Patrick Meehan

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

Patrick Meehan (b. October 20, 1955) is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Pennsylvania. Meehan was first elected in 2010. He ran for re-election in 2012 and won.[1]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Meehan is a "centrist Republican follower".[2]


  • 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


Meehan serves on the following committees:[3]


  • 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


Specific votes

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 one 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.[4]



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.[5]

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.[6] Ohio tied with Pennsylvania for 9th on the list.[6]

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.[8]

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


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 .[9]


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.[10]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

U.S. House of Representatives, Pennsylvania Congressional District 7 Election, 2010 - Patrick Meehan Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $3,031,825
Total Spent $2,986,713
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $1,668,458
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $1,628,783
Top contributors to Patrick Meehan's campaign committee
Cozen & O'Connor$40,550
Duane Morris LLP$24,150
Conrad O'Brien PC$23,950
Pepper Hamilton LLP$17,800
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius$15,900
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$474,820
Leadership PACs$135,150
Real Estate$127,700
Securities & Investment$118,900


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.[11]

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.[12]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.[13]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.[14]

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. In 2012, Meehan ranked 232nd among Republican Representatives in the conservative rankings.[15][16]


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Meehan was ranked 227th in the conservative rankings, making him the 12th most liberal Republican in U.S. House in 2011.[17]

Percentage voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Patrick Meehan has voted with the Republican Party 86.5% of the time, which ranked 223 among the 242 House Republican members as of December 2011.[18]

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Patrick Meehan is married to Carolyn. They have 3 children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Joe Sestak
U.S. House of Representatives - Pennsylvania District 7
Succeeded by