helping the lower and middle class.<ref name="scala">[http://www.qchron.com/editions/eastern/scala-eyes-meeks-congressional-seat/article_541a2758-2a66-5a27-9eca-cee0a34085b9.html ''Queens Chronicle'' "Scala eyes Meeks’ congressional seat," June 14, 2012]</ref>
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The 29-year-old Scala graduated from law school on June 1, 2012, just a few weeks before the June 26 primary. He said he was most concerned with helping the lower and middle class.<ref name="scala">[http://www.qchron.com/editions/eastern/scala-eyes-meeks-congressional-seat/article_541a2758-2a66-5a27-9eca-cee0a34085b9.html ''Queens Chronicle'', "Scala eyes Meeks’ congressional seat," accessed June 14, 2012]</ref>
  
Marthone said education is the way to solve the nation's problems.<ref>[http://www.liherald.com/stories/Four-seek-Democratic-nod-in-5th-Congressional-District,41654?page=2&content_source= ''Long Island Herald'' "Four seek Democratic nod in 5th Congressional District," June 20, 2012]</ref>
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Marthone named education as the way to solve the nation's problems.<ref>[http://www.liherald.com/stories/Four-seek-Democratic-nod-in-5th-Congressional-District,41654?page=2&content_source= ''Long Island Herald'', "Four seek Democratic nod in 5th Congressional District," accessed June 20, 2012]</ref>
  
 
At a forum in early June, the three challengers and a representative of Meeks discussed issues of importance. Jennings called for an end to the NYPD "stop and frisk" policy. Marthone pledged to fight hydrofracking and airplane noise pollution. Scala criticized Meeks for supporting the Budget Control Act, which took away subsidized loans for graduate students.<ref name="qc"/> Meeks was busy in Washington at the time of the forum, but his representative said that most of the issues brought up were city and state issues, not national ones -- indicating that the challengers were not prepared for federal politics.<ref name="qc"/>
 
At a forum in early June, the three challengers and a representative of Meeks discussed issues of importance. Jennings called for an end to the NYPD "stop and frisk" policy. Marthone pledged to fight hydrofracking and airplane noise pollution. Scala criticized Meeks for supporting the Budget Control Act, which took away subsidized loans for graduate students.<ref name="qc"/> Meeks was busy in Washington at the time of the forum, but his representative said that most of the issues brought up were city and state issues, not national ones -- indicating that the challengers were not prepared for federal politics.<ref name="qc"/>
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==Campaign donors==
 
==Campaign donors==
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===Fundraising events===
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===Comprehensive donor history===
 
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===2014===
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{{Gregory Meeks 2014 FEC}}
  
===Individual breakdown===
 
 
===2012===
 
===2012===
[[File:Gregory Meeks 2012 Donor Breakdown.png|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Meeks' campaign funds before the 2012 election.]]
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Meeks won election to the [[U.S. House]] in 2012. During that election cycle, Meeks' campaign committee raised a total of $740,897 and spent $724,665.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00001171&cycle=2012 ''Open Secrets'', "Gregory Meeks 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 26, 2013]</ref>
Meeks won election to the [[U.S. House]] in 2012. During that election cycle, Meeks' campaign committee raised a total of $740,897 and spent $724,665.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00001171&cycle=2012 ''Open Secrets'' "Gregory Meeks 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 26, 2013]</ref>
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====Cost per vote====
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Meeks spent $4.32 per vote received in 2012.
  
 
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===2010===
 
===2010===
[[File:Gregory_W._Meeks_2010_Donor_Breakdown.png‎‎|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Meeks's campaign funds before the 2010 election.]] Meeks was re-elected to the [[U.S. House]] in 2010 for a seventh term. His campaign committee raised a total of $917,283 and spent $959,453.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/elections.php?cycle=2010&cid=N00001171&type=I ''Open Secrets'' "Gregory W. Meeks 2010 Election Data," Accessed December 10, 2011]</ref>
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Meeks was re-elected to the [[U.S. House]] in 2010 for a seventh term. His campaign committee raised a total of $917,283 and spent $959,453.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/elections.php?cycle=2010&cid=N00001171&type=I ''Open Secrets'', "Gregory W. Meeks 2010 Election Data," accessed December 10, 2011]</ref>
  
 
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==Personal Gain Index==
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::''See also: [[Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]''<br>
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:: ''See also: [[Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index)]] and [[Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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Based on [[Household net worth (Member of Congress)|congressional financial disclosure forms]] and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Meeks' net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $0 and $0. That averages to '''$0''', which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Meeks ranked as the 411th most wealthy representative in 2012.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00001171&year=2012 ''Open Secrets'', "Gregory Meeks (D-NY), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014]</ref> Between 2004 and 2012, Meeks' calculated net worth<ref>This figure represents the average annual percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below) to 2012, divided by the number of years calculated.</ref> decreased by an average of 13 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.<ref>This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.</ref>
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:: ''See also: [[The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)]]''
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Filings required by the [[Federal Election Commission]] report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). Meeks received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the ''Securities & Investment'' industry.
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From 1997-2014, '''34.37 percent of Meeks' career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.'''<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00001171&cycle=Career ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Rep. Gregory W. Meeks," accessed September 25, 2014]</ref>
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==Analysis==
 
==Analysis==
 
===Ideology and leadership===
 
===Ideology and leadership===
Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Meeks is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|moderate leader Democrat]]" as of June 19, 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/gregory_meeks/400271 ''Gov Track'' "Meeks" Accessed June 19, 2013]</ref>
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:: ''See also: [[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking]]''
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Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Meeks was a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|moderate Democratic leader]]" as of August 2014.<ref name=govtrack>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/gregory_meeks/400271 ''GovTrack'', "Gregory Meeks," accessed August 5, 2014]</ref> This was the same rating Meeks received in June 2013.
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===Like-minded colleagues===
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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.<ref>[http://www.opencongress.org/people/show/400271_Gregory_Meeks ''OpenCongress'', "Gregory Meeks," accessed August 5, 2014]</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,'' Meeks missed 856 of 10,420 roll call votes from Feb 1998 to Apr 2013, which is 8.2% 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/gregory_meeks/400271 ''GovTrack,'' "Gregory Meeks" Accessed April 2013]</ref>
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According to the website ''GovTrack,'' Meeks missed 929 of 11,438 roll call votes from February 1998 to August 2014. This amounts to 8.1 percent, which is worse than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of August 2014.<ref name=govtrack/>
  
 
===Congressional staff salaries===
 
===Congressional staff salaries===
 
::''See also: [[Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
::''See also: [[Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
The website ''Legistorm'' compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Meeks paid his congressional staff a total of $1,030,474 in 2011. Overall, [[New York]] ranked 28th in average salary for representative staff. The average [[U.S. House of Representatives]] congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/2801/Rep_Gregory_W._Meeks.html ''LegiStorm'', "Gregory W. Meeks," Accessed October 2, 2012]</ref>
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The website ''Legistorm'' compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Meeks paid his congressional staff a total of $1,030,474 in 2011. Overall, [[New York]] ranked 28th in average salary for representative staff. The average [[U.S. House of Representatives]] congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/2801/Rep_Gregory_W._Meeks.html ''LegiStorm'', "Gregory W. Meeks," accessed October 2, 2012]</ref>
  
 
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===Net worth===
 
:: ''See also: [[Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
====2011====
 
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', Meeks' net worth as of 2011 was estimated to be $0 which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2011 of $5,107,874. His average net worth did not change from 2010.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00001171&year=2011 ''OpenSecrets.org'' "Gregory W. Meeks (D-NY), 2011," accessed February 19, 2013]</ref>
 
 
====2010====
 
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', Meeks' net worth as of 2010 was estimated to be $0 which was lower than the average net worth of Democrats in 2010 of $4,465,875.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00001171&year=2010 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Gregory W. Meeks (D-NY), 2010," Accessed October 2, 2012]</ref>
 
  
 
===National Journal vote ratings===
 
===National Journal vote ratings===
 
:: ''See also: [[National Journal vote ratings]]''
 
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Meeks ranked 115th in the liberal rankings in 2013.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2013-vote-ratings ''National Journal'', "2013 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed August 5, 2014]</ref>
  
 
====2012====
 
====2012====
Each year ''National Journal'' publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Meeks ranked 54th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings ''National Journal,'' "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 6, 2013]</ref>
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Meeks ranked 54th in the liberal rankings in 2012.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings ''National Journal'', "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed March 6, 2013]</ref>
  
 
====2011====
 
====2011====
Each year ''National Journal'' publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Meeks ranked 68th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal,'' "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012]</ref>
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Meeks ranked 68th in the liberal rankings in 2011.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal'', "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012]</ref>
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Meeks is a member of the Allen AME Church in St. Albans, [[New York]] and is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. He is married to Simone-Marie Meeks and has three daughters – Ebony, Aja, and Nia-Ayana.<ref>[http://meeks.house.gov/about-me/full-biography ''Congressman Gregory W. Meeks, New York's 6th District'' "Full Biography"]</ref>
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Latest revision as of 21:42, 18 March 2015

Gregory W. Meeks
Gregory W. Meeks.jpg
U.S. House, New York, District 5
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2013-present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 2
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorGary Ackerman (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Cost per vote$4.32 in 2012
First electedFebruary 3, 1998
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$5,185,644
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House, New York, District 6
February 3, 1998-2013
New York State Assembly
1993-1998
Education
High schoolJulia Richman High School
Bachelor'sAdelphi University
J.D.Howard University
Personal
Date of birthSeptember 25, 1953
Place of birthEast Harlem, New York
ProfessionAttorney, Judge
Net worth(2012) $0
ReligionAfrican Methodist Episcopal
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Gregory Weldon Meeks (b. September 5, 1953, in East Harlem, NY) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives representing New York's 5th Congressional District. Meeks was first elected to the House in 1998, representing New York's 6th Congressional District. Due to redistricting, he now represents the 5th District. Meeks is currently serving his ninth consecutive term, having won re-election to the U.S. House in 2014 to represent the 5th Congressional District of New York.[1]

Meeks won the Democratic nomination in the primary on June 24, 2014.[2] He went on to defeat Allen Steinhardt ("Allen 4 Congress") in the general election on November 4, 2014.[3]

Before being elected to the House, Meeks was a member of the New York State Assembly, where he served from 1993 to 1998.[4]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Meeks is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

Meeks was born in East Harlem, New York. He earned a B.A. from Adelphi University in 1975 and a J.D. from Howard University in 1978.[4]

After earning his J.D., Meeks served as the assistant district attorney of Queens County, New York from 1978 to 1983. He subsequently served as assistant special narcotics prosecutor of New York City, deputy counsel of New York's investigation commission and supervising judge of New York's workers compensation board.[4]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Meeks' academic, professional and political career:[4]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2015-2016

Meeks serves on the following committees:[5]

2013-2014

Meeks served on the following committees:[6]

2011-2012

Meeks served on the following committees:[7]

  • Foreign Affairs Committee
    • Subcommittee on Asia (Vice Chair)
    • Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere
    • Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight
  • Financial Services Committee
    • Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Insurance, and Government Sponsored Enterprises
    • Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit
    • Subcommittee on Domestic and International Monetary Policy, Trade, and Technology

Key votes

113th Congress

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The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[8] For more information pertaining to Meeks's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[9]

National security

HR 644

See also: Bowe Bergdahl exchange

Neutral/Abstain On September 9, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 644, a resolution condemning President Barack Obama's act of exchanging five Guantanamo Bay prisoners for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.[10][11] The House voted 249-163 for resolution, with all Republicans and 22 Democrats supporting the bill. Fourteen Democrats and five Republicans did not vote on the resolution, while all other Democrats opposed its passage.[11] Meeks did not vote on the resolution.[10][11]

NDAA

Nay3.png Meeks 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.[12]

DHS Appropriations

Nay3.png Meeks voted in opposition of HR 2217 - the DHS 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.[12]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Yea3.png Meeks 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.[12]

CISPA (2013)

Yea3.png Meeks 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 permitted federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[13] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[12]

Economy

Farm Bill

See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Nay3.png Meeks voted against the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[14] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[15]

King Amendment

Meeks signed a letter sent to Collin Peterson in August 2013, asking him to keep Steve King's amendment out of the final Farm Bill.[16] The "Protect Interstate Commerce Act" amendment prevents states from applying their own laws on agricultural products to agricultural products from another state.[17] 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

Nay3.png 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.[18] 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.[19] Meeks voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[18]

Yea3.png The shutdown 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 funded 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.[20] 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. Meeks voted for HR 2775.[21]

Immigration


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Morton Memos Prohibition

Nay3.png Meeks 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.[22] The vote largely followed party lines.[23]

Healthcare

Repealing Obamacare

Nay3.png Meeks has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[24]

Social issues

Abortion

Nay3.png Meeks 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 was to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[25]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Yea3.png Meeks voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 172 Democrats who voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[26]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Gregory Meeks' Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Meeks is a Populist-Leaning Liberal. Meeks received a score of 74 percent on social issues and 12 percent on economic issues.[27]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[28]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Favors
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Strongly Opposes
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Opposes Human needs over animal rights Strongly Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Strongly Opposes
Support & expand free trade Favors Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Opposes
Prioritize green energy Strongly Favors Expand the military Opposes
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Favors Stay out of Iran Favors
Privatize Social Security Opposes Never legalize marijuana Opposes
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[27] If you notice the rating has changed, email us.

Ethics investigation

In 2010, the FBI began investigating a loan Meeks received from a friend in 2007. Meeks did not report the loan, violating U.S. House ethics rules. He also was unable to provide paperwork on the loan's specifics, only paying the lender the loan amount plus interest after the FBI started investigations.[29]

Meeks was also fined $63,000 in 2008 by the Federal Election Commission (FEC) for improper use of campaign funds.[29]

Campaign themes

2012

Meeks listed several of his campaign themes on his website:[30]

  • The Federal Budget
  • Education
  • Homeland Security
  • Jobs and the economy
  • Housing

Elections

2014

See also: New York's 5th Congressional District elections, 2014

In 2014, Meeks won re-election for the U.S. House to represent New York's 5th District. Meeks won the Democratic nomination in the primary on June 24, 2014, and defeated Allen Steinhardt ("Allen 4 Congress") in the general election.[3] The general election took place November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, New York District 5 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGregory Meeks Incumbent 80.2% 75,712
     Allen 4 Congress Allen Steinhardt 4.1% 3,870
     N/A Blank/Void/Scattering 15.7% 14,818
Total Votes 94,400
Source: New York State Board of Elections
U.S. House, New York District 5 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGregory Meeks Incumbent 80.1% 8,119
Joseph Marthone 19.9% 2,023
Total Votes 10,142
Source: New York State Board of Elections - Official Election Results

2012

See also: New York's 5th Congressional District elections, 2012

Meeks ran for re-election in New York's newly drawn 5th Congressional District in 2012. Three candidates challenged Meeks in the June 26 Democratic primary. Former city councilman Allan Jennings Jr., small-business owner Joseph Marthone and recent law-school graduate Mike Scala all hoped to defeat Meeks for the Democratic Party nomination.[31] Meeks won the primary and advanced to the general election on November 6, 2012.[32] He was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[1]

Jennings also ran in the Republican primary, where he was unopposed. He considered himself to be willing to "work with anybody who’s going to help this district," which he said set him apart from Meeks.[31]

The 29-year-old Scala graduated from law school on June 1, 2012, just a few weeks before the June 26 primary. He said he was most concerned with helping the lower and middle class.[33]

Marthone named education as the way to solve the nation's problems.[34]

At a forum in early June, the three challengers and a representative of Meeks discussed issues of importance. Jennings called for an end to the NYPD "stop and frisk" policy. Marthone pledged to fight hydrofracking and airplane noise pollution. Scala criticized Meeks for supporting the Budget Control Act, which took away subsidized loans for graduate students.[31] Meeks was busy in Washington at the time of the forum, but his representative said that most of the issues brought up were city and state issues, not national ones -- indicating that the challengers were not prepared for federal politics.[31]

U.S. House, New York District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGregory Meeks Incumbent 74.8% 167,835
     Republican Allan Jennings Jr. 8% 17,875
     Libertarian Catherine Wark 0.6% 1,345
     N/A Blank/Void/Scattering 16.7% 37,453
Total Votes 224,508
Source: New York State Board of Elections "U.S. House of Representatives Results"
U.S. House, New York District 5 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGregory W. Meeks Incumbent 66.2% 8,507
Allan Jennings 13.3% 1,712
Mike Scala 11% 1,417
Joseph Marthone 9.5% 1,217
Total Votes 12,853

Full history


Campaign donors

Fundraising events

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Meeks attends.


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Meeks is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Meeks raised a total of $5,185,644 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 23, 2013.[41]

Gregory Meeks's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 5) Won $740,896
2010 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 6) Won $917,283
2008 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 6) Won $1,039,732
2006 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 6) Won $819,726
2004 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 6) Won $679,887
2002 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 6) Won $580,765
2000 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 6) Won $407,355
Grand Total Raised $5,185,644


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


2014

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Meek’s reports.[42]

2012

Meeks won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Meeks' campaign committee raised a total of $740,897 and spent $724,665.[52]

Cost per vote

Meeks spent $4.32 per vote received in 2012.


2010

Meeks was re-elected to the U.S. House in 2010 for a seventh term. His campaign committee raised a total of $917,283 and spent $959,453.[53]


Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a two-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of two different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Meeks' net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $0 and $0. That averages to $0, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Meeks ranked as the 411th most wealthy representative in 2012.[54] Between 2004 and 2012, Meeks' calculated net worth[55] decreased by an average of 13 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[56]

Gregory Meeks Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2004$79,612
2012$0.00
Growth from 2004 to 2012:-100%
Average annual growth:-13%[57]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[58]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

PGI: Donation Concentration Metric

See also: The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)

Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by OpenSecrets.org, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). Meeks received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Securities & Investment industry.

From 1997-2014, 34.37 percent of Meeks' career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[59]

Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png
Gregory Meeks Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $6,210,704
Total Spent $5,947,755
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Securities & Investment$567,996
Insurance$527,010
Finance/Credit Companies$363,042
Real Estate$354,164
Lawyers/Law Firms$322,327
% total in top industry9.15%
% total in top two industries17.63%
% total in top five industries34.37%

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Meeks was a "moderate Democratic leader" as of August 2014.[60] This was the same rating Meeks received in June 2013.

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.[61]

Meeks most often votes with:

Meeks least often votes with:


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Meeks missed 929 of 11,438 roll call votes from February 1998 to August 2014. This amounts to 8.1 percent, which is worse than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of August 2014.[60]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Meeks paid his congressional staff a total of $1,030,474 in 2011. Overall, New York ranked 28th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[62]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Meeks was one of nearly 25 percent of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Meeks's staff was given an apparent $16,410.74 in bonus money.[63]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.

2013

Meeks ranked 115th in the liberal rankings in 2013.[64]

2012

Meeks ranked 54th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[65]

2011

Meeks ranked 68th in the liberal rankings in 2011.[66]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.

2014

Meeks voted with the Democratic Party 94.4 percent of the time, which ranked 58th among the 204 House Democratic members as of August 2014.[67]

2013

Meeks voted with the Democratic Party 94.3 percent of the time, which ranked 78th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[68]

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See also

External links

References

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  28. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers.
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  55. This figure represents the average annual percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below) to 2012, divided by the number of years calculated.
  56. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  57. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  58. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
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  66. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
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  68. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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