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Phone: 202-225-3461

Address: 2234 RHOB, DC 20515

Websites: meeks.house.gov
State Office Contact Information

Phone: (718) 725-6000

Address: 153-01 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica NY 11432-3870

Arverne NY

Phone: (347) 230-4032

Fax: (347) 230-4045

Address: 67-12 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Arverne NY 11692

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Gregory Meeks Biography
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  • Elected: Feb. 1998, 8th full term.
  • District: New York 5
  • Born: Sep. 25, 1953, Harlem
  • Home: Far Rockaway
  • Education:

    Adelphi U., B.A., 1975, Howard U., J.D., 1978

  • Professional Career:

    Asst. dist. atty., Queens Co., NY, 1978–84; NY St. Comm. of Investigations, 1984–85; Judge, NY St. Workers Compensation Bd., 1985–92.

  • Political Career:

    NY Assembly, 1992–98.

  • Ethnicity: Black/African American
  • Religion:

    Baptist

  • Family: Married (Simone-Marie); 3 children

Democrat Gregory Meeks, first elected in 1998, is a liberal who has more of a pro-business orientation than other New York City Democrats. Ethics controversies have overshadowed his legislative work in recent years. Read More

Democrat Gregory Meeks, first elected in 1998, is a liberal who has more of a pro-business orientation than other New York City Democrats. Ethics controversies have overshadowed his legislative work in recent years.

Meeks grew up in public housing projects in Harlem. He was inspired by his mother, who went back to school when her four children were older and who encouraged community service volunteerism. Meeks’ childhood hero was Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. After graduating from college and law school, Meeks moved to Far Rockaway. He became an assistant district attorney in 1978 and a workers’ compensation judge in 1985. He was elected to the New York state Assembly in 1992 and became an ally of Democratic Rep. Floyd Flake, a minister whose Allen African Methodist Episcopal Church congregation grew from 1,400 members in 1976 to 12,000 in 2000.

When Flake retired, Meeks won a majority of Democratic committee members at a January 1998 endorsement meeting and thus became the party’s nominee. Democratic state Sen. Alton Waldon and Assemblywoman Barbara Clark ran as independents. With the support of Flake, Rep. Charles Rangel of New York, and civil rights leaders Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, Meeks won with 57% of the vote, to Waldon’s 21% and Clark’s 13%. Since then, he has had only token opposition.

Meeks has a liberal voting record, but he is a member of the commerce-oriented New Democrat Coalition. He backed the 2005 Central American Free Trade Agreement, citing increased traffic for JFK Airport, along with free trade pacts in 2011 with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea. As a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, he helped launch a caucus on U.S.-Russia trade and economic relations. He and New York Republican Michael Grimm got a bill into law in 2012 authorizing construction of natural gas pipelines in the state’s portion of the Gateway National Recreation Area. He also sought to help constituents facing foreclosure. “The worst thing that I’ve seen is families in my office crying because they are about to lose their house,” he said at an October 2011 town hall meeting. On the Financial Services Committee, Meeks has joined African-American members in seeking to ensure that minorities’ issues are addressed in the panel’s legislation.

Meeks has shown a desire to advance in the party. When several House Democratic leadership positions opened up in late 2002, he campaigned for vice chairman of the Democratic Caucus but was bested by Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina. In 2008, Meeks became chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus’s political action committee.

But his personal life has caused him some political problems. The Federal Election Commission in 2006 reprimanded him for using more than $6,000 in 2004 campaign funds for a personal trainer and other expenses. Meeks’ financial ethics have become fodder for New York’s major dailies in recent years. The New York Times wrote in March 2010 that despite acknowledging that he has no more than a few thousand dollars in his savings account, he “lives a life worthy of a jet-setter,” staying in luxury hotels, driving a taxpayer-leased $1,000-a-month Lexus and buying a $1 million house built by a developer who was a campaign contributor. He told the newspaper that he observed all campaign finance laws, and that “I am not going to raise the money in my district that I need to be a player here in Washington.” The New York Daily News reported in June that he described his failure to list $55,000 in personal loans as an “oversight.” And The New York Post found inconsistencies in his political action committee records, including $325 in monthly rent on a nonexistent Queens office. Meeks blamed the negative attention on conservative groups out to undermine Democrats.

The Post reported in January 2013 that Meeks had ties to several people who were either in jail or under indictment. One friend facing sentencing in a mortgage-fraud scheme, Edul Ahmad, gave Meeks $40,000 in 2007. The congressman said the money was a loan but did not pay it back until after the FBI inquired about it. The House Ethics Committee cleared Meeks of wrongdoing in the matter, although The Post said that a federal investigation was continuing. A Queens immigration lawyer, Albert Baldeo, who was arrested for campaign finance fraud in a 2010 bid to serve on the city council, told The Post he gave Meeks a break on rent for office space in a building he owned because he wanted the congressman to have a presence in his area. House rules prohibit members from receiving below-market rent. Meeks told the newspaper, “My office complied with the law and continues to do so.”

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Gregory Meeks Election Results
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2012 General
Gregory Meeks (D)
Votes: 167,835
Percent: 89.72%
Allan Jennings (R)
Votes: 17,875
Percent: 9.56%
2012 Primary
Gregory Meeks (D)
Votes: 9,920
Percent: 66.52%
Allan Jennings (D)
Votes: 1,972
Percent: 13.22%
Mike Scala (D)
Votes: 1,694
Percent: 11.36%
Joseph Marthone (D)
Votes: 1,327
Percent: 8.9%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (88%), 2008 (100%), 2006 (100%), 2004 (100%), 2002 (97%), 2000 (100%), 1998 (100%), 1998 special (57%)
Gregory Meeks Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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2013 2012 2011
Economic 72 (L) : 28 (C) 89 (L) : - (C) 92 (L) : - (C)
Social 73 (L) : 24 (C) 85 (L) : - (C) 80 (L) : - (C)
Foreign 77 (L) : 23 (C) 71 (L) : 27 (C) 68 (L) : 31 (C)
Composite 74.5 (L) : 25.5 (C) 86.3 (L) : 13.7 (C) 84.8 (L) : 15.2 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC100
LCV9777
CFG1521
ITIC-82
NTU1113
20112012
COC36-
ACLU-84
ACU00
ADA7585
AFSCME100-
Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Regulate financial firms
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Pass tax cuts for some
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Stop detainee transfers
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Legalize immigrants' kids
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Repeal don't ask, tell
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Limit campaign funds
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Overturn Ledbetter
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass $820 billion stimulus
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Let guns in national parks
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass cap-and-trade
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Bar federal abortion funds
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass health care bill
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Bail out financial markets
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Repeal D.C. gun law
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Overhaul FISA
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Increase minimum wage
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Expand SCHIP
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Raise CAFE standards
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Share immigration data
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Foreign aid abortion ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Ban gay bias in workplace
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Withdraw troops 8/08
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • No operations in Iran
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Free trade with Peru
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
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