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Patrick Meehan
Patrick Meehan.jpg
U.S. House, Pennsylvania, District 7
Incumbent
In office
2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
PredecessorJoe Sestak (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$7.75 in 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$5,621,669
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sBowdoin College
J.D.Temple University
Personal
BirthdayOctober 20, 1955
Place of birthCheltenham, Pennsylvania
Net worth$290,510
Websites
Office website
Campaign website

Patrick Meehan (b. October 20, 1955, in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania) is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Pennsylvania. Meehan was first elected in 2010 and most recently won re-election in 2012.[1] He was unopposed in the April 24 Republican primary and defeated Democrat George Badey in the general election on Novembr 6, 2012.[2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Meehan is a more moderate right of center Republican Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Republican Party line more than his fellow members.

Prior to becoming a congressman, Meehan was a U.S. Attorney. Before that, he was an aide to Sen. Arlen Specter and the district attorney for Delaware County, Pennsylvania.[3]

Meehan is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election on May 20, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Biography

Meehan is a former United States Attorney, which is an appointed post, and as Delaware County District Attorney from 1996-2001. As noted in his office bio, during Meehan's tenure as D.A., he won a number of significant murder prosecutions. Other credits include launching Delaware County's first Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force to crack down on cyber-sex predation.[3]

His entry into the political field happened when he took a job as an aide for ex-Sen. Arlen Specter in 1991.

Meehan attended Bowdoin college for his undergraduate degree and later earned his Juris Doctor from Temple University School of Law. Before ever serving in public office, Meehan worked as a referee in the N.H.L. for two years.[3]

Career

  • 1978: Graduated from Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine
  • 1986: Graduated from Temple Law School, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • 2001-2008: Served as U.S. attorney
  • 1991-1994: Aide to Senator Arlen Specter
  • 1996-2001: Delaware County (Pa.) district attorney
  • 2011-Present: U.S Representative from Pennsylvania

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Meehan serves on the following committees:[4]

2011-2012

  • Homeland Security
    • Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence
    • Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies
  • Oversight and Government Reform
    • Subcommittee on TARP, Financial Services and Bailouts of Public and Private Programs
    • Subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and Procurement Reform
  • Transportation and Infrastructure
    • Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials
    • Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management
    • Subcommittee on Aviation

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[5] For more information pertaining to Meehan's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Meehan voted in favor of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[7]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Meehan voted against 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]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "Yes" Meehan voted in favor of HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[8] The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[7]

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" Meehan voted in support 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]

Economy

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Meehan voted in favor of 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. The vote largely followed party lines.[7]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "No" Meehan voted against House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[7]

Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act

Voted "Yes" Meehan voted against HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[7]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "No" Meehan voted against House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[7]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Meehan 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 85 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[9]

Elections

2014

See also: Pennsylvania's 7th congressional district elections, 2014

Meehan is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election on May 20, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Pennsylvania's 7th congressional district elections, 2012

Meehan ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Pennsylvania's 7th District. He was unopposed in the April 24 Republican primary and faced Democrat George Badey in the November 6 general election.[10]

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in Pennsylvania in 2012 as one of the states that could determine whether Democrats would retake the House or Republicans would hold their majority in 2013.[11] Ohio tied with Pennsylvania for 9th on the list.[11]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 7 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic George Badey 40.6% 143,509
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPatrick Meehan Incumbent 59.4% 209,942
Total Votes 353,451
Source: Pennsylvania Department of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Meehan is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Meehan raised a total of $5,621,669 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 18, 2013.[13]

Patrick Meehan's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Pennsylvania, District 7) Won $2,589,844
2010 US House (Pennsylvania, District 7) Won $3,031,825
Grand Total Raised $5,621,669

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Patrick Meehan's reports.[14]

Patrick Meehan (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[15]April 15, 2013$1,007,477.33$207,367.00$(153,706.43)$1,061,137.90
July Quarterly[16]July 15, 2013$1,061,137.90$402,221.00$(104,221.71)$1,359,137.19
October Quarterly[17]October 13, 2013$1,359,137.19$162,586.00$(117,462.62)$1,404,260.57
Running totals
$772,174$(375,390.76)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Meehan's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Meehan won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, his campaign committee raised a total of $2,589,845 and spent $1,627,729 .[18] This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[19]

Cost per vote

Meehan spent $7.75 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Meehan won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Meehan's campaign committee raised a total of $3,031,825 and spent $2,986,713.[20]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Meehan is a "rank-and-file Republican" as of June 2013.[21]

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.[22]

Meehan most often votes with:

Meehan least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Meehan missed 19 of 1,714 roll call votes from January 2011 to April 2013. This amounts to 1.1%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving as of April 2013.[23]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Meehan paid his congressional staff a total of $715,795 in 2011. Overall, Pennsylvania ranked 34th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[24]

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, Meehan's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $91,021 and $490,000. That averages to $290,510, which is significantly lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth increased by 16.20% from 2010.[25]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Meehan's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $75,019 to $425,000. That averages to $250,009.50 which was lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[26]

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.

2012

Meehan ranked 232nd in the conservative rankings in 2012.[27][28]

2011

Meehan was ranked 227th in the conservative rankings, making him the 12th most liberal Republican in U.S. House in 2011.[29]

Voting with party

2013

Patrick Meehan voted with the Republican Party 90.2% of the time, which ranked 219th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[30]

2011

Patrick Meehan voted with the Republican Party 86.5% of the time, which ranked 223 among the 242 House Republican members as of December 2011.[31]

Personal

Meehan is married to Carolyn. They have three children.

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External links


References

  1. Politico "2012 House Race Results"
  2. Pennsylvania Department of State "2012 General Primary Unofficial Returns," April 24, 2012
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Congressman Patrick Meehan, "Biography," accessed August 7, 2013
  4. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  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 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 Project Votesmart, "Patrick Meehan Key Votes," accessed October 15, 2013
  8. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  9. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  10. Pennsylvania Department of State "2012 General Primary Unofficial Returns," April 24, 2012
  11. 11.0 11.1 Washington Post "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012" Accessed April 25, 2012
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  13. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Patrick Meehan," Accessed April 18, 2013
  14. Federal Election Commission "Patrick Meehan 2014 Summary reports," Accessed October 28, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission "Patrick Meehan's April Quarterly," Accessed July 22, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission "Patrick Meehan's July Quarterly," Accessed July 22, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  18. Open Secrets "Patrick Meehan's 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 4, 2013
  19. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  20. Open Secrets "Patrick Meehan 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 16, 2011
  21. Gov Track, "Patrick Meehan," accessed June 19, 2013
  22. OpenCongress, "Rep. Patrick Meehan ," accessed August 22, 2013
  23. GovTrack, "Patrick Meehan," Accessed April 17, 2013
  24. LegiStorm, "Patrick L. Meehan," Accessed September 24, 2012
  25. OpenSecrets.org, "Patrick L. Meehan (R-Pa), 2011"
  26. OpenSecrets.org, "Patrick L. Meehan (R-Pa), 2010," Accessed September 24, 2012
  27. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 21, 2013
  28. National Journal, "TABLE: House Conservative Scores by Issue Area," February 21, 2013
  29. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  30. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  31. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Joe Sestak
U.S. House of Representatives - Pennsylvania District 7
–present
Succeeded by
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