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|Name = Gregory W. Meeks
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|Position = U.S. House, New York, District 5
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|Status = Incumbent
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|Tenure = January 3, 2013-present
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|Term ends = January 3, 2015
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|Assumed office = 1998
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|Political party = Democratic
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|Last election = November 6, 2012
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|First elected = February 3, 1998
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|Next election = [[New York's 5th congressional district elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]]
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|Prior office=U.S. House, New York, District 6
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|Birthday = September 25, 1953
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|Place of birth = East Harlem, New York
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|Profession = Attorney, Judge
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|Religion = African Methodist Episcopal
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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]]. Meeks is currently serving his eighth consecutive term, having won re-election on November 6, 2012 against [[Allan Jennings Jr.]].
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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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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==
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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 - )"]</ref>
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==Career==
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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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==Committee assignments==
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===U.S. House===
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====2013-2014====
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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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*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services|Financial Services Committee]]
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**Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit - ''Ranking Member''
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*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs|Foreign Affairs Committee]]
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**Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats
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**Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere
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====2011-2012====
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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"]</ref>
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*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs|Foreign Affairs Committee]]
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**Subcommittee on Asia (Vice Chair)
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**Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere
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**Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight
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*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services|Financial Services Committee]]
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**Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Insurance, and Government Sponsored Enterprises
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**Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit
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**Subcommittee on Domestic and International Monetary Policy, Trade, and Technology
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==Issues==
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===Campaign themes===
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====2012====
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Meeks listed several of his campaign themes on his website:<ref>[http://www.congressmangregorymeeks.com/issues Campaign website "Issues"]</ref>
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*The Federal Budget
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*Education
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*Homeland Security
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*Jobs and the economy
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*Housing
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===Political positions===
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====Specific votes====
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=====Fiscal Cliff=====
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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 1 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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==Elections==
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===2014===
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:: ''See also: [[New York's 5th congressional district elections, 2014]]''
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Meeks is set to run for [[U.S. Congress elections, 2014|re-election]] to the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election. {{Nov2014genelection}}
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===2012===
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::''See also: [[New York's 5th congressional district elections, 2012]]''
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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 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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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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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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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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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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|Chamber=U.S. House, New York District 5
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|party= Democratic
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|winner1 =Gregory W. Meeks
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|Inc1 = Y
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|candidate2 =Allan Jennings
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|candidate3 =Mike Scala
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|candidate4=Joseph Marthone
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|votes1 = 8507
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|votes2 =  1712
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|votes3 =1417
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===Full history===
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<big>'''2010'''</big>
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<big>'''2008'''</big>
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<big>'''2006'''</big>
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<big>'''2004'''</big>
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==Campaign donors==
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{{Comprehensive donor history
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|Name=Meeks
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|year=2000
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|Editdate= March 23, 2013
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|link=<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/elections.php?cycle=2012&cid=N00001171&type=I ''Open Secrets'' "Career Fundraising for Gregory Meeks" March 2013]</ref>
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|party=Democratic
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|totalraised2012=740896
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|result2012=Won
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|office2012=U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 5)
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|totalraised2010=917283
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|result2010=Won
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|office2010=U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 6)
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|totalraised2008=1039732
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|result2008=Won
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|office2008=U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 6)
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|totalraised2006=819726
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|office2006=U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 6)
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|totalraised2004=679887
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|result2004=Won
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|office2004=U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 6)
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|totalraised2002=580765
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|result2002=Won
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|office2002=U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 6)
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|totalraised2000=407355
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|office2000=U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 6)
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===Individual breakdown===
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===2014===
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Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the [[Federal Election Commission]] during the [[United States Congress elections, 2014|2014 elections season]]. Below are Meek’s reports.<ref>[http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?H8NY06048 ''Federal Election Commission'' "Gregory Meeks Summary Report," Accessed July 30, 2013]</ref>
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|Name = Gregory Meeks (2014)
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|Report 1 = April Quarterly<ref>[ http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/707/13961607707/13961607707.pdf#navpanes=0 ''Federal Election Commission'' "Gregory Meeks Quarterly," Accessed July 30, 2013]</ref>
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|Date 1 =April 15, 2013
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|Beginning Balance 1 = 27719.37
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|Total Contributions 1 = 73458.86
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|Expenditures 1= 67471.05
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|Cash on Hand 1 = 33707.18
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|Report 2 =July Quarterly<ref>[http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/046/13964067046/13964067046.pdf#navpanes=0 ''Federal Election Commission'' "Gregory Meeks July Quarterly," Accessed July 30, 2013]</ref>
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|Date 2 =July 15, 2013
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|Beginning Balance 2 = 33707.18
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|Total Contributions 2 = 160796.74
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|Expenditures 2= 101616.55
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|Cash on Hand 2 = 92887.37
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===2012===
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[[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>
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====Cost per vote====
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Meeks spent $4.32 per vote received in 2012.
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{{Congress donor box 2012
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|winner = Y
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|Chamber = U.S. House of Representatives, New York's 5th Congressional District
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|party = Democratic
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|total raised = $740,897
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|total spent = $724,665
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|opponent raised = $16,812
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|opponent spent = $16,352
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|org1 = FedEx Corp
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|org2 = American Express
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|org3 = AT&T Inc
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|org4 = Bank of America
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|org5 = Credit Suisse Group
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|orgdonor1 = $12,500
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|orgdonor2 = $10,000
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|orgdonor3 = $10,000
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|orgdonor4 = $10,000
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|orgdonor5 = $10,000
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|ind1 = Securities & Investment
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|ind2 = Insurance
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|ind3 = Finance/Credit Companies
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|ind4 = Air Transport
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|ind5 = Real Estate
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|inddonor1 = $92,000
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|inddonor2 = $77,750
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|inddonor3 = $68,500
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|inddonor4 = $34,899
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|inddonor5 = $32,500
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===2010===
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[[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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{{Congress donor box 2010
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|Chamber = U.S. House of Representatives, New York's 5th Congressional District
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|party = Democratic
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|total raised = $917,283
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|total spent = $959,453
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|opponent raised = $74,942
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|opponent spent = $64,043
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|org1 = American Express
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|org2 = Sheet Metal Workers Union
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|org3 = NASDAQ OMX Group
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|org4 = Bank of America
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|org5 = AFLAC Inc
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|orgdonor1 = $24,900
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|orgdonor2 = $20,000
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|orgdonor3 = $17,750
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|orgdonor4 = $17,450
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|orgdonor5 = $10,000
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|ind1 = Insurance
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|ind2 = Securities & Investment
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|ind3 = Finance/Credit Companies
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|ind4 = Real Estate
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|ind5 = Commercial Banks
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|inddonor1 = $113,650
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|inddonor2 = $105,100
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|inddonor3 = $85,260
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|inddonor4 = $48,150
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|inddonor5 = $44,750
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|}}
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==Analysis==
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===Ideology and leadership===
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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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===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 6, 2013]</ref>
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Meeks most often votes with:
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*{{bluedot}} [[Frederica Wilson]]
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*{{reddot}} [[Chris Gibson]]
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Meeks least often votes with:
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*{{bluedot}} [[Jim Matheson]]
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*{{reddot}} [[Jeff Duncan]]
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===Lifetime voting record===
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::''See also: [[Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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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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===Congressional staff salaries===
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::''See also: [[Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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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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====Staff bonuses====
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{{Congbonuses
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===Net worth===
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:: ''See also: [[Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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====2011====
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', 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>
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====2010====
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', 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>
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===National Journal vote ratings===
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:: ''See also: [[National Journal vote ratings]]''
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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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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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===Percentage voting with party===
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====June 2013====
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==Recent news==
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This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term '''Gregory + Meeks + New York + House'''
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:''All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.''
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==Personal==
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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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==External links==
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*[http://www.house.gov/meeks/ U.S. Congressman Gregory W. Meeks] ''official U.S. House site''
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*[http://www.congressmangregorymeeks.com/ Congressman Gregory Meeks] ''official campaign site''
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