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Gregory W. Meeks
Gregory W. Meeks.jpg
U.S. House, New York, District 5
In office
January 3, 2013-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 17
PredecessorGary Ackerman (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$4.32 in 2012
First electedFebruary 3, 1998
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$5,185,644
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House, New York, District 6
February 3, 1998-2013
New York State Assembly
Bachelor'sAdelphi University
J.D.Howard University
Date of birthSeptember 25, 1953
Place of birthEast Harlem, New York
ProfessionAttorney, Judge
Net worth$0
ReligionAfrican Methodist Episcopal
Office website
Campaign website
Gregory Weldon Meeks (b. September 5, 1953, in East Harlem, New York) 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 now represents New York's 5th Congressional District. Meeks is currently serving his eighth consecutive term, having won re-election on November 6, 2012 against Allan Jennings Jr..

Meekswas a 2014 Democratic candidate seeking re-election to the U.S. House to represent the 5th Congressional District of New York.[1]

Before being elected to the House, Meeks was a member of the New York State Assembly, where he served from 1993 to 1998.[2]

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.


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.[2]


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.[2]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Meeks serves on the following committees:[3]


Meeks served on the following committees:[4]

  • 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


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.[5] For more information pertaining to Meeks's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security


Voted "No" 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.[7]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" Meeks voted in opposition of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[7]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" 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.[7]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" 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 would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[8] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[7]


Farm Bill

See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "No" Meeks voted against the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[9] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[10]

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.[11] The "Protect Interstate Commerce Act" amendment prevents states from applying their own laws on agricultural products to agricultural products from another state.[12]. 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.[13] 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.[14] Meeks voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[13]

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 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.[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. Meeks voted for HR 2775.[16]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" 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.[17] The vote largely followed party lines.[18]


Repealing Obamacare

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

Social issues


Voted "No" 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 is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[20]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" 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.[21]


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 all Congressional members 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 personal issues and 12 percent on economic issues.[22]

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[23]
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.[22]

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.[24]

Meeks was also fined $63,000 in 2008 by the Federal Election Commission for improper use of campaign funds.[24]

Campaign themes


Meeks listed several of his campaign themes on his website:[25]

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



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

Meeks ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent New York's 5th District. Meeks sought the Democratic nomination in the primary on June 24, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.


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.[26] Meeks won the primary and advanced to the general election on November 6, 2012.[27] 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 says sets him apart from Meeks.[26]

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.[28]

Marthone said education is the way to solve the nation's problems.[29]

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.[26] 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.[26]

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

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.[36]

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

Individual breakdown


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.[37]

Gregory Meeks (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[38]April 15, 2013$27,719.37$73,458.86$(67,471.05)$33,707.18
July Quarterly[39]July 15, 2013$33,707.18$160,796.74$(101,616.55)$92,887.37
October Quarterly[40]October 15, 2013$92,887.37$98,806.86$(98,617.65)$93,076.58
Year-End Quarterly[41]December 31, 2013$93,076$82,840$(83,687)$84,548
April Quarterly[42]April 15, 2014$84,548.82$86,576.50$(101,822.82)$69,302.50
Pre-Primary[43]June 12, 2014$69,302.50$118,065.32$(109,766.56)$77,601.26
July Quarterly[44]July 15, 2014$77,601.26$69,012.01$(37,931.54)$108,681.73
October Quarterly[45]October 15, 2014$108,681.73$209,380.56$(111,935.88)$206,126.41
Pre-General[46]October 23, 2014$206,126.41$28,450.00$(29,605.33)$204,971.08
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Meeks' campaign funds before the 2012 election.

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.[47]

Cost per vote

Meeks spent $4.32 per vote received in 2012.


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.[48]

Personal Gain Index

See also: Personal Gain Index
Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png

The aim of the Personal Gain Index (PGI) is to shine a light on how members of the U.S. Congress may benefit from their tenure as public servants. Researchers at the Government Accountability Institute will look at four different metrics pointing to aspects of self-enrichment.
The PGI will consist of the following metrics:

  • Net worth
    • How much did a member's net worth increase or decrease over a specified period?
  • The K-Street metric (coming soon)
    • What percentage of a member's staff were previously lobbyists?
  • Donation concentration (coming soon)
    • What industries are contributing the most to each member?
  • Stock trading (coming soon)
    • What stocks are each member holding in their portfolio?

PGI: Net worth

See also: Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Net worth

See also: Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Meeks's 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.[49] Between 2004 and 2012, Meeks' net worth decreased by 100.0 percent. Between 2004 and 2012, the average increase in the net worth of a congressman was 72.6 percent.

Gregory Meeks Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2004 to 2012:-100%
Average annual growth:-13%[50]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[51]
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.


Ideology and leadership

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Meeks is a "moderate leader Democrat," as of June 19, 2013.[52]

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.[53]

Meeks most often votes with:

Meeks least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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.[52]

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.[54]

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.[55]

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. Meeks ranked 54th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[56]


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.[57]

Voting with party

June 2013

Gregory W. Meeks voted with the Democratic Party 94.3% of the time, which ranked 78th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[58]


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.[59]

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See also

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 ABC News, "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "MEEKS, Gregory W., (1953 - )"
  3., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  4. Congressman Gregory W. Meeks, New York's 6th District, "Committees and Caucuses"
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Gregory Meeks' Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 7, 2013
  8. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  9. Project Vote Smart, "Meeks on agriculture," accessed October 7, 2013
  10. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps," accessed September 17, 2013
  11. 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
  12., "King Farm Bill Amendment Angers Animal Advocates," accessed September 18, 2013
  13. 13.0 13.1 Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  14. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  15. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  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
  18. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Gregory Meeks' Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 7, 2013
  19. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Meeks' Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed October 7, 2013
  20. Project Vote Smart, "Meeks on abortion," accessed October 7, 2013
  21. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  22. 22.0 22.1 On The Issues, "Gregory Meeks Vote Match," accessed June 19, 2014
  23. 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.
  24. 24.0 24.1 Politico, "FBI investigating Meeks's $40K personal loan," accessed July 8, 2010
  25. Campaign website, "Issues"
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  27. AP, "2012 primary results"
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  29. Long Island Herald, "Four seek Democratic nod in 5th Congressional District," accessed June 20, 2012
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  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  33. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  34. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  35. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
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  37. Federal Election Commission, "Gregory Meeks Summary Report," accessed July 30, 2013
  38. Federal Election Commission, "Gregory Meeks April Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
  39. Federal Election Commission, "Gregory Meeks July Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
  40. Federal Election Commission, "Gregory Meeks October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  41. Federal Election Commission, "Gregory Meeks Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 11, 2014
  42. Federal Election Commission, "Gregory Meeks April Quarterly," accessed April 24, 2014
  43. Federal Election Commission, "Gregory Meeks Pre-Primary," accessed October 23, 2014
  44. Federal Election Commission, "Gregory Meeks July Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2014
  45. Federal Election Commission, "Gregory Meeks October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2014
  46. Federal Election Commission, "Gregory Meeks Pre-General," accessed October 23, 2014
  47. Open Secrets, "Gregory Meeks 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 26, 2013
  48. Open Secrets, "Gregory W. Meeks 2010 Election Data," accessed December 10, 2011
  49. Open Secrets, "Gregory Meeks (D-NY), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  50. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  51. 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.
  52. 52.0 52.1 GovTrack, "Gregory Meeks," accessed June 19, 2013
  53. OpenCongress, "Gregory Meeks," accessed August 6, 2013
  54. LegiStorm, "Gregory W. Meeks," accessed October 2, 2012
  55. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  56. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed March 6, 2013
  57. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  58. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  59. Congressman Gregory W. Meeks, New York's 6th District, "Full Biography"
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Gary Ackerman
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 5
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Preceded by
Floyd Flake
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 6
Succeeded by
Grace Meng
Preceded by
Anthony Seminerio
New York State Assembly - District 31
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Pauline Rhodd-Cummings