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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, 2015
Years in position 16
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorGary Ackerman (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 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
1993-1998
Education
Bachelor'sAdelphi University
J.D.Howard University
Personal
BirthdaySeptember 25, 1953
Place of birthEast Harlem, New York
ProfessionAttorney, Judge
Net worth$0
ReligionAfrican Methodist Episcopal
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
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 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..

Meeks is set to run for re-election on November 4, 2014.[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.

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.[2]

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.[3]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Meeks serves on the following committees:[4]

2011-2012

Meeks served on the following committees:[5]

  • 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

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Meeks listed several of his campaign themes on his website:[6]

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

Political positions

Specific votes

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 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.[7]

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.[8]

Meeks was also fined $63,000 in 2008 by the Federal Election Commission for improper use of campaign funds.[8]

Elections

2014

See also: New York's 5th congressional district elections, 2014

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

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 be the one to receive the party nod over Meeks.[9] Meeks won the primary and advanced to the general election on November 6th, 2012.[10] He was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[11]

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.[9]

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.[12]

Marthone said education is the way to solve the nation's problems.[13]

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.[9] 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.[9]

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.[20]

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

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Meek’s reports.[21]

Gregory Meeks (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[22]April 15, 2013$27,719.37$73,458.86$(67,471.05)$33,707.18
July Quarterly[23]July 15, 2013$33,707.18$160,796.74$(101,616.55)$92,887.37
Running totals
$234,255.6$(169,087.6)

2012

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.[24]

Cost per vote

Meeks spent $4.32 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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.[25]

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Meeks is a "moderate leader Democrat" as of June 19, 2013.[26]

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.[27]

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.[28]

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.[29]

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.[30]

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, 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.[31]

2010

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.[32]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

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.[33]

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.[34]

Percentage 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.[35]

Recent news

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Personal

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.[36]

External links

References

  1. ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
  2. 2.0 2.1 Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "MEEKS, Gregory W., (1953 - )"
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "MEEKS, Gregory W., (1953 - )"
  4. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  5. Congressman Gregory W. Meeks, New York's 6th District "Committees and Caucuses"
  6. Campaign website "Issues"
  7. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Politico "FBI investigating Meeks's $40K personal loan," July 8, 2010
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Queens Campaigner "Candidates for Congress spar," June 14, 2012
  10. AP "2012 primary results"
  11. ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
  12. Queens Chronicle "Scala eyes Meeks’ congressional seat," June 14, 2012
  13. Long Island Herald "Four seek Democratic nod in 5th Congressional District," June 20, 2012
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Gregory Meeks" March 2013
  21. Federal Election Commission "Gregory Meeks Summary Report," Accessed July 30, 2013
  22. [ http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/707/13961607707/13961607707.pdf#navpanes=0 Federal Election Commission "Gregory Meeks Quarterly," Accessed July 30, 2013]
  23. Federal Election Commission "Gregory Meeks July Quarterly," Accessed July 30, 2013
  24. Open Secrets "Gregory Meeks 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 26, 2013
  25. Open Secrets "Gregory W. Meeks 2010 Election Data," Accessed December 10, 2011
  26. Gov Track "Meeks" Accessed June 19, 2013
  27. OpenCongress, "Gregory Meeks," Accessed August 6, 2013
  28. GovTrack, "Gregory Meeks" Accessed April 2013
  29. LegiStorm, "Gregory W. Meeks," Accessed October 2, 2012
  30. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  31. OpenSecrets.org "Gregory W. Meeks (D-NY), 2011," accessed February 19, 2013
  32. OpenSecrets.org, "Gregory W. Meeks (D-NY), 2010," Accessed October 2, 2012
  33. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 6, 2013
  34. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  35. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  36. Congressman Gregory W. Meeks, New York's 6th District "Full Biography"
Political offices
Preceded by
Gary Ackerman
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 5
2013-Present
Succeeded by
'
Preceded by
Floyd Flake
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 6
1998-2013
Succeeded by
Grace Meng
Preceded by
Anthony Seminerio
New York State Assembly - District 31
1993–1998
Succeeded by
Pauline Rhodd-Cummings